20 years on from the last show stopping rendition the Victoria Park High School will once again take to the stage to present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Opening night takes place on Wednesday the 11th of May, and the show runs until Saturday the 14th of May. The production will be staged in Victoria Park’s David Blake Hall, and promises to be yet another proud notch in the belt of the school’s prestigious music and drama resume.
Victoria Park High School holds in excess of 16 Showtime Awards, that include, two Best Show awards for the school’s previous productions of District Six and Copacabana. District Six also earned the school the revered Box Office Hit of the Year award.
Joseph is the debut directorship for Wicus Jansen van Rensburg, of Victoria Park High School‘s music department. Jansen Van Rensburg is no stranger to the stage, and has earned himself a number of noteworthy titles and achievements throughout his musical career. A music graduate from NMMU, Jansen van Rensburg is probably better known by his stage name, Will Jensen. Jensen is part of the Centrestage All Star Band and the boy band, Escape. He has further earned himself two Showtime awards for Theatrical Creativity, and is a two-time semi-finalist in the Crescendo singer-song writer competition.
Janse van Rensburg will take the lead not only from the director’s chair, but also fills the role of Joseph in the production.
Jansen van Rensburg’s assistant director will be Mariette van der Walt, who needs no introduction in the theatrical arena. Van der Walt has won a Showtime award for Best Director, and has twice been honoured with Showtime’s Best Creative Director award, for her directorship of District Six, Rock Around the Clock and My African Dream. District Six won Best Box Office Hit under Van der Walt’s passionate and creative directorship.
On stage, a talented cast of learners and teachers, will take on Webber’s musical and promises to entertain audiences with the highest level of creative talent, synonymous with Victoria Park High School‘s theatrical and musical repertoire. Matric learner, Cayce Fielding, will take on the role of the narrator – this promising young talent has already earned herself a number of notable titles in local and national singing competitions. Fielding won the 2008 Star Search Competition, and was overall winner of both the Susanna Fourie Singing Competition in 2009 and Elvis Competition in 2010.
Gr. 12 learner, Melikahaya Xotyeni takes on the role of “Judah” in the production, this talented young star and member of local band the New Afro-Teens will be playing as a support act to music giants George Benson and Hugh Masekela at the Nelson Mandela Bay International Music Festival on 14 May.
Marlon Louis, the musical director, also has a number of Showtime Awards to his name. He will lead the school band as they bring this musical to life with Webber’s renowned melodies. Catherine Gouws will bring the cast into step, with her creative choreography. Gouws was been awarded a Showtime Best Choreography award for her choreography of My African Dream.
Jansen van Rensburg says, “Joseph is simply one of those musicals that appeals to everyone and anyone, it is filled with beautiful music and a thoroughly enjoyable storyline. It was also presented by Victoria Park twenty years ago, and we thought it would be a most fitting tribute to past-pupils returning for their twenty-year reunion this year, to re-stage the production.”
Avitech will be providing sound for the production while the décor, set design and props will be the responsibility of mother, Chantal Fielding. All proceeds from the shows will go back to the school. Tickets are available from the school, and are selling at R60/ticket for adults and R30/ticket for scholars. Tables will be available on Friday night the 13th and Saturday night the 14th, and tickets are available at R90 per person.