Dear Cultural Children : Step right up and feast yourself in the upcoming productions this year…

~Janine Scheepers

All the world is a stage, and all the men and women are merely players. They have their exits and their entrances and one man at a time plays many parts. Every year as ‘cultural children’ we look forward to the drama season when those audition papers are stapled outside the drama class. This year’s productions from Hoërskool Strand are absolutely going to be a year to remember and you’ll definitely be affected by this wonderful cultural side of our school in one way or another. With two competition plays and a musical lined up, it’s really going to be an eventful year to look forward to.

The comedy-tragedy production,  X + Y (Adapted version) is also one of the highlights. It is a “being kicked in the stomach” text adapted from the pen of Christian Olwagen. Ansela Burger will be directing the piece. The cast has been chosen and they started practising last year in preparation for this year, as it is one of the two competition productions. This specific production is about the life of a teenager seen through the perspective of Cloë, the main character who asks all the tough questions that float inside any teenager’s head.

We’re also participating in The Shakespeare Festival in May. This takes place at The Baxter Theatre. Athens is the setting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is planning his marriage to Hippolyta, and as a result he is a planning a large festival.  Egeus enters, followed by his daughter Hermia, her beloved Lysander, and her suitor Demetrius.

The musical, Kliphart is a newly-written text in the style of a pseudo-pantomime. It tells the fairy tale of Jan (of the Beanstalk), who has long been in love with Bella (Beauty and the Beast).  The two almost miss each other because Ursula (from Little Mermaid)  interrupts their fate. The musical contains modern as well as good old classic songs. Mrs M. van Wyk and Mr L.A. de Necker as well as Erica Bezuidenhout will be directing this play.  This spectacular production will be staged in in July. It should not be missed.

The second competition is a piece written by Johann Let, a very well-known and highly respected director-writer-actor. You can relate the text on a humorous level as it acts like a mirror into our experience of the realities in which other people live, or they believe they do…  Do not miss this humorous play in May.

The original text of Die Vetste Vrou wen was translated by Ansela Burger. She will be doing this play as part of her practical assessment for Dramatic Arts as a subject. Die Vetste Vrou wen‘s theme focuses on the excessive hold that food has on a person, and women in general. This theatre piece will take on the theatre of the Absurd. Real cakes, tarts and other sweet things will be part of the play. Die Vetste Vrou wen will be staged in May.


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