THEATRE REVIEW: BORN TO PERFORM PRESENTS SHINE! 2019
WOW! What an incredible evening we had last night at the Teatro at MonteCasino! The stage literally came alive in harmony, song and amazing choreography! These were high school students with incredible talent warming their way into the audiences hearts through song and dance.
‘Born To Perform‘ made its debut onto the South African stage back in 2015, providing a platform for our youth to develop life skills, self confidence, self worth but most importantly, for me, embracing and tolerating each others differences, through the medium of performing arts.
The production is incredible. The cast, well, I’m still sitting here, a day later, reflecting in amazement, with a heart full of pride, that someone so young can remember the lyrics to all those songs, all whilst remembering the dance moves, without once missing a step. Our South African talent pool is most definitely growing and one to look out for in the coming years. These school kids from Mondeor High, Fourways High, St. Vincents School and Curro Aurora gave it their all on stage last night. Sharing an incredible message with the audience, which is that we should be exactly who we want to be, regardless of the challenges we may face. Know that YOU ARE enough!
Us humans seldom share the more intimate details of our personal lives, with gender based violence and bullying at schools so rife currently and a sensitive topic in many South African minds, it was precious to hear both Thembeka Mnguni(The Voice SA) and Yahto Kraft (The Voice SA) share their own stories with the captivated audience. These two South African voices are talented and powerful. Thembeka sang ‘Children Will Listen’ backed by the students of St. Vincents School of the Deaf. What a performance! The lyrics for this song brought the crowd to tears.
South Africa listen out for this incredible talent, John Tsenoli! He will be releasing his debut single later this month (September). The audience’s appreciation for his performance, a 2018 original song, Long Road (complete with backing dancers and vocalists from Mondeor High), was evidenced by the loud cheering and clapping.
Over the years I’ve come to adore the song “Purple Rain” originally sung by Prince, and the different variations of its song since. Last night Tylo Venter and Craig Lucas did the song significant justice. Their emotive singing of “Purple Rain” left me with goosebumps.
SHINE2019 is a show not to be missed! It’s on stage for this weekend only, so take note of these times and book your tickets early to avoid #FOMO;
At The Teatro at Montecasino tonight, Saturday 14 September at 15h00 & 20h00, and the final performance tomorrow Sunday 15 September at 15h00. Tickets range from R180 – R320 and can be booked online through Computicket.