Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 16 May – 2 June
This year’s Young Performers Project, Curtain Up! opened to huge critical acclaim at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus where it runs until 2 June.
The score includes fabulous musical classics from The Wiz; Little Shop of Horrors; Cats; Cabaret; Fiddler on the Roof; Oliver! Rent; Les Mis; Into the Woods and a medley of South African numbers, Curtain Up! is suitable for all ages.
“I was transported…..Thank you for making a difference in my life today” enthused Thami Manyathi, Head of Ethekwini Transport authority in his opening night address.
The Young Performers Project has partnered with eThekwini Transport Authority through the launch of three Road Safety Musical Theatre Academies this year. Their Movement through the Performing Arts is another form of active mobility alongside the Go! Durban Cycle Academy.
Matthew Venturas, in his opening address as one of the board members of YPP, reminisced on the history of the Young Performers Project. Matthew paid tribute to his Dad, the late Themi Venturas, an integral part of the YPP family over the years.
Curtain Up! has been re-written and updated by multi-award-winning actress Charon Williams-Ros who wrote the original script for the first production in 2001. Curtain Up! will feature show-stopping musical theatre numbers woven into a script about a diverse group of talented young performers take shelter in a derelict theatre where, to their delight, they discover the evocative remnants of past productions. Multi-award-winning, Johannesburg-based actor, producer/director and choreographer, Jaco van Rensburg, a newcomer to YPP, directed Curtain Up!
The production is being staged at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus until 2 June. Booking is done through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers, by phone on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com. Don’t miss out this opportunity to watch some professional young actors revive some musical classics.
The New Revitalised Young Performers Production