national Arts Festival Banner

Sunday, December 27, 2009


(Pic: Delcia Narsiah (seated centre) with Rising Star Academy directors Andrea Zorab, Gillian Brunings and Devin Moller).

Budding young performer benefits from The Barnyard’s visionary developement project.

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway has always based their business principle on the karmic belief that you have to give back to in order to be successful. Not only have they been fully committed to staging so many fundraisers during the eight years they’ve been open, but they also offered a bursary to a rising star whose passion is performing.

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway teamed up with The Rising Star Academy for this project, and also offered the venue for the staging of classes in 2009. The bursary winner was Delcia Narsiah who had her weekly classes sponsored by The Barnyard, and she has proved to be a rising star, leading to the venue sponsoring her tuition again in 2010.

Enthusing about Delcia’s progress was her Rising Star Academy Speech and Drama teacher, Devin Moller. “Delcia is a young budding performer whose talents have grown over the year 2009. She successfully completed a poem and choral verse as part of the South African Speech and Drama society. In the second quarter of the year she participated in the musical The Wizard of Oz and took on the role of lead narrator. Her commitment to the piece shows her determined attitude. Her attendance at classes was impeccable and she is always well-mannered and ready to tackle all tasks with gusto. Further training in this field will boost her confidence, and she will become the true performer she can only but become.”

The study of performing arts is not limited to those who want to explore a future in the arts or develop a proficiency in theatre. The Rising Star Academy teaches multiple life skills such as public speaking, self confidence, emotional maturity, concentration, self-discipline as well as time management – all of which are essential attributes in the competitive world in which we live.

The Rising Star Academy is an extra-mural performing arts school offering children, between the ages of five and 18 years tuition in speech, drama, storytelling, mime, movement, acting skills, costume, make-up, directing, scriptwriting, stage design and improvisation. This in turn will lead to the opportunity to participate in South African Speech and Drama Festivals, as well as undertake the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) examinations.

Rising Star Academy holds weekly classes at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway Tuesdays during term time. For more information contact Gillian on 083 326 3257 or Andrea on 082 994 0984.

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway is also aware that it has been a very tough year for charities and institutions needing to raise funds, and is still committed to hosting fundraisers at their shows. In its belief of giving back, The Barnyard Theatre is offering further discounts on its fundraising prices for the first show of the year Diamonds & Pearls, a tribute to Celine Dion and Neil Diamond running from January 26 to March 7. For more information, contact Alida at The Barnyard on 031 566 3045