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Monday, April 1, 2013


With the launch of The Rockville 2069 CD and Graphic Novel in August 2012, the stage is set for the next phase in the development of the Rockville 2069 project.

Rockville 2069 will come to life on stage during a national tour of the stage show production due to open in Pretoria at the SA State Theatre on June 27 before going on to perform in Durban, Bloemfontein and Cape Town

Rockville 2069 is a futuristic rock musical set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world and is steeped in the philosophies that characterise the rebellion of the 60’s, the 70’s and those that are currently shaping our world. The creative brainchild of composer Johnny Ray, who wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics and script with Bruno Paiolo, Rockville 2069 is a relevant and contemporary rock musical set to create a new shift in this genre. It’s a fully orchestrated production that sees over 60 artists and musicians from different cultural and musical backgrounds collaborate to bring a new thrilling voice to the rock musical scene.

The forthcoming stage show version of Rockville 2069 will be directed by Gavin Wright (The Fresh Theatre Company), with musical direction by Bryan Schimmel (Jersey Boys, Dreamgirls, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Rent) and choreography by Celeste Botha (Jazzart Dance Theatre).

Auditions for this new South African composed rock musical will be held at the Joburg Theatre on April 8 and 9.

Actors with strong rock voices and who also move well are encouraged to audition. Candidates are requested to prepare a rock song from the period between 1970 and 1990 that shows off their range, rock singing capability and acting ability. They are requested to bring sheet music, a headshot and CV. An accompanist will be provided. Absolutely no backing tracks will be permitted.

If applicants are able to play guitar they should bring their instruments with them.

Rehearsals will take place from June 3 to 26, with performances at the Pretoria State Theatre from June 27 to 29. Rehearsals and performances at The Playhouse in Durban are from July 16 to 22 and at the Sand Du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein from October 21 to 27. Dates in 2014 for Cape Town are still to be announced.

To schedule a time, contact Johnny Ray on 021 686 9754, 074 172 7324 or email For more information on auditions visit

Bookings for Pretoria and Durban have already opened through Computicket (0861 915 8000) and Bloemfontein bookings are open through the Sand du Plessis Theatre (051 447 7772).

The Graphic Novel and CD Pack has been released and distributed by EMI and is available in selected stores and online at Further information visit