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Saturday, June 15, 2013


(The cast of "Can You Feel It?")

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa KZN (PANSA) has announced that the 13th annual Rainbow Young Performers Project for 2013 is the original production, Can You Feel It?, written and directed by Peter Court and Charon Williams-Ros, which will be at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from June 29 until July 14.

Spearheaded by PANSA (the Performing Arts Network of South Africa: KZN, the project ensures that the pupils get a taste of working in the professional arena; an idea of the manner in which a play develops from rehearsals to the construction of the sets; and most of all plenty of hard work. Rehearsals began in May with the cast meeting every weekend until the opening night. The programme promotes discipline, develops confidence, and gives an opportunity to make lifelong friendships, to learn a huge amount from the professionals and have a whole lot of fun at the same time!

The Rainbow Young Performers production 2013 is currently in rehearsal. This year’s production of Can You Feel It? sees a departure from the traditional familiar book musical in favour of something a little different. “Part of the publicity campaign is an element of secrecy but we can tell you that there’s great singing, dance, and physical theatre with a distinct Cirque du Soleil feel. The storyline, however, relates to South African life and some of the issues facing our youth,” says Charon Williams-Ros.

Almost 400 aspirant performers arrived for the auditions in April with a couple of bus-loads from Hammarsdale (courtesy of Rainbow). This year four talented kids from Rainbow Star schools are part of the cast which features popular local actor, Rory Booth, as the professional this year. The rest of the cast is made up of young talent from a host of Durban schools (as well as three talented girls from one pro-active Pietermaritzburg school), all prepared to sacrifice every weekend for three months to be part of this amazing project.

Reports are thatrehearsals are going extremely well! The performers are responding to the ‘colouring outside the lines’ approach to theatre and are growing in confidence at each rehearsal.

Can You Feel It? will run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from June 29 until July 14. Booking is through Computicket.