• Lance-Selae August

Passionate performers and harmonious melodies in Fame: The Musical

Acting, dancing and music making may be the hardest professions in the world, but for the cast of Fame: The Musical, this was not the case at all! The production is based on the 1980 musical film of the same name and was originally conceptualised by David De Silva. The musical, which toured Broadway and West End to a great extent, now it makes its way to a South African stage through a community theatre rendition, which shows at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg, under the guiding hand of director, Yvonne Finch.

Fame tells the story of several students who receive the opportunity to attend the High School of Performing Arts in New York. The students experience hurdle after hurdle in their journey to becoming stars – and they learn that they can’t just sing and dance their way through life. The musical features familiar songs such as Hard Work, Prayer, Think of Meryl Streep, Dancin’ on the Sidewalk and Fame.

Among these students are fame hungry Carmen (played by Kerryn Silke), shy violinist Schlomo (Tim Truran), ambitious actress Serena (Anna Grieve), comedian and bad boy Joe (Hishaam Loofer), budding dancer Tyrone (Chad Baai), weight-conscious Mabel (Summer Geffen) and troubled dancer Iris (Hannah Raw). The main cast are supported by an ensemble made up of Nomlibo Ndwayana, Lea Van Blerk, Felicity Berold, Vicky Barratt, Imke du Toit, DeVoe Johnson and Nigel Sweet.

A few worthy mentions:

  • The production featured a band of talented musicians who were always harmonious and in sync with the cast.

  • An eclectic hybrid of modern and 80’s costumes were used. This contributes to the musical’s aesthetic appeal. The production is fresh, vibrant and colourful.

  • The cast shows immense passion for their performance, strong enough to move even the manliest man.

In conversation with Yvonne Finch, she characterised the directorial journey as having been “Inspirational, humbling, rewarding, exciting, fulfilling and thoroughly enjoyable”. Audiences can expect a feel-good experience with lots of laughter and wow-moments which will create happy memories of an evening thoroughly enjoyed. The production has aligned itself to fundraising initiatives to worthy organisations, and prides itself to stretching their routes further into the community.

Fame: The Musical shows at the Masque Theatre until 23 December 2017 at 19:30pm nightly, with additional performances at 14:30 on weekends. Tickets are priced between R115 and R125 and can be purchased at the box office, or at Computicket outlets.

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