2012 Performing Arts Festival
Energy, passion and talent - the perfect mix to showcase excellence at this year’s Performing Arts Festival. The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace played host to the festival on the 5 May 2012. Close to 800 learners and educators gathered in the state of the art theatre as part of the annual event that recognises the wealth of talent within the seven high schools that form part of the Peermont School Support Programme (PSSP). The aim of supporting excellence in the performing arts was achieved as each school performed with contagious passion and energy.
As a highlight on the PSSP calendar, the honour and prestige of winning the festival motivated schools to raise the bar even higher this year. The overall winners, General Smuts High School from Vereeniging, put on a performance that delighted spectators and fellow contestants alike. A colourful and dazzling display of singing, dancing, gum boots and tenors earned General Smuts the “Best Presentation and Costume” award in addition. “The Smuts Tenors” performed with gusto and wowed the audience with their powerful voices that added a touch of magic to the day!
One of the objectives of the festival is to recognise passion and excellence where it exists and this was evident in Unity Secondary School’s vocal performance as they won the “Best Choral Performance”. The colourful costumes and voices “in unity” provided a feast for both the ears and eyes.
The dance performances by the Thuto Lesedi Secondary School learners included a mix of favourites from Pantsula and hip hop to the more traditional Tsonga and Zulu displays. Their effort and rhythm earned Thuto Lesedi the “Best Dance Performance” award. The trophy was received with much enthusiasm and appreciation from the judges Robin Hogarth (two-time Grammy award winner), musician Thembinkosi Nkambule and Generations star, Sophie Ndaba. The “Best Instrumental Effort” award went to Lethulwazi Comprehensive Secondary School for their talented musical performances on the marimbas that had everyone tapping their feet!
Germiston High School’s recorder ensemble welcomed their learners on stage with a cheerful rendition of “Oh when the Saints” followed by performances that were accompanied by drums and piano thus earning the school “Best Instrumental Support”.
The “Best Coordinated Dance” award went to Sunward Park High School for their performance of “The Story of Mamma Mia”. Timing and precision in each dance movement thrilled the audience as the story unfolded. Tembisa High School’s dancers outperformed their competitors as they danced their way to the “Best Traditional and Hip Hop Dance” award. Their commitment to excellence throughout their performance was mirrored by the enthusiastic smiles on each learners face.
The aim of the festival was achieved with great success as each school presented their unique performance showcasing excellence through the performing arts. And we look forward to the next Performing Arts Festival in 2013!
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