National Children’s Theatre is back at work
Parktown is once more abuzz with drama, dance, singing, and a sprinkling of mime as NCT kicks off its Saturday workshops.
After several months on Zoom, teachers and workshoppers alike are ecstatic to get their theatre muscles flexing in person again.
NCT’s workshops are run by industry professionals, and our workshoppers get ample time in each discipline. Every Saturday morning, they spend 09:00 – 12:00 in their age-appropriate groups moving from drama, to dancing, to singing, and to physical theatre. The final term of the year runs from Saturday 26 September to Saturday 28 November – nine educational, fun-filled mornings to get rid of those lockdown cobwebs.
This term, our stellar team of workshop teachers are:
Dominique Vermeulen – DRAMA
Dominique has been teaching Dramatic Arts at a high school level for over 20 years and is passionate about developing the skills that young people need to express themselves. A graduate from Wits in Dramatic Arts, she has produced and directed stage productions both on the professional and the high school stage, being a winner of a Sancta Annual Full Length Play Awards for Best Director and Best Production in the Musical Theatre Category. Her talents in marketing have led her to work with many interesting performers and artists, further expanding her love for developing talent and potential in creatives.
Louise Duhain – DANCE
Louise completed her B-Tech in Musical Theatre degree in 2015 and has since been taking part in internationally touring musical theatre productions as well as local shows, children’s theatre and solo singing performances. She created, directed, produced and choreographed her own children’s production called the Adventures of Zoë the secret helper and the Christmas Sleigh, and a musical revue called PIaf, Brel & Compagnie. Louise teaches piano and singing privately and has been leading the dancing workshops at NCT for over a year.
Christine Ludwig – MUSIC
Christine has been the vocal coach and lead music expert on the television shows; The Voice South Africa, The Voice Nigeria, Idols, Clash of the Choirs SA, The Sing Off SA and Big Brother Africa: Hot Shots. She has also trained the internationally renowned cast of Africa Umoja. Her role as musical director and vocal producer include productions at National Children’s Theatre and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy. In the role of Choirmaster, she led the un-auditioned Southdowns College Choir to win the Episode Champions, and Best Newcomers Awards on kykNET’s television choral competition Sing in Harmonie. Currently, she trains top South African SAMA and Naledi winning artists and is a session vocalist in both studio and live performance. Christine holds a master’s degree in music from the University of the Free State.
Thuli Nduvane – PHYSICAL THEATRE
Thuli Nduvane, 24, is an actress, theatre-maker, writer, aspiring director and graduate from the Market Theatre Laboratory (2018). Highlights of her career include being in the resident theatre company for The Market Theatre & Windybrow Arts Centre; Kwasha! The company scooped two Standard Bank Ovation Awards at The National Arts Festival (2019). Thuli continues to create theatre and recently premiered her first independent production in January 2020, since leaving the Kwasha! Theatre Company. Thuli is the newest member to join the team and brings a whole new level of fun and energy to the physical theatre workshops.
Workshops take place 09:00 – 12:00 on Saturday mornings at National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg.
Term fees are R1 680, late joiners are welcome and are charged a pro-rated fee.
Contact Cindy on 011 484 1584, or email@example.com for further information.
Workshops take place with proper social distancing and other necessary Covid protocols observed.