The spectacular Dreamgirls ended its run on Sunday, and it was hard to tell who enjoyed the performance more – the talented cast or the delighted audience.
THE cast of Dreamgirls pulled out all the stops for a hugely excited audience on the show’s last night. For One Night Only, 180 youngsters from children’s home across the city got to experience the glitz, the glamour and the excitement of the award-winning musical at Montecasino’s Teatro.
and Lindiwe Vundla enjoyed Dreamgirls tremendouslySimon Buys and Lindiwe Vundla enjoyed Dreamgirls tremendouslySunday, 8 May was the closing night of the show and the City of Johannesburg decided to make it a night to remember for the children – most of whom had never been to a theatre before.
The chance for the children to see a show of international standards was made possible through the partnership of the City of Johannesburg’s department of community development and the Dreamgirls’ team, including executive director Tony Feldman.
“This gives the children a different experience; it opens up a different world for them,” said the mayoral committee member for finance, Parks Tau.
One of the City’s focus areas is social development and enhancing the lives of the people who live here.
The youngsters were bused in from as far away as Orange Farm and Soweto for their night out. They joined representatives from the City of Johannesburg, including members of the mayoral committee for environment and corporate services and transport, Matshidiso Mfikoe and Rehana Moosajee, as well as executive directors of community development and economic development, Pilisiwe Twala-Tau and Jason Ngobeni.
And, it was worth the trip. The spectacular show sparkled from the get-go. The dynamic voices of the cast drew screams of exhilaration from the audience; they gasped in awe as the ever-changing costumes became increasingly dazzling.
Dreamgirls put up a stirling performanceDreamgirls put up a sterling performanceThe bold lighting and staging were a hit from the start.
The youngsters showed their appreciation throughout – clapping, supporting the actions of the players and moving to the music. “Oes” called out one youngster as one of the characters made a smart decision or told off someone for an unjust action.
But for all its brilliance, it was the powerful singing by the cast and the story they told that grabbed the children’s attention. “I loved every moment,” said 17-year-old Simon Buys from Alexandra. It was his first visit to the theatre. “It was really impressive.” He most enjoyed the mover-and-shaker character of Curtis, played by Aubrey Poo.
“It was so much better than the movie,” said 16-year-old Nokuthula Vundla from the Siyakhula Children’s Home in Orange Farm, who empathised most with the character of Effie, played by Lindiwe Bungane. “It had more detail and more music.”
Dreamgirls traverses a two-decade history of American music from the late 1950s to the ‘70s, telling the story of the highs and lows, of friendships made and broken, of dreams realised.
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