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Drama

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Drama at Jeppe Girls provides a platform for girls who wish to express themselves through the theatre, light musicals and modern music. Major dramatic and musical productions every two years involve many girls in a variety of capacities. Productions over the last few years include ListenLittle Shop of Horrors, ‘Fame the Musical’, Tsholofelo, Snow White, Aladdin, The Boy Friend and Sophia Town.

Billed as an Extravaganza of Drama, Dance and Music, the 2019 production Showcase did not disappoint and was sold out on both nights of performance. Over a period of three hours, audiences were entertained with two one act plays, musical performances by Hlabelela, Marimba and Mamela, a story through dance and the delightful Jeppe orchestra.

The first play Born Free? was work-shopped by the cast and crew and directed by Hlakaniphile Mngomezulu. Light-hearted and extremely funny in some parts and horrifying in others, it depicted a number of scenes in everyday life in South Africa. The second play, The Other Way was written by Miss Pugin.

Both plays were entered into FEDA and EADS. We received 7 nominations at FEDA and 13 at EADS. Born Free? was awarded Best Satire at FEDA and Best Newcomers’ Award which was a special adjudicators award.  At EADS, The Other Way received Best Lighting, Best Backstage and Best Actress (Minenhle Makhubu) and Born Free? received Best Supporting Actress (Francesca Martis), Best Original Script and Most Promising Production.

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                            The casts of Born Free? and The Other Way

The inter-house plays take place in August/September and the directors of each house manage to pull together performances of a high standard each year.

The following girls were recognised during 2018 for their contribution to drama:

Full Colours (New): Minenhle Makhubu, Thando Madondo, Motshebe Mangole, Tsholofelo Mavuso, Kirsten Dickinson

Drama Technical: Anastasia Geldenhuys, Carmen Parker

Half Colours (New): Francesca Martis, Nomathemba Masango, Hlakaniphile Mngomezulu, Abigail Hartley

Drama Technical: Alexis Cuerden, Zoey Cuerden

Merit: Candice Horn, Alyssa Ambler, Marlene Angwafor, Jessica Bonthuys, Natasha Mwilambwe, Jessami Van Der Merwe, Katherine Edwards, Rethabile Manaka, Wande Nduna, Monique Tigere, Abongile Zakwe, Nandi Zulu, Ayabukwa Magocoba, Tshaamano Mabuba, Nicola Texeira

Team Award: Bronwyn Geen, Anastasia Geldenhuys, Abigail Hlalele, Candice Horn, Thando Madondo, Minenhle Makhubu, Motshebe Mangole, Francesca Martis, Nomathemba Masango, Tsholofelo Mavuso, Mqondiso Mquqo, Baleseng Noko, Carmen Parker, Masego Ramatsetse

Major Productions Over the Years

The 2017 production was Listen.

“Set in a post-apocalyptic South Africa ravaged by famine and war, the 2017 production of Listen addressed the social, economic and political issues facing our country at a time when South Africa is being rocked by “Fees must Fall” protests, state capture and the declaration of Junk Status. Written and directed by Ms Pugin, the play is a modern morality play, and although the subject matter is serious, the production has the uplifting energy of a musical. After months of rehearsals, our cast of talented Jeppe actresses, accompanied by the school choir and orchestra, created a moving and exciting visual spectacle. ” (Sukeina -Rossana Issufo who played the role of Orator).

The production received standing ovations from the sold out shows in the 4 nights in May. The message – the hope for unity lies in feeling our common humanity. “LISTEN …FEEL”

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The cast of Listen

Little Shop of Horrors performed to rave reviews in 2016.  Joan and Allan Swart who were visitors attending the last performance said ”Congratulations on an excellent show! We were amazed at the high standard of the production. The first surprise was the orchestra; then the sets (just loved Audrey 2)  lighting and sound proved to be equally good. What an incredibly talented cast!  They all played their roles so well with such good acting abilities and singing – some lovely voices there. We realize that it takes many hours of practice, enthusiasm and dedication to present a musical of that quality.  So, to everyone, it was well worth the effort and you can all be proud of the success of the show.”

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Little Shop of Horrors Cast and Crew

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2015 was the year of Fame the Musical. Our actresses, singers and dancers took centre stage and showcased their talents in this massive world famous musical.

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2014: To mark the celebration of 20 years of democracy, Michelle Pugin and Jani MacRobert, two of our educators wrote an original script entitled Tsholofelo – a Story of Hope. It brings the years of the struggle to life for the current generation and highlights some of the challenges still facing our fledgling democracy.

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The 2013 production of Snow White the pantomime presented by Jeppe Girls (with the permission of Ben Crocker) was a resounding success. The production included popular songs like “Live while we’re young” by One Direction, and a number of dance routines which accompanied songs like “18 till I die” by Bryan Adams.

The Cast of Snow White the Pantomime

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2012 saw the production of Aladdin, a pantomime that was a great hit with the kids.

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The 2008 production of “Sophia Town” brought us back to our South African roots and proved to be outstanding with a wonderful cast of 40 learners.