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Suenel van Schalkwyk - 3de jaar student by The Stage skryf....

Het jy al ooit gedink hoe sien die wêreld daar buite ons. Die klomp kunssinniges, die
mense wat speel vir ‘n lewe, wat ‘n jol het elke dag na dag, want waste tipe
werk is sang, dans en toeneelspel nou eintlik? Dit is nie, want dit het nie ‘n
vaste werk met ‘n vaste adres nie. Teminste weet ons beter al voel ons soms klein
teen die “kundiges”: Wat studeer jy? En voor jy nog kan antwoord voel jy al
klaar soos ‘n mier, net op die manier wat jy weet jy nou behandel gaan word.
“Ek studeer “Performing Arts:  Sang, Drama en Dans”. En dan bly jy liewer net stil, want eerstens word jy aangekyk of jy half mal is en dan maak hulle bekend dat hulle iets studeer wat jy skaars kan uitspreek, drie grade agter die naam en skat ryk. Daar staan jy. Moet hoes om die eenvoudigste restaurant se huiswyn te kan bekostig, want sente is mos nie
bestaande aan ons kant van die draad nie, of wel so dink almal, maar sê my dan
as daar niks geld is nie, waarvan leef ons dan en hoekom doen ons dan dit, want
niemand se passie is regtig so groot dat jy daarvoor sal sterf nie, wel nie
letterlik nie. Eenvoudige antwoord: Jy kan maar so klein voel soos ‘n mier,
solank jy die hart van ‘n leeu het, jy moet passie eet vir ontbyt, die lewe as
‘n lied sien met ‘n paar hoë note, jou talent te benut om dit terug te skenk
aan God, vele kere te val en dis okay om te val solank jy net opstaan, maar dis
hoe jy opstaan wat dan tel.  Laaste maar nie die minste nie, die geld. Dis vir baie genoeg om ‘n lewe te maak en vir ander ‘n gemaklike lewe, maar daar is soveel meer wat in ons steek as net woorde leer en oefen.  Almal sien net altyd die snaaks, hartseer of ernstig en die bietjie ontspanning wat jy as gehoorlid daaruit kry, maar wie sien die oefening, woorde leer, hare, gremering, ligte, trane, bloed, sweet, baklei, min eet, baie min slaap, die mense agter en voor die skerm, skrywers, regisseur, musiek en so kan ek aangaan vir ure, maar
eintlik is daar net eending wat eintlik saakmaak. Solank ons dit sien, die
kunssinniges, regterbruin dominant, die mense wat die siel is van die lewe, wat
die dieper sien in die lewe, wat hulle emosies op hulle moue dra, solank ons
dit sien en dit wys met die blink in ons oë, glimlagte op ons gesigte, adrenalien
in ons are en die kunste wat klop in ons bloed, solank ons die waarheid weet.

 

Groete Suenel

 

At some point in our lives, we need to make
certain decisions. For some, it’s easy. For others, it’s something they would
prefer not to think about. Deciding what to do with your life isn’t an
overnight discovery; but when you eventually choose something that suits you,
you shouldn’t let anyone question your passion.

But there is a difference between choice and
passion. Performing arts is more than just a choice; it is a lifestyle. And
those who choose performing arts are drawn to this career by pure passion. It
isn’t the most “traditional” or “stable” career path and there will always be
those who try to change your mind.

As I am now in my matric year, I have repeatedly been asked by friends, family and
teachers what my plans are for when I leave school. There are mixed reactions
when I tell them that I would like to pursue a career in performing arts. About
half of them are supportive and say go for it. While some of my favourite
disapproving quotes are: “That’s not a real career; that’s a hobby”, or “Oh… That’s
nice”, or “You should have a backup and study something else, because there’s
no guarantee you’ll make any money, no matter how good you are.”

So.... All I can say is; it’s never easy. It’s risky and there are no guarantees. But if you have a passion and are willing to work hard and take risks to do what you love, then go for it. There will always be a way if you persevere. You might not end up doing EXACTLY what
you planned, but there are plenty of different things to do in this tough
industry.

Through blood, sweat and tears, performers
will find a way to live their dream. And if anyone ever tells you, you’re “too
clever” to do performing arts (Excuse me, are you saying performers are meant
to be unintelligent?), remember that art comes from within. It is personal and
creative and it is not something you can simply study out of a book and expect
it to be perfect. We are far from perfect; we are performers.

From me to you,

Celine…,

 

Buitelander laat my weer my land waardeer
Ons Moederstad is geseend met wereldklas teaters,
van die Kunstekaap tot Theatre on the Bay, maar reg op ons voorstoep is 'n
juweel wat nie geignoreer moet word nie. Die Boer Teater is gelee in die hartjie
van Durbanville en bied 'n tuiste vir plaaslike kunstenaars om met 'n gehoor van
niks meer as 150 mense hul passie vir die kunste te deel. Die sjarmante Stef Bos
het op 23 Januarie die verhoog syne kom maak. Die Belgiese kunstenaar het 'n
nuwe betekenis aan storie vertelling en egte lewenservaring gegee. Hy het
stories vertel oor sy liefde vir die land en die kleurryke mense wat hier woon.
Dit het jou 'n oomblik laat sit en dink aan wat ons daaglik van selfprekend
neem. Eenvoudinge gesegdes en woorde wat vir ons Afrikaners algemeen en banaal
geword het, wek in Stef 'n kinderlike agterdog en liefde op. Sy bewondering vir
die natuurskoon, Hilbrow se strate en die groot boer wat hom in die Vrystaat wou
bykom omdat “sy nasie” die Afrikaaners se vryheid wou steel laat jou elke
oomblik as sy lippe hang. Woorde soos eekorinkie wat vir sy
Afrikaans/Nederlandse kinders 'boomhasies' geword het laat jou weer die klein
dingetjies waardeer. Die informele teater wat jou die kans gee om aan 'n tafel
saam met vriende en familie te kuier terwyl jy jou vertoning geniet bied die
perfekte atmosfeer vir Stef se eerlike en ongesensorde vertoning. Stef het nie
net die vemoe om 'n kamer vol mense stil te sing nie, maar hy kan ook emosies
opwek wat jy vir 'n lang tyd weg gebere het. Dus is die talentvolle Stef Bos 'n
kunstenaar wat jy nie moet misloop nie en Die Boer 'n plek wat beslis deur almal
geniet moet word.
Rochelle Odendaal

 

The lights go on, they check their guns. The cameras start rolling they fix their protective gear.You anxiously wait for your queue,to start your performance, to start the battle.

Just like any battle no one other than the soldiers know about the struggles they face in preparation for the battle. Being a performer we face the same struggles.Blood, sweat and tears are a part of our daily routines, in order to get things perfect. Dedication and determination are the only things that keeps you going. An audience only sees the final product of the performance. What they don't see is the hard work, sleepless nights, strained voices, aching bodies and in extreme cases torn muscles and broken bones. Just like spectators don't see the perpetration that takes place to fight a battle. Instead they only see the results of a great performance or a successful battle. Thus I plead that after watching a show and it does not live up to your expectations do not bring them down as every set back is just another opportunity to make a comeback.When a performance is amazing think of all the hard work that goes into that performance and applaud not only the performance but all the effort behind it. In fact an audience should salute performers after a show because we are not just actors or dancers or singers we are SOLDIERS, and here at the stage we have the best sergeants and captains thus making it easy to be a soldier.So to my fellow performers, when you feel like giving up during rehearsals just know, after every show,we can call ourselves Veterans as every show is a battle we survived.

Don't do it, if you are not doing it with love

Yours dearly - Mariscka Coetzee

 

 

Rochelle Odendaal

Vir enige performer is die Grammy Awards 'n hoogte
punt en die jaar was niks anders nie. Net 'n ware aanhanger sit 3:00am voor die
kassie om seker te maak dat jy niks mis nie (Jy weet nooit wat hulle in die
highlights uitlos nie). Opgewonde wag ek om te sien wie gaan
perform. Daar was wonderlike oomblikke van John Legend tot die Beatles, maar
daar is een oomblik wat my tot nou toe by bly. Die optrede van die Thrift Shop
kunstenaar Macklemore. Hy het sy liedjie Same Love gesing en behalwe dat die
liedjie belaai was met groot name soos Madonna en Queen Latifa was die boodskap
daar agter wat die emosie in my laat opswel het. Die woorde lei, “"Man, that's gay"
gets dropped on the daily. We become so numb to what we're saying. And I can't
change even if I tried, even if I wanted to” Sy opstand teen die bullying van
homoseksualiteit het sy mede kunstenaars se oe vol trane gemaak. Hoe het dit
okay geword om minder te dink van iets wat ons nie verstaan nie? Hoe het dit
aanvaarbaar geword om te oordeel en te spot met iemand wat anders is as ons? Dit
het my 'n oomblik laat dink aan die inpak wat die kunste in die regte persoon se
hande kan he. Macklemore het met daai vertoning geinspireer en verseker harte
versag. Dit wys net wat ons in 'n posisie van krag kan bemag. Daarom wil ek
almal aanmoedig om 'm oomblik te sit en dink aan wat jy vandag kan doen om 'n
sagte gees en 'n mooi gebaar aan iemand te betoon. Ons performers moet ook die
verantwoordelikheid besef wat ons het teenoor die mense wat ons bereik. Ons kan
'n verandering maak. Dis nie altyd maklik nie, maar dis wel
moontlik.

 

Here are a few thoughts of one of
The Stage performers – Justin Durant

 

“2014, can you handle this... we
don’t think you can handle this.” It’s a brand new page in The Stage’s history
book. Going for their 4th year, The Stage has already got a jam packed year
just waiting to knock your socks off (you know what they say, “4th time’s the
charm.”) For my first blog I decided to give the readers a little background
check into The Stage and the life of a Stager, and to do that, we have to go
way back to the beginning. It all started with 5 girls that had the same dream
and their names were Yoland? Rab?,
Marika Reinke (now van Heerden), Adele Rix, Sophia Wessels and Tracy Sadie ...
and their dream was to open a Performing Arts School and Theatre and thus The
Stage was born. At first the stage was merely a little building where they
provided classes for drama, singing and dancing but now they truly are on a
roll. The Stage now provides extra mural classes for students still in school
and for adults, as well as a full time course, Act 1, which consists 3 years of
classes in the Performing Arts. The Stage also has a yearly production which is
written and performed by the students and directed by the department head of
drama, Yoland? Rab?,
with the occasional help of an assistant director, usually Marika Reinke or
Sophia Wessels and so much more.  The
Stage is a home away from home, maybe even a little better, a place where
people grow along with their talents and personalities. I’ve experienced the
life of a Stager and still am ... the question is, are you?

 

And remember, “If you can’t
handle it... hash tag it!”

Sincerely yours, Justin
Durant. 

www.thestage.co.za