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Performing arts academy looking for talented youngsters

Are you interested in a career in the performing arts?

If your answer is “yes”, and you are in Grade 11 or 12 and live on the West Coast, the West Coast Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA) has a great opportunity for you.

WAPA is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO).

The idea of a performing arts academy originated with professional performing artists, with the aim of bringing performance to the West Coast and surrounding rural areas of Cape Town.

The idea is to equip local high school learners (and anyone interested) from low-income households with comprehensive knowledge and skills in performance, particularly in their chosen discipline, whether it’s acting or voice. Participants receive a certificate on completing their training, so working professionally in the performing arts is possible as the certificate will be recognised.

WAPA’s curriculum includes acting, dance, music, literacy, theatre history, puppetry, performance creations, movement, voice, theatre business management, life skills, theatre in education, technical, make-up and costume design.

The academy stages its own productions involving its students, in this way instilling in them performance values, audience engagement and various other aspects associated with performance.

Students’ skills will enable them to access the performing arts sector and make a living in it. The sector is also billed as an alternative source of job creation on the West Coast.

There’s also the WAPA youth programme, an independent after-school programme that assists learners in applying for universities, in preparing for auditions and interviews, and also to participate in festivals.

It also hosts workshops and provides training to various interest groups in performing arts.

WAPA has participated in a number of festivals, such as the Zabalaza Festival and Cape Town Fringe Festival.

An original bilingual production from the academy, Dirty laundry/Vuil wasgoed, was performed at both festivals and won an award.

Currently, WAPA works with Lesch Antics Productions. One of the company’s TV drama series ideas is currently under evaluation by Okuhle Media Productions (Producers of SABC’s Hectic Nine-9) and also Penguin Films/Paw Paw Films (Producers of Fishy Fashions and Sara se geheim). They also are in the rehearsing phase of a few productions: Alles nie altyd soos dit lyk nie; Bloedrooi; 28 woorde van ’n lappop; and Beats Boulevard.

For more information, contact Baheeya Du Plessis-Begg on 083 425 4299 or Leonita Fielies on 072 031 2311.

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