National School of the Arts Celebrates 30 Years of Democracy with "Sho't Left Broadway" at Soweto Theatre

Author: JT Comms
Date: 22 Apr 2024

Soweto, South Africa, April 19, 2024 – In a landmark year commemorating 30 years of democracy in South Africa, the National School of the Arts (NSA) proudly presents "Sho't Left Broadway" at the Gibson Kente Theatre, Soweto Theatre, from May 16 to May 19, 2024.

"Sho't Left Broadway" is a captivating South African production that delves into the aspirations of a young girl named Naledi, meaning "star," who dreams of a Broadway career. Written by Tshepo Ratona and directed and choreographed by Lesego van Niekerk, this musical journey weaves together themes of dreams, legacy, and the quest for success against a backdrop of beloved South African musical repertoire.

The narrative follows Naledi's pursuit of her dream role as Sarafina, juxtaposed against familial challenges and encounters with departed artists in an otherworldly waiting room. "Sho't Left Broadway" features over forty talented NSA learners who sing, dance, act, and play in the band, showcasing the school's commitment to nurturing young performing artists.

Brenda Sakellarides, Artistic Director of the National School of the Arts, underscores the significance of this debut at Soweto Theatre: "The NSA seeks broader exposure to share our unique creativity with a wider audience. Performing in the Gibson Kente Theatre is a crucial step towards showcasing our talents at a national level."

“To commemorate 30 years of democracy, Soweto Theatre presents "Sho't Left Broadway" in collaboration with the NSA. This initiative by Soweto Theatre in collaboration with schools aims to ensure that the youth are involved and contribute to the economy of life. Youth need support, exposure and access to facilities such as Soweto Theatre that enable them to make life choices in terms of social participation, positive identity, life skills and creativity offered through exposure to the performing arts, contributing to greater progress in the social and economic inclusion of youth, especially from a young age. Says, Vincent Motau - General Manager at Soweto Theatre, and asking why not partner with these schools to create joint promotional opportunities?

Making up the creative team is Siya Dlungwana as musical director and Wilhelm Disbergen as lighting designer. “Sho’t Left Broadway” was recently nominated for two Naledi Theatre awards for best production and best actress in the student theatre category.

Audiences of all ages are invited to experience this vibrant production that celebrates South African musical heritage while exploring universal themes of hope, redemption, and the pursuit of dreams. "Sho't Left Broadway" promises to leave hearts warmed and spirits uplifted.

Tickets for "Sho't Left Broadway" at the Gibson Kente Theatre, Soweto Theatre, can be purchased online or at the box office. Don't miss this unforgettable showcase of young talent from the National School of the Arts.

For media inquiries and interview requests, access to High resolution pictures and access to artists please contact: media@jtcomms.co.za , (011) 788 7632 or 083 954 6133

Ticket Prices – Students R100 – Adults R150 and can be purchased from www.webtickets.co.za – Also call -  010 446 1462 or visit www.sowetotheatre.com

About National School of the Arts (NSA)

The National School of the Arts is a leading School of Specialisation in Performing and Creative Arts, nurturing future stars of South African stages and screens. Located in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, NSA is dedicated to fostering creativity, authenticity, and excellence in the performing arts.

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