#CallingAStar – Young singers with a love for the stage sought for a grand scale musical

Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground encourages learners who aspire to be singers to audition for Calling Me Home. photo: File.

Two high school pupils from Gauteng will have the opportunity to perform in a grand scale original musical that will premiere in August at the Joburg Theatre.

Calling me Home tells the beautiful story of a young woman, Grace, who travels across the ocean to find a new life and in the process, she makes new friends and falls in love.

According to Jako Krige, the head of marketing for Calling me Home, the audition process has been thrown wide open to include a talent search competition.

“High school pupils between the ages of 14 and 19 years old can enter, regardless of previous experience. We are looking for any talented singers with a love for the stage. All they have to do is send us a video clip of themselves singing a song from a musical or cabaret. They don’t even have to dress up. They just need to sing,” he said.




He said that once entries close, 20 finalists will be chosen who will then be part of a workshop presented by the Africa Voices Trust at the Joburg Theatre.

Krige pointed out that the chosen 20 children will get to work with some of the country’s most experienced performers, teaching them some basics about performing and about making it in the industry.

“All the finalists then get a chance to perform live at an event at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre on the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus of the University of Johannesburg, where judges will make a final decision as to which two children will join the cast for this first three-week run,” he further explained.

According to Krige, schools who encourage their learners to enter will also gain access to special deals and prices, as well as ticket giveaways for Calling me Home, and a chance to see and experience the magic of theatre backstage.

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