Book your tickets for ‘Born To Perform’ at the Lyric Theatre Gold Reef City!


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This will be a one-night-only show staged on Wednesday 1 July at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City at 7:30pm.

Frontline vocalists will be Daniel Baron, Graeme Watkins, Cito and Nathan Ro, alongside a number of fabulously talented professional young performers and promises to be a great showcase of our budding talent.

Here is a sneak preview as to what to expect from the concert:

Local stars Daniel Baron, Graeme Watkins, Nathan Ro and Cito join budding stars of tomorrow on stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY in the Born to Perform Gala Concert taking place at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on Wednesday 1st July at 7:30pm.

Born To Perform is a platform created by Gemma Marinus Donnelly and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for young budding talented children and teens.

Originally coming from the UK, Gemma has been a major player in the musical theatre industry in SA for over 8 years before opening up an elite performing arts school (Stageworx School Of Performing Arts) in 2009. www.stageworx.co.za
Passionate about growing a bright future for our budding artists Gemma and Matthew are heavily involved in training and showcasing the future stars of SA.

Matthew is best known as the talented drummer for The Graeme Watkins Project, but most recently is fast making a name for himself as “Dream Canvas Productions” – video production company he has recently formed – where he produces music videos and EPK’s for SA artists.

The combination of Matthew and Gemma has led to the Born To Perform platform.

The inaugural event introducing the platform to the industry and public alike is the Born To Perform Gala Concert taking place at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on Wednesday, 1st July.

Gemma and Matt have searched all over Johannesburg for the most talented singer, dancers and actors in musical theatre and pop music to put together a variety style show inspired by the annual Royal Variety Show in England. These budding performers will be teaming up with some of SA’s favourite artists to show the world what South Africa has to offer.

We are lucky enough to have such strong industry support and have managed to gain assistance from some top industry players including Collett Dawson and Cito from The CoLab Network as well as seasoned pro’s such as Graeme Watkins (The Graeme Watkins Project) Nathan Ro (Lonehill Estate), Daniel Baron and Cito ( WONDERboom).
Gemma Marinus Donnelly

She continues, “Having these artists performing with our young stars will not only give the youngsters an experience of a lifetime but also hopefully encourage other producers to create opportunities in the industry for them. “

The evening will be a dazzling display of song and dance provided by our leading stars alongside a wide array of budding talent.

Here are just a few of the expected highlights:

· Graeme Watkins and Nathan Ro will be opening the show with a full swing section with over 60 children hand selected from the Johanessburg region in an explosion of timeless dance and song classics.

· Cito will be performing one of his signature performances “Hallelujah” with the beautiful talented 10-year old Tylo Venter.

· Daniel Baron will be performing a medley of recent popular radio songs with some upcoming music stars including Joshua Middleton, Lisa Kriel and Joshua Moreira.

· For the musical theatre lovers we have excerpts from Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Matilda, Smash and Jekyll and Hyde accompanied by Rowan Bakker (musical director of Jersey Boys SA Tour, Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You.)

· And many more great moments….

The second leg to Born To Perform is the Born To Perform TV Show.
Gemma and Matthew are currently in the process of filming segments for this such as the “Sing with a Star” segment where talented children will duo with local stars – such as Tylo Venter in this clip working with Belinda Davids from the recent The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Show.

The final aspect is the new Teen group “The Buzz” where it’s hoped to create a market for young singers in the SA music scene. You can see the debut of “The Buzz” at the showcase in July.

Stageworx Performing Arts is always looking for new talent for their projects so if you are a young talented teen please send a clip to info@borntoperform.co.za. For any training establishments, send through some material of your students in action and maybe they can be incorporated in the 2016 show!

Born To Perform Gala Concert is on for one night only at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on Wednesday 1st July at 7:30pm.

Tickets range from R180 – R220 and can be booked through Computicket or online at www.goldreefcity.co.za or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000.

Discounts for groups of 10 or more, senior citizens, scholars and students apply. Contact The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000 for more information.

Born To Perform Gala Concert Production Credits
Produced by: Stageworx Performing Arts and Dream Canvas Productions in association with The CoLab Network
Director: Gemma Marinus Donnelly
Musical Direction: Matthew Marinus, Gemma Marinus Donnelly & Rowan Bakker
Choreography: Gemma Marinus Donnelly, Mullin Krienke & Tandi Meikle
Creative Consultant: Cito

1 – Mariantha Panas – Vocalist from Durban who is flying in to do the show!
Hi, my name is Marianthe Panas, lam L3 years old and I live in Durban. I am in Grade 8 and go to Crawford College La Lucia. I started singing at the age of 2 years old when my gran would teach me Greek nursery rhymes. At 8 years old I entered my first competition, The Queensburgh Festival, where t came L’t in my division and since then, things have been getting better and better! I started uploading videos of myself singing on YouTube & have so far made 4 cover CD’s. I have also started to learn how to play the piano & I am currently doing LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) acting and musical theatre exams where I have been very Iucky and have achieved distinctions in all. I will now be going onto Grade 7 for the Trinity College of London Music Exams where I have also achieved distinctions. I was really shy back then, but I started auditioning and performing in numerous productions which gave me more confidence. Recently, I played the role of “Pepper” in the KickStart production of ANNIE and am now going to be playing the role of “Teenage Fiona” in the KickStart production of SHREK THE MUSICAL.

I have also been invited to sing at a number of other events such as Night of 100 Stars, Dancers Love Dogs production, The Durban Theatre Awards and The Durban Chamber of Commerce corporate event. What has really been exciting for me, was when I participated in the South African Championships of Performing Arts in 2Ot4 which was held in Rustenburg. I received the GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE VOCALIST award for all ages and this led me to become the OVERALL JUNIOR GRAND CHAMPION. lwon with 12 Gold, L Silverand l Bronze medal. The prize was a free ticket to Los Angeles, America where I represented South Africa in the World Championships of Performing Arts. I was lucky enough to come back with 2 Gold, 5 Silver and l- Bronze medal in the solo singing category ages 13-15. Together with my friend and duet partner, Bernelee Frick, we won 1Gold, l silver and 1 Bronze medal ages 13-15. I received an INDUSTRY medal which is basically when the judges award contestants with a medal to show that they have what it takes to make it in this industry. I was also awarded the OVERALL DIVISION PLAQUE for the Open category – solo category. I am now very excited to also be taking part in the Born To Perform talent showcase held at the Lyric Theatre in JHB on the L’t July – CAN’T WAIT!

Audition Clip: https://youtu.be/ZiCWQOA-pLk

Vocalists with backtracks
2 – Lily Wan – Malaysian – not good at interviews but amazing vocalist see vid of in studio work with myself and rowan, she will need to interview with someone… Lily Maya Wan is 14 years old born on 2 November 2000. She is at Heronbridge College in Grade 9. At the age of nine she went to LA to represent SA in the World Champions of Performing Arts. Her passion is Musical theatre and love for animals. She attends the Stageworx School of performing arts and took a role in the latest production of Tick Tock Boom. From here she was picked up by the Born To Perform Platform and had a whole episode created around her talent for Born To Perform TV. In this she worked in a studio with Rowan Bakker (musical Theatre MD) and Gemma Marinus (Musical Theater Performer) on the song Let Me Be Your Star From Smash. She often visits her dad and brothers in Malaysia and enjoys snorkelling in the South China sea. She loves chillies and candy floss.
BORN TO PERFORM TV INSERT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V2ZDRLqoUc

3 – Tylo Venter – Great interviewer – performing Halliuya with Cito in the show – audition vid attached.
Tylo is a bubbly young teen who ooze’s with confidence. In her ideal world she would trade school for the limelight. Her first love and passion is singing. Tylo has completed her Trinity Guildhall Grade 4 Performance Arts with distinction. She is currently preparing and working towards her grade 5 Musical Theatre exams.

Tylo has taken to stage and performed in the Wizard of Fu, Sing it and Tick Tock Boom which were all performed at Pro Musica and diected by Gemma Donnelly. She has also filmed a few movies such as The Eater Bunnny Who and Threadbare both films were filmed by Stage Worx Performing School.

Tylo has also done a voice over for Nike and filmed a Mc Donalds commercial. She is also part of a girl band called E.T.A. Tylo was also a vocalist for the Karate Worls Cup Opening at the Sun City Superbowl

She has received numerous awards for her work such as Best Junior Entertainer, Most Promising Junior Singer and Best Comedic Role in a Film. Tylo also won the Charisma Award for the Holiday Inn Express Singer/ Songwriter Competition.

Born To Perform TV Insert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sd0kCWqKT8
Audition Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq-PLNtr7xE

4 – Joshua Middleton – Great interviewer and vocalist for performances with tracks. Performing with dan Baron in the show. Joshua started singing in 2007, at age 5. He had excellent grounding with his then vocal coach Margret Els. He participated in “Jabulani” a national arts festival, at the State Theatre when he was only 7 and went on to win the overall Junior Vocal Award the following year.

He has participated in the national eisteddfod each year, winning awards and trophies and in 2013 received the young performers award in Contemporary Style junior (gr.4 – 7).

In 2013 he competed in the South African Championship of performing arts, and went on to win the overall Jnr Grand Champion receiving a fully paid trip to the USA, there he competed in the world championships, where he received several Gold Medals in different categories. Through that experience, he is priveledged to have a songwriter and producer in the USA who would like to work with him in the future.

Joshua had the opportunity to work with Johan Voster, Johan Vorster songs ex eden in 2014. Where he auditioned and was given the role of Boetie in Boetie and the giant.

In addition to Joshua’s singing he also has drama lessons with Jeanne Harito and is actively involved in the drama lessons and productions at his school, Crawford Preparatory – Lonehill. He also takes music and is currently taking piano lessons.

Audition Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cBzy4ade94

Acoustic / specialty performances
5 – Siphokazi – Member of the buzz (new teen group who are performing) has an acoustic performance with Philip Hanley from Zimbabwe (also a buzz member) great to interview together. They will chat about Born To Perform and the Buzz.

From the age of 7 she never looked back on the career she chose as a performer. Siphokazi Msimang also known as “Siphs” is a 19 year old growing star! From performing for her family, to major productions in school and writing her own songs, to being chosen to be in the new teen pop sensation “The Buzz”. She now lives in Johannesburg lone hill finishing her AS level in Cambridge ready to take on the world. She played the role of little Inez in the well known musical “Hairspray” at Heronbridge college, also playing Dorothy in “The Wizard Of Oz” at 12 years old at Bryanston Primary school play. In April 2013 she accepted into New York Film Academy on scholarship to study musical theatre. 

She’s achieved Diploma’s in the Eistedford singing competition as well as gold in her monologue. She received a distinction in her grade 6 performance arts exam from trinity Guildhall. She also received a distinction in her modern dancing exam. Siphs says “Sometimes I wonder where I would be if I hadn’t made the choices I made that got me here”. She enjoys laughing, dancing, spending time with her family and helping people through hard times. “Everybody needs somebody” she says. Sipho hones her performing skills at the Stageworx School Of Performing Arts. “I would tell you who my favorite artist is, but then that would take me years to figure out”. She is a Christian and believes that God has a plan for everyone and he’s just getting started with her!

6 – Josh Moreira – Young songwriter great interviewer and acoustic performance with guitar – performing with Daniel Baron in the show. Joshua is a talented confident singer/ songwriter. He got his first guitar at the age of 4 and started lessons at the age of 6. He wrote his first song “Lovesick” at the age of 8. He now has a collection of songs that grows every day. He also started piano lessons in 2013 and has taken to it as easily as his guitar. He does his music lessons at Swallow 15 Music School. To follow his dream of being more famous than Ed Sheeran and The Script rolled into one, he started Stageworx, run by Gemma Donnelly, in 2013. Gemma is coaching him on voice training and acting and Mathew Marinus, from the Graeme Watkins Project and Sergent Fu, is tutoring him with his love of songwriting and music. He played the part of Control in the production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express” at the Joburg theatre. He has made an appearance on SABC 3 Play Network and had the wonderful opportunity of playing a young Martin Pistorius on the Australian 60 Minutes reenactment of his life. He also took part in the SA Championship of Performing Arts 2015. He won 3 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Joshua is a true performer and music runs in his blood.

Born To Perform TV Segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=220ZXuhVqGE

7 – Issabela Snyman – Ventrilaquist – interviews with puppet
Isabella has for one so young achieved and experienced so many great opportunities. She goes to a learning centre for her schooling that frees up her time to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
From her very 1st entry at the National Eisteddfod at the age of 5 – she won her age category singing – Look for the “Bare Necessities”, and in the same year 2006 – she won her place on the South African team at the South African Championships of the Performing Arts. She won overall Vocalist at the National Eisteddfod in 2011.
In 2007 she was ‘Joey’ in Peoples Theatre (Joburg Theatre Complex) production of”The Jungle Book”. Later in 2011 she was Alice in” Alice in Wonderland” and in the same year she understudied her sister as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”. During 2012 she was Ariel – “The Little Mermaid”, Miss Pepper – “The Gingerbread Man 2”.

She has sung Opera Arias with the JHB Symphony, The Rand Symphony and JHB Philharmonic Orchestras. Last November she was invited to sing an aria from the “Tales of Hoffman” with the Rand Symphony Orchestra during the South Africa/French Season at Pro Music Theatre and the Soweto Theatre. Isabella has performed at many Corporate and Charity events and functions. For relaxation Isabella writes long ‘notes’ on her philosophy of life and other topics. She is a ventriloquist too!

Audition Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iiw93HzaMco

Follow Born to Perform at www.borntoperform.co.za, facebook.com/Borntoperformgala.

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