The Rainbow Academy Celebrates 10 Years with Dreamgirls

The Rainbow Academy Celebrates 10 Years with  Dreamgirls

Cape Town: As it celebrates its 10th year, The Rainbow Academy, Cape Town’s home to youth arts education, is excited to present Dreamgirls at the Artscape Theatre Complex from February 5th – 8th 2020.

The show is the Rainbow Academy’s annual graduation production, that provides the students of the graduating class of 2019 the opportunity to perform on a professional stage in order to give them exposure and offer them a platform for possible employment in the arts industry.

Last year’s performance of SARAFINA! was a sell-out success so we encourage our audiences to book early via Computicket for this limited run.

Dreamgirls follows the lives of three aspiring black soul singers The Dreamettes as they compete at a local talent contest at the Apollo Theatre, to become the next best thing in Showbiz. The experience changes their lives forever as they navigate through the competitive world of show business in search of a dream.

The Rainbow Academy is a nonprofit School of Performing Arts and Business with the aim of nurturing talent, educating young people, and addressing youth unemployment in the performing arts and creative industries.

Imke Du Toit, Deputy Principal of The Rainbow Academy, and Director of Dreamgirls explains further, “The Rainbow Academy in its 10th year continues to develop the immense creative talent of young South Africans, mostly from disadvantaged communities from across the Cape. Our intensive and personalised programs culminate in our annual performances with this year’s production being Dreamgirls. This visually exciting show includes an amazing cast with varied leads, enabling us to highlight the immense talent of this year’s graduating class.”

Much of the lead cast for Dreamgirls will be alternated on the performance nights with the following performers:

EFFIE MELODY WHITE: Shilo Thumba (all shows)

DEENA JONES: Lusanda Soboyise (6th & 8th) & Lindokuhle Melaphi (5th & 7th)

LORRELL ROBINSON: Zandile Dumile (6th & 8th) & Dehne Basson (5th & 7th)

CURTIS TAYLOR JUNIOR: Sibusiso Sakayi (all shows)

JIMMY “THUNDER” EARLY”: Elvis Mahomba (All shows)

MARTY: Aviwe Nose (6th & 8th) & Ndimphiwe Koloti (5th & 7th)

C.C: Buntu Ceza (6th & 8th) & Bandile Skweyiya (5Th & 7th)

MICHELLE MORRIS: Miche Geyer (5th &7th) & Khanyisa James (6th & 8th)

Produced by The Rainbow Academy

Directed by: Imke du Toit

Assistant director: Patric Bhakaqana

Musical Director: Wesley Wolhuter

Choreography by: WeDfy Entertainment

Vocal coach: Regina Malan

The Rainbow Academy strives to educate empower and employ disadvantaged youth, and through their own personal struggles for education, the students show the importance of remembering our history, celebrating today’s youth, and empowering them to strive for a better future. To that end, the proceeds from the ticket sales of all the shows will contribute towards the fees for the incoming Rainbow Academy students of 2020.

DREAMGIRLS: Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen, Music by Henry Krieger, Orchestration by Harold Wheeler and produced by Michael Bennett, Robert Avian, Geffen Records and The Shubert Organisation. DREAMGIRLS is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK.

Directed by: Imke du Toit

Conductor/Musical direction by: Wesley Wolhuter

Choreography by: WeDfy Entertainment


Venue: The Artscape Arena Theatre

Dates: February 5th – 8th 2020

Time 20h00

Ticket prices: R100 standard ticket and R80 for pensioners and scholars

Discounted prices: R80 for all tickets on 5th Feb preview night

Block bookings of 10: R80

Book tickets via Computicket or through Artscape box office.