LEPHALALE — “The actors of the Evergreen Arts Centre in Lephalale are more popular elsewhere than in their hometown,” says David Ramasobana and Bethuel Mpebe, Evergreen artists.
They performed their play, “Lephalale the Musical” in Soweto’s Blue Theatre on 15 June and their performance was so well received by the audience and theatre crew, that they were requested to go back for a second performance on 27 July 2019 – this time in the Red Theatre in Soweto.
Evergreen Arts Centre is a youth theatre group that produces their own plays and other creative crafts. Through singing, dancing and acting, they can retell the rich history and pure culture of Lephalale.
Bafedile Masasa is the founder and Chairperson of Evergreen Arts Centre. The organisation was formed in June 2013 and formally registered as a non-profit organisation in November 2014.
The “Lephalale the Musical” project is a theatre production that was produced in Lephalale. The musical tells the story of Lephalale through music, dance and acting. The script was written and directed
by Bafedile Masasa from Marapong. The production is not only about entertainment and art but also a platform to create jobs for unemployed youth in the area.
The script was written in 2014, but it keeps on developing to ensure quality and reach national and international standards. The show’s content depicts the culture, economy, history, lifestyle, hardships and the heritage of Lephalale. Lephalale the musical also promotes social cohesion, nation building and audience development.
There are currently 30 employed youth members from Lephalale, which include actors, dancers, singers and a six-piece live band.
The production team consists of the writer, director, stage manager, sound operator and lighting technician.
For this group of talented actors to go forward and to spread their wings, they need sponsorships and contributions.
Anyone who sees the value of this group and wants to support them can do so through a donation in Standard Bank, Account number: 10108470731, Account holder: Evergreen Arts Centre.