Evergreen mesmerises Lephalale

Members of the Evergreen group

Ratlou Mabula
LEPHALALE — On Saturday 4 March residents of Lephalale were entertained with their very first theatrical play called Lephalale the Musical.
Held at Mogol Club, the play exhibited a very rich but hardly considered history of Lephalale, which was known as Ellisras up until early 2000.
Prior to the main play on Saturday, Evergreen held a number of performances in different venues, including Lephalale TVET College.
On the eve of the main event at a pre-launch, Evergreen Chairperson Bafedile Masasa shared his inspirational story behind this act.
He said he had a dream to tell a story about Lephalale. And that Evergreen’s vision is to develop the art sector in Lephalale.
With societal challenges like crime, teenage pregnancy etcetera, this youth group came together to empower each other to positively drive messages to the masses through art.
“I had a dream to write a musical about Lephalale as the area has a story to tell.
Soon after the organisation’s inception there was a strong feeling for this. We wrote the first script but it needed work to get it to its final stage for which we then received funding in 2016” he said.
Growing up in Lephalale has helped Masasa and the crew to acquire information used for the play’s attractive storyline. Masasa says they spent enough time doing research for the content.
Lephalale the Musical is an art form known as “infotainment”; it informs and teaches in the same breath.
The play portrays an elderly lady who teaches her granddaughter about the history of Lephalale dating back to the 70s.
The elderly lady’s stage name is Mme Tsebo, a very vibrant Sepedi speaking woman played by Lebogang Mpyana.
In the beginning of the play Mme Tsebo is heard saying to her coconut daughter Phuti Tsebo, played by Thato Kgobe that she has been to school and has a good command of the English language. She says to her that she understands words like perpendicular, horizontal, equivalent & parallel.
The two go down memory lane sharing their knowledge and reminiscing with Mme Tsebo telling Thato how she met her husband Jonas Tsebo, a dreadlocked romantic slender man portrayed by Ranoto Jalek Lekalakala.
In their lengthy but interesting tete a tete, the two look at a historical D’Nyala bosberaad. Mme Tsebo boasts that she and Jonas were the first couple to go on harmony and that “made the people of Shongoane very jealous.”
The story gets very emotional when it touches on the gruesome murder of 79 year old Susan Kotze, an elderly farm-woman who lived alone before she was tortured and strangled to death with wire and her body was found on 7 January 2015.
The play was directed by Thabang Ramabu who said Lephalale the Musical is a job in progress but as the audience gives standing ovations to the cast he believes Lephalale will never be the same again.
Ramabu said the Polokwane show will be different from the Lephalale one.
To the powers that be in Lephalale he said; “The show is in the hands of business people and local municipality. For it to succeed they must come on board or else Polokwane will be the end of Lephalale the Musical. I plead with the municipality to please support this 25-member cast”.
The team would like to take the show nationally after the 24/25 March 2017 show in Polokwane.

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