Johannesburg, DATE: Curro Create, the national creative component of Curro Holdings, the JSE-listed independent education provider, will present its spectacular new production, From Broadway to Bird Street/Van Broadway na Birdstraat at the Toyota US Woordfees in Stellenbosch in March, showcasing musical numbers from top shows from around the globe.
“Ah, the musicals! Where else could you be having a political debate that suddenly turns into a rap battle? Where else do you sing a gorgeous ballad before blowing out your last breath? Where else is a gunshot replaced with a drum beat, can a singing plant from outer space steal your heart or can you encapsulate the civil rights movement (and a good dose of gender politics) in good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll?” asks director Hennie van Greunen. “The answers (in order of the questions): Hamilton, Les Misérables, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors and Hairspray.”
These are just some of the shows that From Broadway to Bird Street/Van Broadway na Birdstraat will pay homage to.
“What makes this different for any other Broadway-inspired show you’ve ever seen, is that the songs are all placed in context – where does it fit into the story – and the performers will be in full costume and make-up, with astounding choreography, and brilliant sound and lights, in order to truly give you a slice of what you may see in one of the sumptuous Broadway theatres,” says Greunen. “The 23 Curro performers have been chosen from 360 auditions at Curro schools nationwide. Their talent will astound you. In order to mentor these young theatre stars, we have asked five of our favourite singers to join the cast.”
These include Timothy Moloi, Corlea Botha, Lynelle Kenned, Germandt Geldenhuys and André Terblanché.
Curro Create was launched in 2018 in partnership with Wordsmith’s Theatre Factory and aims to give all Curro learners the opportunity to showcase their creativity across a broad scope of disciplines. Compiled and directed by experienced theatre-makers Van Greunen and Pedro Kruger, with Melissa van der Spuy as musical director, the show promises to be a treat for those who enjoy the magic of theatre musicals.
There will be three performances of From Broadway to Bird Street/Van Broadway na Birdstraat on Saturday, 7 March at 16:00 and 20:00, and on Sunday, 8 March at 11:00. Tickets are available from Computicket.
From Broadway to Bird Street/Van Broadway na Birdstraat credits:
- Compiled and directed by Hennie van Greunen/Pedro Kruger
- Musical Direction: Melissa van der Spuy
- Choreography: Trudy Fredericks and Lee Piedt
- Costumes: Rouvé Hattingh
- Technical Manager and Lighting design: Kobus Rossouw
- Sound: Marcel Bezuidenhout
- Stage manager: Namhla Kalipa
Cycling for wheelchairs
Johannesburg, 6 March 2020: The Kind Kilometres initiative was started by cycling enthusiast Johnny Eyberg to help fund wheelchairs for those in need and to raise awareness around people living with disabilities. They are doing so in a unique way, with Eyberg and his team cycling a 1 800 km route from Harrismith in the Free State to take part in the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour. During the official tour, the team will pull a specially designed buggy along the way which will carry Deon Bezuidenhout, who, in this special way, will partake in the full 109 km needed to complete the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020.
Bezuidenhout lost the ability to walk when a car accident left him paralysed 30 years ago, though never losing his love of exercise. Before the accident, it was Bezuidenhout’s dream to cycle this scenic Cape Peninsula race.
Curro Holdings, South Africa’s largest independent JSE-listed education provider, is assisting the Kind Kilometres initiative to help realise Bezuidenhout’s dream as well as the project’s larger goal of raising awareness.
To do so, Curro Sport’s Cycle2Ride initiative is sponsoring R50 000 towards Kind Kilometres. Furthermore, Cycle2Ride will also be providing the support vehicle for the duration of the trip as well as covering the petrol costs. On route to their destination, the Kind Kilometres crew will be stopping by Curro Langebaan and Curro Durbanville on Friday, 6 March, to help inspire the learners and raise awareness. These schools will also be donating funds towards the Kind Kilometres project.
Jaco Kotze, Facilities Manager at Curro Holdings and custodian of the group’s Cycle2Ride initiative, notes how Kind Kilometres inspires others to help where they can. “When we heard about the project, we knew that this is something that Curro’s Cycle2Ride initiative must get involved with. We are proud to play a part in fulfilling Deon’s dream of taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and of course’s Johnny’s extraordinary efforts to get him to the finish line and to raise awareness,” says Kotze. Indeed, Kotze will be donning cycling shorts himself and will be pulling Bezuidenhout’s buggy for a part of the journey to Cape Town.
Cycle2Ride is an initiative joined by Curro that aims to promote cycling as a medium for family cohesion, relaxation and fun, but also as a possible career choice for those truly interested in becoming professional athletes.
The funds raised by the Kind Kilometres initiative will be used to buy a much-needed motorised wheelchair for Bezuidenhout, with the rest of the funds going towards wheelchairs required in the larger Easter Free State community.
The Kind Kilometres team left Harrismith on 20 February, with their goal to reach Cape Town on the 7th of March. If their journey goes according to plan, the 9th of March will see Eyberg and Bezuidenhout crossing the finishing line of the Cape Town Cycle Tour together.
Curro Foreshore, an independent high-school within Curro’s DigiEd model that delivers education in a technology-rich format, held an intensive Python Coding Bootcamp at their campus between 19 – 21 February 2020. In partnership with Amazon Web Services, the Bootcamp was facilitated by local NGO, International Certification in Digital Literacy (ICDL) - the world's leading computer skills certification, with the aim of equipping learners with the skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). Amazon Web Services sponsored the event, food and merchandise for all the learners.
Throughout the three-day Bootcamp, grade 9 learners gained incredible exposure to the popular coding language. Python is essentially the fastest general-purpose coding language at the moment and can be used in backend web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and scientific computing, among others - all critical skills needed for today’s work environment.
Following the conclusion of the coding camp, learners will be required to take an ICDL test a week later during one of their Information Technology lessons. If they pass the test, which requires a pass mark of 75%, learners will receive an internationally-recognised qualification – a valuable addition to their CV.
Curro Foreshore provides a progressive curriculum focused on Mathematics, Science, Robotics and Coding - essential subjects for learners to operate in the fourth industrial revolution era. As the world continues to evolve with the changing face of technology, it is therefore essential that education helps prepare learners for the 2030 workplace.
Curro New Road in Midrand and Curro Jewel City in Maboneng, both independent high schools within Curro’s DigiEd model, hosted Pepper the Humanoid Robot at their campuses on 20 and 21 February 2020.
Pepper was the first humanoid robot working in South Africa, that can impressively read human emotion when programmed. The objective of its visit was not only to show off its unique Artificial Intelligence (AI) abilities, but to introduce learners to the reality that the 4IR is here, and to reinforce the need for skills such as coding, robotics, AI, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
The Humanoid’s visit was ultimately a surprise for the learners, which elicited much excitement on the day – especially during the session where they asked Pepper questions and received articulate responses in return.
A well-travelled robot, Pepper has embarked on regular school visits around the country, and has travelled as far as Kenya, Botswana, Mauritius and Dubai. At five-years old, it boasts being the first robot to have seen the top of Table Mountain.
In light of Curro’s DigiEd schools delivering education in a technology-rich format in an effort to prepare learners for careers in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), Pepper surely felt ‘right at home’ during his visit. Curro New Road and Curro Jewel City both provide a progressive curriculum focused on Mathematics, Science, Robotics and Coding - essential subjects for learners to operate in the 4IR era. As the world continues to evolve with the changing face of technology, it is therefore essential that education helps prepare learners for the 2030 workplace.