Sekhukhune The Musical Theatre Play which was expected to premiere on Friday 03 April 2020 has been postponed due to the National Disaster Pronouncement by President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa in response to the threat of localised spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19).
According to the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Sekhukhune Development Agency Mr Eric Masindi, the agency which facilitated the auditioning, inclusion and participation of Sekhukhune The Musical Cast members, has been informed by Ms Reshoketšwe Maredi of Agang Productions that South African State Theatre will not show the play as played in response to the declared national emergency which prohibits the gathering of more than 100 pax in venues.
“Our plans for the premiere night were ambitious, we were aiming at 1500 pax per night from the opening night of 03 April 2020 to the closing night on 05 April 2020. We wanted to run an unbroken full house support. We already started with invitation of all 75 traditional leaders of Sekhukhune, members of the councils of Sekhukhune District and the four local municipalities. Actually we casted the net so wide that our publicity and communication plan included encouraging sons and daughters of Sekhukhune based in Gauteng Province to make it their era-defining task to attend all the shows in impressive number. I wish to assure you that all of that is not lost, once the Corona Virus I defeated and it becomes safer to conquer the State Theatre we will behind you all the way – just stay focused” explained Masindi
Addressing the Sekhukhune The Musical Cast members from the District Mr Masindi expressed sincere appreciation to the Department of Arts and Culture for investing in the venerating and immortalising of the iconic Warrior King Sekhukhune I through the funding of the theatre play. Masindi assured the nine cast members who represent all the local municipalities of Sekhukhune that SDA remains committed to the project and that the current inconvenience should not deem their passion.
“We especially thank Sesi Cathrine Mokwena for all the counsel and leadership displayed during the initial interactions between us and Agang Productions” added Masindi.
In response to the welcome ceremony staged by Sekhukhune Development Agency at Bareki Mall, Groblersdal on of the cast members Ms Linah Skhosana from Tafelkop said they fully understand that they were on the verge of making a major career breakthrough as Actors and Actresses. She emphasised that they will use the imposed break to individually, in their respective homes, sharpen the acting skills they learnt and master their acting.
‘Collectively as the cast members from Sekhukhune District, we gained experience about theatre. Most of us have been exposed to this level of theatre for the first time. Among achievements that we can attribute to this is fitness due to the choreographic exercises. This was our first important step into entertainment industry. We have also earned other social skills such as being able to form and sustain team spirit and opportunities to engage openly with others. But most importantly this has been a catalytic breakthrough for our growth as individuals” Skhosana.