Westville Boys’ High School has established a fine reputation as a leader in the Performing Arts. The School aims at excellence in holistic education, and the Performing Arts is a major feature in the strategic mission of the School. In fact, this activity constitutes a definite point of difference in comparison to other boys’ schools.
A major production is staged three times per year. The productions are of the highest acting and technical quality and are not restricted to any specific genres. These have included Broadway musicals such as High School Musical 1 & 2, Oklahoma! and Guys & Dolls; serious dramatic plays such as The Crucible, Macbeth, Master Harold and the Boys, White Men with Weapons and A Few Good Men; as well as Shakespearean plays Macbeth, Hamlet and The Tempest. Musical revues along specific themes also showcase the singing and dancing talents of WBHS students.Cultural evenings, dance festivals and the annual Shakespeare Schools’ Festival presentations are also staged every year, exposing as many bosy as possible to the very strong culture of Performing Arts at the school. For female roles, WBHS opens its auditions to budding actresses from a variety of local schools.
Recognition for the talent unearthed at WBHS has come from a variety of sources. Examples are: Invitation to three boys to perform The Merchant of Venice in the Shakespeare 400th centenary event on Robben Island; acclaim received at the annual Playhouse Shakespeare festivals; performances of set-works (Coriolanus and Waiting for Godot) for IEB and public schools; selection for the KZN Young Performers and Kickstart projects; representation in TV productions such as Idols and Peter Toerien’s HSM project; selection to the KZN Youth Choir, KZN Youth Orchestra and KZN Wind Band;, gold medal winners at the SA National Championships for Performing Arts; and invitations to perform in venues such as the Playhouse, Snedden Theatre, Baxter Theatre (Cape Town) and even Carnegie Hall (New York).
Well-known personalities and performers who attended WBHS include singer Kyle Deutsch, music producers Awon Wolf and Sketchybongo, international dancers Kevin Ellis and Keagan Barnes, cellist and pianist Aristide du Plessis, and Hollywood and Fox producer Simon Swart.
The School offers Dramatic Arts as a subject for all learners in Grades 8 & 9, and as a subject for Matric purposes in Grades 10, 11 & 12. Those wishing to undertake Music as a subject for Matric purposes register for courses through academies such as the Trinity College London and they are included in orchestras or ensembles for WBHS productions.
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