A story of hope. A story of love. A story of home.
Calling Us Home is a story of hope, a story of love and a story of home. The musical premiered on 17 August 2017 at the Joburg Theatre with an all-star cast of 33 and will be staged in October 2018 at Artscape in Cape Town.
A young woman, Grace, prepares to leave the country of her birth. Her safety is threatened by war and she is forced to flee, to abandon everything she loves for the uncertainties of a new urban jungle, where concrete structures block out the stars in the sky.
As she journeys across the savannah and the ocean to this new home, she meets others like her, with similar stories of survival, compassion and courage. They become her friends, her travelling companions, her family. Amongst them she finds a love ‘so strong that it tears the night sky apart’.
But light is never far from darkness and in the dark there is danger. Where will Grace find her true home? Follow her as she journeys to a country that doesn’t know her, under a sky that won’t ease her longing.
MUSIC, BOOK AND LYRICS by Alice Gillham
DIRECTED by Magdalene Minnaar
“… phenomenal set design and voices that beautifully pierce the silence is how I would describe it.”
– Jacaranda FM
“…fresh, innovative and spectacular.”
– Bruce Dennill
“…showcasing some wonderful home-grown creativity and talent… Lead Lynelle Kenned in the role of Grace sings like a songbird with “Trail of Stars” being a showstopper…”
– Whats On In Joburg
“This production, 100% local, is one of the finest gems ever produced on an SA Stage. It weaves different cultures, different musical genres, into one classical masterpiece… the music and powerful lyrics are a huge force in this production and make for an unforgettable theatrical experience.”
– Stage And Screen
Calling A Star is an online-based competition aimed at identifying talented high school singers and performers.
It culminates in a large scale gala event, where 10 finalists will perform in front of judges and an audience, in order to secure a spot on the cast of the original full-scale musical – Calling Us Home.
ENTRIES OPEN ON 1 JUNE 2018
The first Calling A Star competition took place as part of the Johannesburg production run. Pupils from across the Gauteng region were invited to enter by submitting audition videos, from which finalists were chosen to compete for two coveted spots on the cast. The competition generated huge excitement and was considered a wonderful experience by all who participated.
The finalists performed at a gala concert at the UJ Arts Centre in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. The two winners were Tannah Levick (16) and Dihan Schoeman (18).
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