The Northlink College Performing Arts Department will present Barnum, the Circus Musical by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart at the Baxter Theatre at the end of October 2018. Barnum is based on the life of” The World’s Greatest Showman” PT Barnum portrayed by final year Performing Arts student, Tomely van Vuuren.
Partially blind Van Vuuren, former learner of the Pioneer School for the blind in Worcester, is very excited as he has been cast as the lead role in the stage production of Barnum – The Circus Musical coming to the Baxter during November.
Van Vuuren studies Performing Arts at Northlink College Tygerberg Campus after he won a scholarship of R72 000 in a competition run by the College in 2016.
“When I am on stage I feel comfortable, complete and content, but when I am in a public space I sometimes feel lost,” says the young actor
He adds that playing the lead role is such a great honour and as a result he is constantly trying harder and doing more to be the best at his craft while not losing sight of his dream to one-day act and direct television shows such as 7de Laan or Isindingo.
“Acting is my first love and I do not let my partial blindness determine my future. My heart is in theatre and the performing arts. I want nothing else but to excel in my gift,” Tomley concluded
The story of Barnum is very interesting as Barnum charmed his way into the hearts of the American people with his collection of freakish people on display. From the world’s tallest to the world’s smallest were put through their passes in his museum. He eventually employed the Swedish Opera singer, Jenni Lind (Zandre Messeur). This lead to the demise of his marriage to wife Chairy portrayed by Eurika Van Wyk. Finally, when his museum burnt down, Barnum joined the Circus of James A. Bailey (Jesse Pretorius) to form the famous Barnum and Bailey Circus.
The Musical promises to be high energy and you can expect to hear some of your favorite vintage songs such as” Come Follow the Band” and “The Colors of my Life”. Add the hit single and Oscar nominated “This is Me “from the movie “The World’s Greatest Showman” to the mix and you are promised a not to be missed spectacle!
Barnum will be on at the Baxter Theatre from 31 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Bookings are through Webtickets (Online and at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores). Be sure not to miss this theater spectacle done by the students and supported by a soon to be announced Guest Artist.