I love things that promote the youth and help to foster talent in South Africa – so I am really excited about Born to Perform coming to the Lyric Theatre in December.

After the sell-out success of the inaugural concert in July last year which also made great waves in the entertainment industry, Born To Perform is back again to stage their annual Gala Concert in December with plans to be bigger than before!
Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 takes place at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City for TWO performances this year, Saturday 10 December at 2pm and 7:30pm.

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In keeping with the theme of “Today’s stars performing with the stars of tomorrow”, audiences will delight in seeing The Graeme Watkins Project, chart-toppers Alexandra May and Ashlinn Gray share the stage with the young talent that blew audiences away last year, that being Marianthe Panas, Josh Middleton, The Buzz and Joshua Moreira.

Joining them on stage this year will also be popular Idols finalist Loyiso Gijana singing “Gravity” with 14-year old Keely Crocker from Durban.

This year’s concerts will include the addition of video performances from industry greats Louise Carver and Ard Matthews performing the big Just Jinjer hit, “Shallow Waters” with 13-year old Joshua Moreira.

Isabella Jane and her side-kick Rosie, a big highlight of last year’s Gala Concert, will be the MC for the two performances.

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The Born To Perform platform held nationwide auditions and has secured some of the most talented children and teens from around South Africa from all fields of music, dance and musical theatre to join these illustrious performers on stage .

In this years show Born To Perform will be showcasing excerpts from new Broadway Musicals that are yet to arrive in South Africa such as Hamilton, The Waitress and Once, all with the young performers taking the leads.

Other highlights will include a Beatles tribute, a nostalgic musical medley from the classical musicals ranging from 1940’s to current day, Nella Fantasia for those liking a classical aria, Name in Lights from The Boy from Oz, Tell Him and others…..

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Born To Perform is a platform created by Gemma Donnelly Marinus and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for young budding talented children and teens.

The Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 is once again inspired by the annual Royal Variety Show in England. These budding local performers will be teaming up with some of SA’s favourite artists to show the world what South Africa has to offer.

Says Gemma Donnelly Marinus; “Last year’s show was a huge success and gave rise to many opportunities for our 2015 standouts in a variety of professional mediums this year; from theatre shows to TV appearances, recordings and the inclusion in music videos to name a few. We are welcoming some of these standouts back to the 2016 Gala to now share the stage with the next stream of young talented artist to continue this plan of finding talent, developing it, then developing opportunities for them to shine on professional stages.”

The evening promises to be a dazzling display of song and dance provided by our leading stars alongside a wide array of budding talent.

Here’s just a small taste of what to expect from the new “stars of tomorrow”:


Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 is on stage for TWO SHOWS ONLY at The Lyric at Gold Reef City on Saturday 10 December at 2pm and 7:30pm.

Tickets range from R180 – R220 and can be booked online at www.goldreefcity.co.za or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on
011 248 5000 or through Computicket.

Discounts for groups of 10 or more, senior citizens, scholars and students apply. Contact The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000 for more information.

Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders can enjoy instant savings on ticket prices:
10% (Gold); 15% (Platinum); 20% (Black).

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