National acting competition
The National Acting Competition for high school learners has been presented by Bellville High School since 2002.
The competition used to be called City of Cape Town Acting competition.
KykNET has been the official main sponsor since 2013. Learners (Gr. 8 – 12) take part individually and not as part of a school production. After elimination rounds all over the country, 60 candidates are chosen to take part in the final rounds at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town in May.
The goal of the competition is to give each learner the opportunity to measure their talents against others from all over the country. We also want these individuals to live their creativity on stage.
Except for the cash prizes, a candidate is also chosen for a cameo in the KykNET soap ‘Binneland’. The SAOU also provides a bursary to a Gr.12 candidate who wants to study drama for a career in teaching.
2009: Rebecca Cameron- Top 16
2013: Kieran Schultz – Best Junior, placed 3rd overall.
2015: Liam Walsh – WINNER! (Liam won cash prizes, a trophy and two roles in RSG radio-dramas!)
Activities throughout the year:
Entries close in February after which the rehearsal process starts. Elimination rounds are usually in April. Round 1- 3 and the finals take place at the Artscape Theatre in May every year.
This competition is an excellent opportunity to expose learners with talent and a passion for acting to the industry, especially if they are interested in pursuing it as a career. There are many opportunities throughout the competition to audition for different roles in plays, radio and television.
How to sign up:
Learners are entered by means of a selection process by the head of the drama department, Miss. A Van Zyl. No auditions will be held for this.
Ms A. Van Zyl