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School Video


A proud tradition exists of presenting a musical every 4th year. The first performance was in 1990.

1990 & 1998: Exodus and All That
1994: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2004: Saluté Broadway
2006: Footloose – The Musical
2010: African Safari (mini musical)
2011: Dudes & Divas
2013: Beatles (mini musical)
2015: Back to the 80’s
2019: Fiddler on the Roof

Past Directors, Music Directors and Band leaders:
Kobus Hanekom and Anriette Chorn.
Jackie Brear and Hester Mostert.
Sonia Manthey, Gerda von Mollendorff and Duncan Combe.

Who takes part / How to sign up:
Auditions are held and learners from grade 8 – 12 can participate.

When does it happen?
The musical is performed in the 3rd term of every 4th year. Rehearsals begin in the 2nd term.

Attendance policy:
Rehearsal times are determined by the musical directors.
All practices must be attended.

Contact details:
Head of culture


Past Programs

2019 - PV Raises 'the Roof', Again!

With 10 sold out shows, Parel Vallei learners stunned audiences by giving new life to a timeless musical: Fiddler on the Roof. More than 100 learners formed part of this production including a full orchestra of 18 members. This musical also gave an opportunity to learners who chose to work off-stage as sound and stage managers, hair and make-up artists, and prop managers in a professional theatre setting, as the musical was performed at The Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West.

Under the guidance of Mr Darryl Spijkers, head of PV’s Drama department, and his dedicated team, many learners had the opportunity to use and realise their talents.

The cast was selected early in October last year and the first practice started the same week. The whole cast soon climbed into the shoes of townsfolk living in a small Jewish village in Tsarist Russia and learned of the life of Tevye, played by the talented Griffin Poole (grade 10), a poor milkman with five daughters with the same worries and problems that so many people face today – here and abroad.

The musical (and music) was difficult and challenging, but the Blue Thread powerhouse managed to upstage all expectations by receiving high accolades from professionals, grandparents, small children, parents and members of the community, all thoroughly having enjoyed the musical!

This musical will be remembered as an unforgettable production – confirming Parel Vallei’s reputation as one of the best high schools in performing arts!

Parel Vallei would like to acknowledge all parents, members of the community, Playhouse volunteers, teachers and learners who contributed towards the success of this production!

A very special thank you to our main sponsor: KWIKSPAR SOMERSET LION’S SQUARE, and the THE KARSTEN GROUP (LOURENSFORD).



2015 - Back to the 80's



This musical, performed by ninety Parel Valleiers, was the perfect mix of professional actors, energised dancers, PV’s own band and upcoming singing sensations; one could not ask for more! The cast and directors of the musical really achieved the cultural excellence that they set out to accomplish.

Congratulations to the entire cast, Mrs Sonia Manthey (director), Mrs Gerda von Mollendorff (music director), Mrs Edene Mackenzie (dance co-ordinator) and Mr Willem Steenkamp (production co-ordinator), ALL PROUD TEACHERS OF PV who led this musical. You created endless opportunities for learners to discover hidden talents, to build their character and to form lasting friendships- while having fun! We look forward to the next musical in 2019.

Parel Vallei would also like to specially thank the sponsors: KWIKSPAR SOMERSET @ LION SQUARE, THE KARSTEN GROUP (LOURENSFORD) and the ROLA MOTOR GROUP.

Members of the cast

Mrs Sonia Manthey (director) with her family.

Mrs Gerda von Mollendorff (music director) and her husband.

Mr Willem Steenkamp (production co-ordinator) and Mrs Mardie Steenkamp (cast affairs co-ordinator) with their daughter. 

Mrs Edene Mackenzie (dance co-ordinator) with her husband. 

From left: Anthony van Minnen, Nolene Duvenage (Vice-principal), Andre Muller (Vice-principal) and Councillor Benedicta van Minnen. 







2011 - Dudes & Divas


2010 - SA Safari



In 1997 we had a very important strategic session during which the staff, management and Governing Body plotted the future of our school.

After very meaningful discussions and deliberation, we came to the conclusion that we were entering a time of huge change. We were on the threshold of introducing OBE (Outcome Based Education) and realised that the one constant going into the future would be change!

We were very proud of our academic excellence and were working hard at bringing sport and culture up to the same level as the academics. Around the table we penned our Vision for the future: "EXCELLENCE IN A CHANGING WORLD"

Since those very important discussions we are very proud to be able to say that we really do achieve excellence in our ever changing environment.

Some 10 years ago my wife and I attended a stage production of the musical ‘Evita’ which depicted the life of Evita Peron, wife of the Past President of Argentina.
During the show, Evita says, in a very defiant moment: "I’m proud to be and Argentinian."

At school at the time, I was thinking about ways in which I could spark off some pride in the school. Although many of our pupils had tremendous talent, they were often lacking in confidence and were almost scared to show pride in themselves or their school. I took Evita’s words and entered our own name and got: "Proud to be a Parel Valleier". I motivated and encouraged pupils to buy into the concept of having pride in themselves and in what they do but without being arrogant.

We also started to use this slogan on the foot of all our outgoing mail and on our letterheads. Interestingly, some of the grade 8’s, when they answer the question in their little test about the motto of the school, say that, “Proud to be a Parel Valleier” is the school’s motto instead of the real motto "Sapientia et intellegentia."

Long may this slogan live in the hearts and minds of our learners and may they always be "Proud to be a Parel Valleier".

Ettienne Gouws