The Enlighten Education Trust is proud of its two projects, which were featured for the first time at this year’s FynArts Festival and congratulates all the participants who put their hearts and souls into the performance. The enthusiastic applause of the audience was ample proof of its appreciation.
Although it was the first time Enlighten’s puppetry group had appeared at FynArts, it is a very well-known and loved phenomenon in Hermanus’ disadvantaged communities, where each month over 1 000 children are entertained by its wide repertoire of shows. The six locally trained puppeteers devise the scripts themselves, make the puppets and scenery and perform the plays, either individually or as a group.
While Enlighten’s puppetry group has been operating for several years, The Enlighten Strings Project has been running only since October 2015, when 12 youngsters from the Overstrand region were chosen to form the first Strings Ensemble. This project was the brainchild of Mrs Elvia Bury, whose generous donation, in memory of her late husband Alex, made it possible.
With no former experience, these youngsters have come a long way in just eight months. They performed with panache at FynArts, supported by other instrumentalists from the region, and the highly-awarded Marimba band from Kleinmond Laerskool (also trained by Enlighten). Enlighten’s Music Department falls under the leadership of Mrs Anna-Marié Kotzé and the young violinists are coached by Hein Attwood, with the assistance of consultant, Elzahn Johnson from Somerset West. Thanks to the recent donation of a cello from OAK, a budding cellist, trained by Maike Skein, has joined the Strings family. The ultimate aim is to build a fully-fledged youth orchestra of a high enough standard to give regular public performances both locally and further afield.