Awards abound at Thrilling MDDA event

Best all rounder Suandrie Corbett and Mrs. Mari Weber (Manager MDDA)

Suandrie Corbett and Mrs Mari Weber (Manager MDDA).

The last “Thrilling Tuesday” and prize giving ceremony of the Merensky MDDA (music, dance, drama and art school) was held on Tuesday, 16 October in the hall. The event was presented by the culture prefects and once again the audience was entertained with a variety of classy Plasie items, interspersed with deserving performers and artists receiving acknowledgement from their tutors. The winner of this years’ Best All Rounder trophy was once again the diverse Plasie performer, Suandrie Corbett.

In the Classic and NRG section, Nicolé Muller was awarded a trophy for the Most versatile dancer, while Heidi Swanepoel was commended for Best progress.The Best female performer was Abigail Caldeira, with Jeandré Joubert being her male counterpart. Crystal Kirstein received the trophy for Endurance.

The Modern Dance section acknowledged Tenia Albertyn with a 1st Place, Renate Botha 2nd and Joha du Toit 3rd. Liam O’Brien made the Best progress in tap dance, while Paige Stephenson received a special award.

Ballet dancer Suandrie Corbett received a trophy for the Highest exam marks, while Sanel Botha claimed the Best stage performance. The Most improved dancer was Judi Fleischmann.

The following vocalists received trophies: Lee-Anne Fevrier (Commitment and highest Eisteddfod mark), Mariesa Schutte (Enthusiasm), Ruan Fourie (Most improved singer), and Danzi Ivy (Best performance).

In the Dramatic arts, Johan van den Heever received a trophy for the Best male, and Sue-Ann du Preez was his female counterpart. Zayana Moosa was awarded for her Excellence in improvisation, while Ntsakisi Shingange received was honoured for her Creative development in all dramatic areas. Christelle Brummer claimed the Comedy trophy, with Ruette Schoeman and Suandrie Corbett sharing the trophy for Eisteddfod excellence. Thabiso Shai was honoured for his Progress on the drama stage.

Classic instrumentalist Janco Blignaut received a trophy for Best performance, while Jan-Carel van Niekerk was awarded for his Progress on the violin.

In the Rock Schools Piano section, Kesia Pohl was awarded for Progress, and Michaela Stanley for Dedication and determination.

The guitar awards proved a treat, with Jaco van Staden receiving the We will rock you award, for being the best all rounder. Michaela Stanley was named the Guitar Ninja, for being quiet but dangerously good at finger picking. Ethan Valentine claimed the Stairway to heaven award, for his steady growth and enthusiasm. The Karma Chameleon trophy went to Boaz Magagula, for showing the most diverse music interest, while the Rock star award went to Johandrie Klopper, for hard work and reliability. Desi de Jager received the Good golly miss Molly trophy, for showing the most natural talent on the guitar.

Special art awards went to Adrie Nelson (best digital artist), Chloe Beretta (best progress), Dagan de Meyer (best pencil artist), while Anize Basson received a trophy as the Overall best artist. An exhibition of the students’ work was on display, and enthusiastic comments were overheard.

While the audience enjoyed watching the students’ work displayed on the big screen, the following received photography awards: Urmarie Naude and Amelia Booth shared the trophy for Commitment, while Lisa Maguire was acknowledged as being the Most natural photographer. Samuel Loughor-Clarke received the award for being the Most promising photographer. A special trophy went to Mrs. Ula Schoeman, who also enrolled at the MDDA to further her skills behind the lens.

More than 160 learners enrolled for classes with the MDDA this year. The Plasies embrace the privilege to learn from professional tutors right on the Merensky school grounds. Interested parties can keep an eye open for the 2019 MDDA brochure, which will be available end November.