WINNER, GIRLS VOCAL & AUDIENCE FAVOURITE – Mariesa Schutte
The annual talent show at Merensky High School, aptly named Pop-Ups, took place on Thursday, 17 May. This year was even bigger and better than before.
After two afternoons of auditions, a final 26 items were selected by a panel to be performed before the esteemed judges – Mrs Michelle Louwies, Mr Derius Erasmus and Mrs Zanel de Lange – on Thursday evening.
With effective decor and lighting effects the stage came alive when the two MC’s, Stefan Corbett and Shani Rosslee, welcomed the audience. It was all systems go and the artists gave their all to claim top honours in the nine categories.
Keynan Fox (grade 8) made a super entry onto the Plasie stage, winning the male vocal category. Manica van Schalkwyk (grade 10) and Desi de Jager (grade 8) won the vocal duet category with their stunning performance. A trio consisting of Noah Mafaralala (grade 12), Tumiso Malele (grade 8) and Pontsho Mailula (grade 12) wowed the audience with their vocal item, deservedly winning the group vocal category.
The solo dance section awarded strong competition, with no less than five top dancers giving their best. Handy Mosila (grade 10) danced his way to victory in this section, while two skivvies, Tetelo Mokoni and Tebogo Malebati, won the group section.
The instrumental soloists presented tough competition, with pianist Janco Blignaut (grade 11) snatching the victory with his rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. Suandrie Corbett and Jan-Carel van Niekerk won the duo section, harmoniously combining flute and violin.
In the drama section, Fumo Chabalala (grade 12) took top honours with a heartfelt performance of a self-written poem.
The female vocal category is always a tough one. Five singers competed, and talented Mariesa Schutte (grade 9) was announced the winner. She also received the coveted “audience favourite” award, which is no small accomplishment for a junior.
Pop-Ups 2018 once again proved why Merensky High School carries the title of “top culture school.”