Shelley
Amie
Olga
Siphe
Elanit
Mihlali

Shelley Meskin : Owner

Shelley has been lucky enough to enjoy a fruitful career on stage, in radio, and in television and film.

Over the last 22 years, she has played various different characters both large and small. From cameo to lead role, every production was an adventure.

Radio dramas include: 9 years on Radio Vuka for SA FM.

Musicals include: Fame - The Musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Plays Include: Honor, Some Girls.

Physical Theatre includes: the original The Travellers. Television includes: The Lab, Jacob’s Cross.

Film includes: Jerusalema, Panic Button.

Over and above her performing career, Shelley has opened a musical theatre studio called CABARET KIDS where she teaches children age 3-15 musical theatre. The aim is to contribute to the development of confident, capable, creative people.

2024 is Cabaret Kids’ 7th year and has been a fantastic way to give back and continue what Shelley believes is one of the most important tools for growing minds and bodies.

Amie Hood

Amie has spent all her life training in the arts and has completed formal qualifications in Cecchetti Ballet, Opera and Contemporary Singing, Piano, and Dramatic Arts. She matriculated with a 94% in the subject “Dramatic Arts” and achieved 87% in her Advanced 1 Ballet examination. She also holds a Grade 8 in Singing, Grade 6 in the Theory of Music, and Grade 4 in Piano, all through Trinity College London.

During her school years, she was the youngest-ever member of the Gauteng Opera Academy and performed in two Gauteng Opera productions at the Joburg Theatre, namely L’Elisir D’Amore (2016) and La Boheme (2017).

More recently, she worked with the Casa do Sol school choir and assisted in the production of their Senior School play in 2019.  She also taught younger students with special needs at Faery Glen Therapy Centre, in which singing, dancing, and using instruments was encouraged during each subject. Amie is in the third year of her Bachelor of Arts Degree at UNISA, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, with the goal of becoming a qualified Music Therapist.

Olga De Villiers

Olga de Villiers graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2016 where she received her degree in Drama Studies.

In 2017 and 2018 she traveled through South Africa; writing, directing and performing in multiple children's theater shows, including Babalela, Die Ware Verhaal van Rooikappie, Die Drie Varkies, Hier Kom Kersvader, and many more.

She also visited various schools where she performed puppet shows and educational theater shows, such as Stranger Danger, and various others.

Since 2019 she has been teaching active communication training to different age groups, ranging from 3 - 18.

Olga also co-founded her own drama academy called Izinkanyezi Zakusasa Drama Academy in early 2021.

Olga is very dedicated to training and inspiring future performers.

 

Siphe Mashigo

Siphe Mashigo studied Dance and Musical Theatre at Oakfields College.

In 2017 Siphe started working as a freelance performer, He also began his career as a teacher at Act Drama Studios in the same year. In 2021 Siphe co-founded Izinkanyezi Zakusasa Drama Academy and his own Events Company ZeProductions Events Management.

He also became a member of the Johannesburg Academy for Theatre Arts teaching staff in 2021.

In 2017 Siphe co-founded his band Zebra that has performed on some of South Africa's biggest stages, including Splashy Fen and Oppikoppi.  Siphe has adjudicated many speech and drama, and dance festivals.

Siphe has a passion for inspiring the next generation of performers and devotes his time to training Izinkanyezi Zakusasa (The stars of tomorrow).

Elanit Judes

Elanit Judes is a University of Cape Town Graduate in Preforming Arts (with a bilingual diploma), and has spent most of her childhood and young adulthood on the stage.

Her love is for musical theatre, having trained in classical (opera), jazz and musical styles of singing. Her dancing career began at the tender age of 8 and she danced all the way into University.

Elanit trained in Modern, Contemporary and Jazz.  She even has a few years of tap under her belt.

She has performed in shows like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, Honk, Carousel, Mame, Kismet and Absolutely Fabulously Broadway, to name a few.

At the age of 20, she wrote and performed in her one woman show, Broadway Baby, and toured with it to Port Elizabeth, Darling and Cape Town.

Her Theatre attributes include Variations, Go Ask Alice,  Alice In Wonderland and Fred Abrahamson's Hansel and Gretal.

She also had the opportunity to take lead vocals in Duck Chile's 70s Show.

Her lead roles include Rizzo in Grease, Marty in Grease, understudy to Magenta, Carrie Pepperidge in Carousel, as well as  Arora Adora in Sleeping Beauty.

She currently runs an events company which has been creating shows for the corporate industry for the past 20 years.

Her passion for the industry has always been around - with one foot in and one foot out.

Mihlali Adams

Mihlali Adams is a South African actor who has done film, television & theatre.

Her career began back in 2007 at the age of 10 when she did voice-overs on Channel Africa. Since then, she has gone on to star in a number of projects within the arts, developing a myriad of skills.

Mihlali obtained her BA in Live Performance in 2018 at AFDA Johannesburg. Honing her craft led her to then write & produce her own work, which has cemented her as a multi-disciplinary artist. She has been able to use her experience and love for the arts to help educate the next generation of performers, by becoming a drama and musical theatre teacher.

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