Born to Perform Gala Concert 2016


After the sell-out success of the inaugural concert in July last year which also made great waves in the entertainment industry, Born To Perform is back again to stage their annual Gala Concert in December with plans to be bigger than before!

Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 takes place at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City for TWO performances this year, Saturday 10 December at 2pm and 7:30pm.

In keeping with the theme of “Today’s stars performing with the stars of tomorrow”, audiences will delight in seeing The Graeme Watkins Project, chart-toppers Alexandra May and Ashlinn Gray share the stage with the young talent that blew audiences away last year, that being Marianthe Panas, Josh Middleton, The Buzz and Joshua Moreira.

Joining them on stage this year will also be popular Idols finalist Loyiso Gijana singing “Gravity” with 14-year old Keely Crocker from Durban.

This year’s concerts will include the addition of video performances from industry greats Louise Carver and Ard Matthews performing the big Just Jinjer hit, “Shallow Waters” with 13-year old Joshua Moreira.

Isabella Jane and her side-kick Rosie, a big highlight of last year’s Gala Concert, will be the MC for the two performances.

The Born To Perform platform held nationwide auditions and has secured some of the most talented children and teens from around South Africa from all fields of music, dance and musical theatre to join these illustrious performers on stage.

In this years show Born To Perform will be showcasing excerpts from new Broadway Musicals that are yet to arrive in South Africa such as Hamilton, The Waitress and Once, all with the young performers taking the leads.

Other highlights will include a Beatles tribute, a nostalgic musical medley from the classical musicals ranging from 1940’s to current day, Nella Fantasia for those liking a classical aria, Name in Lights from The Boy from Oz, Tell Him and others…..

Born To Perform is a platform created by Gemma Donnelly Marinus and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for young budding talented children and teens.

Originally coming from the UK, Gemma has been a major player in the musical theatre industry in SA for over 8 years before opening up an elite performing arts school (Stageworx School Of Performing Arts) in 2009. 

Passionate about growing a bright future for our budding artists Gemma and Matthew are heavily involved in training and showcasing the future stars of SA.

Matthew is best known as the talented drummer for The Graeme Watkins Project, but most recently is fast making a name for himself as “Dream Canvas Productions” - video production company he has recently formed - where he produces music videos and EPK’s for SA artists.

The combination of Matthew and Gemma has led to the Born To Perform Platform.

The Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 is once again inspired by the annual Royal Variety Show in England. These budding local performers will be teaming up with some of SA’s favourite artists to show the world what South Africa has to offer.

Says Gemma Donnelly Marinus; “Last year’s show was a huge success and gave rise to many opportunities for our 2015 standouts in a variety of professional mediums this year; from theatre shows to TV appearances, recordings and the inclusion in music videos to name a few. We are welcoming some of these standouts back to the 2016 Gala to now share the stage with the next stream of young talented artist to continue this plan of finding talent, developing it, then developing opportunities for them to shine on professional stages.

The evening promises to be a dazzling display of song and dance provided by our leading stars alongside a wide array of budding talent.

Here’s just a small taste of what to expect from the new “stars of tomorrow”:

Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 is on stage for TWO SHOWS ONLY at The Lyric at Gold Reef City on Saturday 10 December at 2pm and 7:30pm.

Tickets range from R180 – R220 and can be booked online at or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on
011 248 5000 or through Computicket.

Discounts for groups of 10 or more, senior citizens, scholars and students apply. Contact The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000 for more information.

Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders can enjoy instant savings on ticket prices:
10% (Gold); 15% (Platinum); 20% (Black).

Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 has been made possible through the generous support of The CoLab Network, RADA Unearthed, Idea Lab Events, Justine Mac Photography, Hauser Lighting Design and Carmen Collectd Styling.

Follow Born to Perform:
Hashtag : #BornToPerform2016
Twitter: @BornToPerformSA
YouTube: Born To Perform TV

Enjoy highlights from Born To Perform Gala Concert 2015:

Some behind the scenes on Born To Perform (as shown at A Night With The Stars with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra held in May 2016):

Born To Perform Gala Concert Production Credits
Executive Producers: Matthew Marinus & Gemma Donnelly Marinus
Produced by: Stageworx Performing Arts & Dream Canvas Productions in association with RADA Unearthed & The CoLab Network
Director: Gemma Donnelly Marinus
Musical Direction: Gemma Donnelly Marinus, Pieter Ross
Choreography: Gemma Donnelly Marinus, Mullin Krienke, Trudy Fredericks Dancers Dance School
Creative Consultant: Bryan Schimmel
Lighting: Oliver Hauser of Hauser Lighting Design
Stage Design: Idea Lab Events & Oliver Hauser
Costumes: Carmen Collectd Styling assisted by Belinda Restall
Video Content: Dream Canvas Productions

Stageworx Performing Arts is always looking for new talent for their projects so if you are a young talented teen please send a clip to
For any training establishments, send through some material of your students in action and maybe they can be incorporated in future events!

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