The search for a dynamic young presenter who will emcee the seventh ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships finale is underway. The countrywide series of auditions will kick off now in June.

This will be done alongside the search for the top six young performers who will be eligible to win one of three scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000, to go towards their tuition fees for a performing arts qualification at any accredited South African tertiary institution.

The seventh edition of Magic in the Making Awards – set to take place at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg’s Newtown Precinct on Monday, 12 October 2015 – will have a showcase by the six finalists to a live audience and an independent panel of judges. The production’s variety show format will not only allow the participants to deliver enchanting pieces in dance, singing and acting but also have the charismatic presenter bring all the acts together into a seamless performance for the audience and judges to enjoy.

Succeeding the 2015 Top Actor SA winner and 2013 ACT Scholarships Awards host, Altovise Lawrence, student and radio presenter Palesa Malebo of Sasolburg says the experience of presenting the ceremony was “beyond great and a monumental experience”.

“If I had a choice I would do it all over again – winning the MC search has pushed me to work hard at becoming established in the entertainment industry and another upside is that I am more popular with my radio show’s listeners,” says Malebo.

She notes that meeting industry giants Gregory Maqoma and Trish Downing, and having celebrities Bianca Le Grange and Nolo Phiri commend her on a job well done were some of that night’s highlights.

MC search auditions will take place on the same dates as the auditions for the Scholarships themselves. There is no registration fee, and participants can register online here. The closing date for the MC registrations is Friday, 19 June 2015 and all registered individuals will be supplied with audition material and necessary details.

Auditions will take place in the following regions and venues:

  • Tuesday, 30 June and Wednesday, 1 July in Durban (KwaZulu-Natal);
  • Friday, 3 and Saturday, 4 July in: Cape Town (Western Cape);
  • Monday, 6, Tuesday, 7 and Wednesday, 8 July in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape);
  • Wednesday, 15 July in Pretoria (Gauteng);
  • Thursday, 16 and Friday, 17 July in Johannesburg (Gauteng);
  • Friday, 24 July in Kimberley (Northern Cape);
  • Saturday, 25 July in Bloemfontein (Free State);
  • Tuesday, 28 July in Potchefstroom (North West);
  • Thursday, 30 July in Witbank (Mpumalanga); and
  • Saturday, 1 August IN Polokwane (Limpopo).

The deadline for registrations for the Performing Arts Scholarships Programme has been extended to this Friday, 5 June 2015.

For more information on previous winners, finalists, guidelines and registration, visit www.act.org.za. Alternatively, email scholarships@act.org.za or phone the ACT office on +27 11 712-8403.

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