Penryn Stars shine at World Championship of Performing Arts 2018
During the recent holiday, the city of Long Beach, the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Centre and the Westin Long Beach Hotels and Resorts welcomed the 22nd Annual World Championships of Performing Arts with
3 500 contestants from 67 countries. South Africa participated for the 21st time with team SA as the second largest group at WCOPA 2018.
Two of our scholars had the opportunity to share their talent with the world as part of team SA of 2018. Amy-Lee Card and Thando Mathebula were chosen for the South African team during the South African Championships of Performing Arts. Both girls followed their dreams to compete on an international stage and thoroughly enjoyed this trip of a lifetime to California.
The trip included a visit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, Disneyland, shopping at Fashion District and even a party-bus trip through Los Angeles. When party-time was over, the girls were put through their paces at the World Stars Boot Camp and also enjoyed a comprehensive Performing Arts Seminar as well as workshops by some of the top experts in the industry.
Thando and Amy-Lee proved a force to be reckoned with at WCOPA 2018.
Thando was awarded 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals in her age category. Her vocal solos achieved bronze for Stupid Cupid in the Open category, bronze for Halo in Contemporary category and silver for Joy in the World category. In the dancing event, Thando also rose to the occasion and came home with a silver medal for her Musical Theatre solo, Read all about it. Her ballet solo, River flows in you, received second place at the World Championship with the silver medal.
Amy-Lee was awarded 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal for vocals in her age category. Amy-Lee achieved a silver medal for Say you won’t let go in the Open category, and first place with gold in both the Contemporary category (for Riptide) and the Variety category (for Can’t help falling in love).
Amy-Lee literally swept the floor with her self-accompaniment on the Ukelele and was chosen as the 2018 Champion of the World Division winner for receiving the best score in the age group of 16-24 year olds in the Variety Arts Category. For this, she received the Plaque Champion of the World Trophy.
Both girls were offered recording deals with Lemoyne Alexander and the opportunity to work with the company’s studio songwriters, which they are free to pursue as it suits them.