Meet the Team

Caitlin

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Caitlin has been a performer all her life. Some of her earliest memories are of kitchen table performances to small, but paying, audiences. Her professional career started with dancing. She matriculated with a distinction in Dance in 2006 and then went on to quilify as an ISTD ballet teacher. In 2008, she spent four months training with the Cape Academy of Performing Arts where she did locum work for the Cape Dance Company.

Caitlin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Witwatersrand in 2011, and went straight into the cast of The Phantom of the Opera (2011/2012). She finished off 2012 at the National Children’s Theatre (NCT) as dance captain for the Naledi nominated production of Annie Jr. She is still involved with the NCT and choreographed their most recent production of The Wizard of Oz (2014).

She played Angel in Tarts at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square in 2013 and raised over R80 000 to get her to Broadway where she attended a musical theatre course at the New York Film Academy in 2014. One of the highlights of her trip was singing a solo in the famous Jazz bar called Don’t Tell Mama.

On her return home Caitlin starred in a TV advert and did various corporate productions before heading overseas again. 2014 only got more exciting for Caitlin when she landed the role of Kim Ravenal in a UK and Ireland tour of the classic musical Show Boat. She performed in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Dublin’s finest theatres before returning home. Show Boat was nominated for Best Touring Production in the UK Theatre Awards 2014 which made for a wonderful conclusion of an exciting tour.

Caitlin has returned home to write for, Musings and Musicals and produce a much loved original musical called Date Night. She has taken on a full time position at Amorphous New Media where she acts as an account manager while doing social media management and copywriting. Caitlin joins the cast of Sister Act at the Joburg Theatre this year and and she can’t wait to add some more exciting experiences to her career in the next few months.

Marise

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Marise began her dance career at the age of 5 and is trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, partner work, African and belly dance. She was a member of Ballet Theatre Afrikan for 3 years and a graduate member of the South African Ballet Theatre in 2005 during which time she performed in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and many other classical ballets and neo-classical works. She also performed in some of South Africa’s top arts festivals including the KKNK and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

In 2006 Marise began her life as a freelance artist. She danced in numerous corporate productions and live awards shows and shared a stage with the likes of Freshly Ground, The Parlourtones, Gang of Instrumentals and more.  She also joined Radio Today as a radio presenter and ALP Web as a webcaster. She then completed her Pilates Instructors course and attended yoga workshops in Mozambique and Tanzania.

In 2008 Marise took part in the reality TV dance show So you think you can dance in which she reached the finals. In 2009 she made her musical theatre debut in High School Musical, which toured to Shanghai. Thereafter she performed the role of Victoria (White Cat) in Cats.

In 2010 Marise moved to London where she performed in various commercial productions and taught contemporary dance at the prestigious Danceworks studio. She also taught children’s dance workshops in and around London.

In 2011/12 Marise took a break from the stage to compete her MBA degree for which she graduated with 10 distinctions and was the top student for one of her electives. Her research on increasing demand for the Performing Arts through collaboration was published in The South African Theatre Journal.

In 2012 she was featured in Pretville the movie musical then returned to the stage as a ballet dancer in Phantom of the Opera, which toured for the next two years to Manila, Seoul, Bangkok and Singapore. 2015 started with a bang as Marise toured to Macau for 3 weeks to perform in Cats once more in the role of the White Cat.

Marise recently began work as a Brand Manager for ROCKA, a line of celebrity headphones and earphones in collaboration with with Danny K, Mi Casa, Khuli Chana and more.

Marise has a beautiful baby girl named Ayla and is expecting a little boy in September 2015.

Chantal

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Chantal graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2005 with a BA Theatre and Performance Honours while at the same time starring in her first professional musical tribute show called Rhythm’s Gonna Get You at On Broadway in Cape Town. Soon after she starred in her first drama, a two-hander written by Mike Van Graan and directed by Jaco Bouwer called Mixed Metaphors which toured extensively. Later theatre credits include Othello and the anti-drug initiative It’s Your Life.

The following year saw her first television role as intrepid reporter ‘Florys’ for the Kyknet comedy series Geraldina Die Tweede, directed by Sandra Prinsloo. This was followed by a recurring role on Sewende Laan as ‘Cecile Whittaker’, Vince’s lover and child’s mother. Her television presence was further cemented with the lead roles of businesswoman and temptress Dalene Phillips in both seasons of SABC1’s drama series Montana and then as Prudence Plaatijies in Mzansi Magic’s comedy series S.I.E.S.

Chantal has since performed on local and international stages with various musical tribute shows as a vocalist including Le Femme, Station 70 and two seasons of the extravagant Vaudeville. In 2007, she toured Menorca, Spain for six months with 80’s All-Stars as Whitney Houston, directed by doyenne Natalia Da Rocha who would later also direct Chantal’s own one-woman tribute to South African legends Ladies First for Darling’s Voorkamerfest. She spent another six months touring Turkey in 2013 for the Magic Life Hotel Group as lead female vocalist and supporting dancer in Queen Tribute and 80’s. She has also performed in smaller productions in the Seychelles and the UK.

Her film credits include leading role in local short films Coke Town and Tamarind. She has also recently completed filming on three films for Kyknet&Kie, with a supporting role in Die Staat se Bul and the lead roles as Elsie in the thriller Die Gelukbringer and Lientjie in Hondelewe. She has featured on international productions including The Philanthropist and commercials for K-Mart, Glidden Paint, Clover USA and FNB.

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