Project Description

ZOLANI SHANGASE

Zolani hails from the laid back city of Pietermaritzburg on the South African East Coast. He grew up between two different homes with music being his only constant. This inspired him to further pusue his innate passion for the performing arts.

At the age of fifteen Zolani successfully auditioned for the musical The Sound of Music, under their direction of Ralph Lawson, for The Durban Playhouse Company in the role of Friedrich von Trapp. The very next year he was invited to perform in a gala of opera highlights entitled, Bravissimo, under the direction of Ralph Lawrens. In 2008, Zolani was invited to perform in the chorus of Handel’s Messiah, under the direction of Themi Venturas. Phelelani Mnomiya wrote an opera called Ingqayizivela in preperation for the 2010 soccer world cup. This piece was directed by Duma Ndlovu.

In 2008, Zolani entered the popular High School Musical Spotlight competition and persevered until the final twenty two. This experience steered him into the direction of further training at the Thswane University of Technology where he currently studies Musical Theatre. Throughout his time at TUT he has been involved in several productions such as Parade (2010), the musical, directed by Elizma van Rensburg; Coloured Mecca (2011), under the direction of Tarquinn Whitebooi; TUT Dance Season (2011) in which he formed part of the ballet Le Patineur, directed by Debra Gush; Spring Awakening (2011) during which he played the role of the troubled Moritz Stiefil, under the direction of Dr. Harold Mortimer and Ester, directed by Elizma van Rensburg. Experience includes GOGGA’s (The National Children’s Theatre) Aladdin Pantomime (Joburg Theatre), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (The Fugard Theatre) and Showboat which toured the UK. More recently he portrayed the role of Eugene McAdoo in The Fugard Theatre’s Production of ORPHEUS IN AFRICA. Zolani is currently performing in the West End’s Lion King. To date Zolani holds a National Certificate in Musical Theatre.

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