Roland Perold is an accomplished actor, musical director and producer. He grew up in Kwa-Zulu Natal and soon discovered a love for music; taking piano lessons and joining the KZN Youth Choir. In 2003 Roland was appointed as assistant conductor and toured to Europe on 5 occasions receiving the “Outstanding Accompanist” award at the 2005 National Choral Awards. Roland completed his BMus at the University of KZN in 2006.
After appearing in The Sound of Music (2005) and My Fair Lady (2006) at the Natal Playhouse, the theatre bug lead Roland to Cape Town to further his studies at the Waterfront Theatre College where his training programme included classes in singing, acting and dancing. This culminated in a Licentiate with Distinction in Musical Theatre Performance from Trinity College.
In 2010 Roland was asked to provide entertainment for the RMS St. Helena as part of the Fine Music Radio music-cruise. On-board he produced and presented a series of cabaret performances delighting audiences on the ship as well as on the island with a special concert for the people of St. Helena.
Deciding to take fate into his own hands Roland began a small production company in 2009 called ROLSKA Productions specializing in chamber musicals, cabaret & revue. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change was the company’s first staging which proved very popular and was awarded a 2010 Standard Bank Ovation Award. In 2011 ROLSKA’s production of Edges was accepted onto the Arena Platform at Grahamstown, a year which also featured the charming two-hander cabaret What’s in a Name? alongside Delray Burns.
Subsequent work includes revues: “Coward & Cole” with Godfrey Johnson, “Show & Tell” with Michele Maxwell and original musicals “Tweet – The Musical” (dramaturgy Paul Griffiths), “The Last Note” (dramaturgy Cheri-Lee Blackie) and “You Bet Your Life!” (dramaturgy David Fick). Roland also regularly entertains with his popular one man shows Musical Theatre Memory Lane and The Great American Songbook which have delighted audiences locally and in the U.K.
Roland lived in the U.K. in 2012 & 2013 whilst enrolled at Bath Spa University for the Masters in Music degree; specialising in writing for musical theatre. He returned to South Africa having received his MMus with distinction and brings his artistic and entrepreneurial skill set to new writing having taken up the charge to develop original musical theatre locally.
David Fick graduated with a Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2005, having previously graduated from the same university with a First Class Honours in Drama in 2002. Since graduating, he has performed in Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Edges, the Stephen Sondheim musical, Marry Me a Little, Cape Town Opera’s Lloyd Webber and Rice Spring Bouquet and in cabaret like Affirmation and Seasons of Love.
Behind the scenes, he has worked as an assistant director to acclaimed theatre-makers Geoffrey Hyland (The Fantasticks) and Janice Honeyman (Hansel and Gretel). David has also has written and directed two musicals, Over the Rainbow and House of Shadows as well as several musicals for young audiences and performers, including The Snow Queen and Noah’s Ark. Other productions he has helmed include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Crucible, Into the Woods and The Sound of Music. David also places great value on academic writing and research and won the Keswick Prize for his paper Homosexual Representation in the Broadway Musical: the development of homosexual identities and relationships from Patience to RENT.
David is passionate about his work in the education sector, having established the Drama Departments at Springfield Convent High School and South Peninsula High School. Earlier this year, he ran scriptwriting workshops for PANSA Eastern Cape’s Youth Theatre Project and saw the launch of two volumes of Junkets Publishers’ Now I Am Alone South African monologue books, of which he is one of the compilers.