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Harmonie Sêr

Harmonie’s sêr group performed at the preliminary round on the 4th of August and made it to the semi-finals, which was held on the 11th of August in the Endler auditorium. It was no sêr-prise that, from the moment they opened their mouths, our girls were greeted by sêr hands shooting up all over the auditorium.

We experienced a blast from the past from the 80’s with our ladies, singing songs like It’s Raining Men, and the audience’s personal favorite: I Need a Hero. Other songs not from the 80’s included Ntyilo, My Heart Will Go On, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Our girls had a stage presence that demanded the audience’s attention and the arrangements they sang contained complex harmonies (pun intended) that left the crowd wondering if it was safe to applaud after the songs. This amazing complexity if what made Harmonie stand out amongst the other groups. The songs flowed into one another effortlessly, with creative choreography to accompany them.

Our girls put in a lot of hard work and time into sêr, rehearsing two to three times a week. They also had a sêr camp from the 6th until the 9th of June. We are immensely proud of all of them and very thankful for Blaine Josephs, who arranged and composed the music, as well as for Sedi who did the choreography. The bar has sêr-iously been raised!

Ingrid Grundling

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What a (Toneel)FEES!

Harmonie’s first years have been excelling in all they do from the moment they set foot in the hallowed halls of our dear residence, so the fact that they managed to present a Toneelfees production all on their own comes as no surprise.  Thanks to Jamiela Abrahams (better known by her nickname, Jay) and her tiny but mighty crew of three girls, Harmonie was able to present a real showstopper put together in record time.

The Toneelfees is an annual theatre festival where University residences and PSO’s enter short plays they have written, directed and acted in themselves, and compete against each other in order to determine whose is the best. The theme for 2017 was “A Touch of Laughter” and Harmonie joined hands with Oude Molen to deliver their very own, one-of-a-kind production.

The play Jay and her cast presented was witty and amusing, and our lovely actors, Jean-Marie Malan, Femia Kamper and Ornilla Serage delivered a simple yet classic performance brimming with hidden nuances. If so much can be done with so little time and such few resources, just imagine the extravagant production that will be delivered next year!

It is easy for people to undermine the importance of events such as this festival. According to Jay, “the worst part is how downplayed Toneelfees is, it’s not taken seriously enough”. When asked what her experience of the entire process was, she replied that “it was fun and challenging. These kinds of events are important. It promotes campus involvement, especially amongst first years who want to do something worth the extra time and effort to tell a story on stage”. One such first year, Ornilla Serage comments that Toneelfees allows “a bunch of students to come together and do what they like. It’s very creative, it’s fun, it’s a way to meet people… There’s only good to be taken out of it”.

I for one am filled with great expectations as to what Harmonie will deliver in the years to come.

Ayden Kruger

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