VR Theatrical was formed in 2016 and co-produced the National Tour of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and the South African premiere of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH under the banner VRG Theatrical. Other productions include a National Tour of THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, South African premieres of ROCK OF AGES and AVENUE Q as well as an original 2-hander adaptation of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Two brand new commissions will be on the board later this year, namely an imaginative retelling of Sergei Prokofiev's PETER AND THE WOLF as well as a mini-musical adaptation of THE LITTLE PRINCE.
- Jaco van Rensburg | Executive Producer
Growing up with shop-keeper parents, Jaco has always had a keen interest in business, but initially followed his artistic roots, training as contemporary dancer, completing a B.Tech Degree in Musical Theatre, working extensively as musical theatre practisioner both locally and internationally, working creatively as Director, Choreographer and Musician, moving behind the scenes as Company Manager and Resident Director and is now a proud Theatre Maker!
He was selected by the Branson Center of Entrepreneurship as one of South Africa's up and coming young business men in 2016 where he received a year long mentorship and business training. He also successfully completed various courses in Theatre Production, Arts Management, Production Management and Marketing for the Theatre hosted by Tony® Award winning Broadway producer, Ken Davenport.
Professional performance experience include:
JERSEY BOYS (International Touring Company)
THE VERTICAL HOUR
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT - THE MUSICAL
DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (International Touring Company)
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (International Touring Company)
GREASE (International Touring Company)
FOOTLOOSE - THE MUSICAL
ASPECTS OF LOVE
CHICAGO - THE MUSICAL
RENT - THE MUSICAL
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLY
JOSEPH AND THE AMAING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT
SHOWBOAT (International Touring Company)
Creative work include:
HOT MIKADO - Choreographer
CINDERELLA - THE PANTOMIME - Choreographer
FINGS AIN’T WOT THEY USE T’BE - Choreographer
BACK TO THE 80's - Choreographer
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT - Assistant Choreographer
THE VERTICAL HOUR - Resident Director
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Resident Director
VARIOUS PANTOMIMES - Resident Director
- Wessel Odendaal | Associate Producer
Wessel completed a year of Musical Theatre studies at the Tshwane University of Technology before graduating at the University of Pretoria with a B.Mus. Degree (cum laude) in 2006.
He worked as Musical Director on AVENUE Q (international UK touring company to South Korea), ROCK OF AGES, I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH amongst others.
Wessel performed duties as Assistant Musical Director for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (international tour to Greece and South Korea), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, THE FULL MONTY, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL as well as the international touring production of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL to China and Indonesia. He has also acted as the assistant musical director for ASPECTS OF LOVE, CATS, BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH and MAMMA MIA! and toured with the international company of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA as part of the orchestra.
He also worked as Musical Director for Oakfields College’s South African premieres of THE CRADLE WILL ROCK and PASSING STRANGE as well as Tshwane University of Technology’s premiere of RAGTIME – THE MUSICAL.
A career highlight thus far was working on the opening of the new Culture Square Theatre in Shanghai, China in 2011 where he worked with international theatre stars including Lea Salonga, Eden Espinosa and Ria Jones.
Wessel is proud to be serving as Associate Producer for VR Theatrical.