DuPreez Strauss presents Dreamland at The Drama Factory from 31 August until 10 September.
DuPreez Strauss in Western Cape premiere of Dreamland following return from The Lion King world tour
For the last 14 years, DuPreez Strauss has been Associate Music Director and Orchestra Conductor of Disney’s The Lion King musical in eight countries – and counting.
For the first time, he now brings his show Dreamland to the Western Cape following his return to South Africa after his most recent international tour with The Lion King.
Dreamland is an invitation to the whole family to experience your happiest Disney childhood animation feature film music memories, like you’ve never heard them before, with world-class piano interpretations of these much-loved classics. DuPreez captivates his audience in retelling of his personal experiences with these musical works of art.
Dreamland will be performed at The Drama Factory from 31 August until 10 September.
DuPreez Strauss completed his High School career with seven distinctions in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He was classically trained on the piano and holds Final Grades (Grade 8) in piano, cum laude, from both the University of South Africa and the Royal Schools of Music (London).
He learned orchestra conducting at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City from Maestro Vincent LaSelva, resident conductor at Carnegie Hall, who was knighted in Italy for his lifetime contribution to Italian Opera. DuPreez holds two cum laude Bachelor of the Arts University Degrees in subjects ranging from Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Psychology, Art and History of Art to Communications and various Languages.
He is a member of Mensa, the international organization for the top 2% most intelligent people worldwide. He has lived, and worked on five continents as TV, Theatre, Music and Radio Producer, Presenter and Director, Production Manager, Music Director, Composer, Writer and Orchestra Conductor. His TV show My Vreemde Vriende was nominated for best lifestyle show in South Africa in 2021. In this show he meets his most incredible social media friends in real life to learn about their lives, subcultures and skills.
For the past 14 years DuPreez has travelled the world as Associate Music Director and Orchestra Conductor of Disney’s The Lion King – now the most successful work of art in any medium in the history of the world – far bigger than any film or pop star ever.
“In Dreamland I tell seven different Disney storylines simultaneously, because all the heroes in these stories go through the same process. I have realized after years abroad that I have been on my very own Hero’s Journey – which has taken me around the world for decades and has now brought me back to my motherland. It is an absolute joy to be able to bring my very own take on the best Disney music to my own people.” says Du Preez
“For me, the miracle of Disney’s success is that for 100 years now it has changed people’s lives with positive, constructive and healthy content.” he continues.
Dreamland will be performed on:
31 August, 1, 7 and 8 September at 19h30.
2 and 9 September at 15h00
3 and 10 September at 16h00
Tickets cost R180 / R160.
Bookings can be made at https://www.thedramafactory.co.za or contact 073 215 2290.
With its fully licensed bar and cosy, welcoming atmosphere, The Drama Factory is the perfect venue to enjoy top-quality entertainment with a group of friends or family. The solar-powered invertor ensures the show will always go on, even when there is load-shedding!
Make a staycation of a visit to The Drama Factory, booking in with one of their wonderful accommodation partners. Spend the night at The Views Guesthouse, 185 on Beach or Majorca House to enjoy the beauty and many other activities on offer in the surrounding Helderberg region. Visit the website for further details.
The Drama Factory is situated at 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Strand, Western Cape. Parking is available at the venue.