Following on a busy and productive year last year, VICKY FRIEDMAN, the acclaimed stage performer, actress, singer and choreographer has begun 2009 with a bang – and in a different area of her life than you would expect; having married her soul mate and long time boyfriend, Idan Segal, in a truly memorable wedding ceremony, set in the picture book surroundings of Webersberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch in February.

 

With last year having been such a busy year work-wise for Vicky, her free time was limited to plan the most important day of her life, one which she had been dreaming since starting her relationship with Idan 6 years ago. But those in Vicky’s immediate circles knew she would pull off the event with aplomb!

 

Says Vicky; “I approached the task of organizing my wedding much like producing a large stage show;   choreography of the first dance with a strict rehearsal schedule to the horror of my fiancé, a chorus line of groomsmen and bridesmaids and meticulous planning and scheduling to bring together all the elements of music, dance and drama to create a perfect wedding day.”

 

Vicky continues; “It took quite a while for me to come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t playing the part of a bride, I was the bride!!

It was a magical day surrounded by friends and family from all over the world but what I am most grateful for is that I get to spend forever with my soul mate and best friend.   I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect opening night and I am so excited to always have my leading man by my side. It was an idyllic day set in majestic surroundings, and the perfect start to my life as a married woman.”

 

But taking on this new role in life hasn’t slowed her down, in fact, it’s given her even more energy to continually strive in stamping her indelible mark on South Africa’s entertainment industry.

 

Rehearsals begin this week for the return of Ed Jordan and Alan Glass’s delightful concert version of Beautiful Creatures, which will be taking to the stage at the Joburg Easter Festival at NASREC during the April holidays. Vicky will reprise her role of choreographer and director for the show, which features the hit songs from the Beautiful Creatures CD’s and is being produced in association with Showtime Management. For more information, log onto www.beautifulcreatures.co.za.

 

Recently, details were announced to the media and public of the inaugural ACT/DALRO Performing Arts Scholarship Programme whereby Vicky has received the prodigious honour of having been asked to be one of the judges. Other luminary judges include Yvonne Chaka Chaka, David Dennis, Hazel Feldman, Warren Nebe, Gregory Maqoma and Kate Normington

 

The ACT/DALRO Performing Arts Scholarship programme is a R75 000 scholarship for a 3 year undergraduate performing arts degree commencing in 2010 to study acting, dancing, singing or musical theatre at an accredited South African tertiary institution of the winner’s choice.

Vicky has also been asked to work with the contestants on choreography for the final round which will take place in September.

 

Along with her business partner, Lauren Wallett, Vicky continues with her successful Fame Academy Workshops that are staged in the school holidays. The theme for the upcoming workshop in April is “Teen Idol Workshop – be the next Hannah Montana or Nick Jonas”. These upcoming workshops are for Grades 1 – 7 and will be taking place at the Sandhurst Centre from 6-10 April, and again from 13-17 April. Children are trained in singing, dancing and acting and learn about stage make-up and costumes from professionals in the entertainment industry.

For more information, email Vicky at vicky@hixnet.co.za.

 

Fame Academy will be staging a number of interactive performances at the Joburg Easter Festival from 3rd – 13th April at the Black Eagle Kiddies Theatre. Log onto www.easterfestival.co.za for further information.

Vicky has also joined forces with acclaimed Musical Director, Clifford Cooper to put together a one act show “The Supremes”, where 3 gorgeous women sing songs from the Motown era and the 60’s. The show is already making waves on the corporate entertainment scene and promises to delight all who watch it.

When asked where she finds the time to be wife and performer, Vicky replies with a smile; I am as excited as ever to tackle new projects, perform and choreograph. I think marriage just enhances your support system to be creative and pursue your passion.”

Vicky continues, “I am positive about the entertainment industry at the moment. Of course, an economic recession does affect shows and productions but I think it also forces producers and performers to be creative and find ways of branching out, creating work and tapping into new markets.”

 

With this attitude, and having her life partner by her side, the entertainment world is certainly Vicky’s oyster, and she continuously enjoys striving for the magic that the industry provides.

 

Vicky Friedman is represented in the industry by her Agent, Jurgie Wagener at Artist Connection. For television, film, commercial or other audition possibilities, arrangements can be made directly with her at 011 791 6846 or jurgie@artistconnection.co.za

 

For any interview requests, Vicky is represented by Freelance Publicist, Collett Dawson of CMS. To make interview arrangements, please contact Collett on 011 432 3298 or 082 653 1338 or collett.dawson@absamail.co.za

 

Additional photos, and photos in higher resolution available on request. Contact Collett Dawson on collett.dawson@absamail.co.za to make arrangements.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR MEDIA:

Vicky Friedman – Biography
Vicky began her career at the age of five, performing in the Brickhill and Burke production of The King and I. She graduated from Technikon Pretoria with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Her theatre credits include : Cinders and her Fella; Sleeping Beauty’ The Best of Girl Talk; Annie; Boogie Nights and Chicago – The MusicalIn 2007 she performed in Stepping Out and understudied the role of Millie in Thouroughly Modern Millie. Her performance as Penny Pingelton in Hairspray assured her a Naledi Nomination in 2008.

Other experience includes appearing in Egoli, and choreography for SABC 3′s Popstars, Isidingo in Concert, La Traviata for Opera Africa, Ladies Night, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Menopause – The Musical. Recent choreography accolades include Mile High with Cathy Specific,The Rocky Horror Show at the Victory Theatre and Beautiful Creatures.

Vicky is a qualified dance teacher, voice-over artist and choreographer of corporate events and theatre. She also holds a B.A. Honours Degree in Communications from UNISA.

 

ENDS.

 

Press Release issued on behalf of Vicky Friedman by :

 

Media Contact :
Collett Dawson
CMS
Specialists in Entertainment Publicity and Artist Management

011 432 3298 or 082 653 1338

collett.dawson@absamail.co.za

 

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