Three to five professional productions are produced annually by the Klein Libertas Theatre Production House under the direction of Juanita Swanepoel, the in-house director of the theatre, who received various national awards for her direction. These productions are staged at the Klein Libertas Theatre and various other venues and also perform at arts festivals (Volksblad, Aardklop, Innibos, Cederberg, Woordfees, Suidoosterfees, KKNK). An income is therefore created for professional and amateur actors on a continuous base. Many of the actors received nominations and awards for their acting.
The Klein Libertas Theatre strives to produce one amateur drama production annually – usually in December – where members of the community have the opportunity to be part of a high quality drama production. As far as possible, amateur actors are used in professional productions during the year as well where they have the opportunity to act in professional drama productions with professional actors.
The Klein Libertas Theatre commits itself to projects in the community in and around Stellenbosch with the aim to:
- Keep children and teenagers off the streets and accommodate those who do not have an interest in sports
- Motivate our youth and give them hope
- Build self-confidence and self-esteem
- Identify problems and teach problem solving
- Develop leaders
- Stimulate creativity
- Develop concentration and the ability to listen with detail
- Build skills
- Contribute to a balanced and appropriate set of norms and values
- Create jobs for actors (professional and amateur) and encourage entrepreneurship
Because of its low income potential for actors, the Klein Libertas Theatre usually only does children and youth theatre on assignment. The KKNK appointed several children’s theatre shows as well as high school productions to the theatre in the past and the Cape Winelands District Municipality assigned Environmental Awareness Programmes (English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa) in Stellenbosch, Drakenstein, Witzenberg and Breedevallei areas to the Klein Libertas Theatre.
The KLTKoor was founded in 2011 and is dependent on donations and sponsors to function optimal. With their first concert they had a standing ovation. This choir performed with Francois van Coke, Leroi Nel, three opera singers, a string trio and a rockband in Die Suiderkruis- Mis at the US Woordfees 2012. This performance also had a standing ovation as well as a four star review.