Shakespeare Festival 2017
Shakespeare Alive and Well in Horowhenua-Kapiti Region
Kapiti College took home 5 of the 11 awards on offer two of which were the major awards at the Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare-in-Schools Competition hosted at the College last Saturday. With 24 entries, the largest number in the memory of the organisers, 125 keen young players took the stage to represent Shakespeare in all his temperaments, from tragic intrigue to comedy and romance.
The winning 15 minute scene was claimed by Paraparaumu College for their Titus Andronicus directed by student Kent Edward Norris. Kāpiti College won the 5 minute student directed piece also with Titus Andonicus directed by students Erica Julian and Bella Taylor.
A very surprised Loren Whithair of Kāpiti College also impressed the judges with her performance of Macbeth to be selected as the outstanding individual from the festival, earning herself a place in the National Shakespeare in Schools Production residential workshop, and the opportunity to be selected for a trip to the Globe in London.
The two winning teams will compete in the National festival in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday weekend
Assessors Ken Blackburn and Shona Jonas were impressed with the standard of entries and said that the task of separating the groups of talented and imaginative young people was very difficult.
Regional representative Margaret Jackson said performances chosen ranged widely, but it was interesting that both the winning scenes were from Titus Andronicus and were dark twisted thrillers which had the audience captivated from beginning to end.
Among the other Kāpiti award winners were:
Nikau Wi Neera for best delivery text for his performances as Titus in the winning 5 minute piece and Petruchio in the Taming of the Shrew directed by himself.
Siobhan Malley’s Macbeth was awarded the Coastlands cup for outstanding elements in performance.
The Adjudicators cup for the best connection between two actors went to Daria Maxon and Chloe Armstrong for their performance in King Lear directed by Jade Farmery.
Congratulations to all our performers and directors a very enjoyable experience and successful and inspiring night for all.