Stu­dents shine at the Stage­coach Sum­mer Short Play Fes­ti­val

● Young par­tic­i­pants pro­duced, di­rected and acted in shows of their choos­ing

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Stage­coach The­atre Arts School (Malta) once again gave its youth stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the re­cent Sum­mer Short Play Fes­ti­val, thus pro­vid­ing them with an op­por­tu­nity to pro­duce, di­rect and act in plays for a fes­ti­val au­di­ence.

Now in its sec­ond suc­cess­ful year, the fes­ti­val – which was held at the Malta Drama Unit and co­or­di­nated by Max­ine Aquilina – pre­sented four one-act plays. Each play was then ad­ju­di­cated by a panel of judges, and awards were pre­sented to the stu­dents that ex­celled in the cat­e­gories of Most Promis­ing Fe­male and Male Ac­tor, Best Fe­male and Male Ac­tor, Best Di­rec­tor, Best Pro­duc­tion, and Au­di­ence Favourite. The fes­ti­val was ad­ju­di­cated by Jo Caru­ana, Thomas Camil­leri, Laura Wy­att O’Ke­effe and Marc An­tolin.

“The Stage­coach One-Act Play Fes­ti­val was an idea con­ceived last year to give our stu­dents an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate work over the sum­mer hol­i­days,” ex­plains Ms Aquilina. “The stu­dents be­gan by choos­ing whether they wanted to di­rect or act, and the di­rec­tors then se­lected the scripts they wanted to work with. It was then their re­spon­si­bil­ity to drive the piece through re­hearsals, and to get it ready to present to an au­di­ence and panel of judges. They han­dled ev­ery­thing from the set and cos­tumes to the light­ing and mu­sic, and it was an op­por­tu­nity for them to learn about the work that re­ally goes into tak­ing a show to the stage.”

While the ad­ju­di­ca­tors com­mended all the par­tic­i­pants for their high stan­dards, prizes were awarded as fol­lows: Best Fe­male Ac­tor: Cody Char­lie Calleja Best Male Ac­tor: Adam Ryan Ali Farag Most Promis­ing Male Ac­tor: Ben­jamin Tonna Most Promis­ing Fe­male Ac­tor: Leah Davies Best Di­rec­tor: Ni­cholas Galea

Best Pro­duc­tion: ‘Look for the Sil­ver Lin­ing’ by Ch­eryl Bar­rett and di­rected by Raquel Theuma; cast: Matthew Cas­sar, Amy Grech, Kacey Wadge and Kim­ber­ley Agius

Peo­ple’s Choice Award: Peo­ples choice award: ‘Mir­ror Mir­ror’ by Bruce Kane and di­rected by Mikaela Vella; cast: Adriel Camil­leri, Cody Char­lie Calleja, Lara Bugeja, Mat­teo Caru­ana Bond, Gabriel Camil­leri.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Stage­coach The­atre Arts Schools (Malta) and the cour­ses for the new scholas­tic year, please visit: www.stage­

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