Drama teams compete in classics
Scenes from two of Shakespeare’s classics were brought to life by Matamata College students last Thursday night.
The college was competing at Putaruru College against five other schools in the South Waikato University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.
The two scenes were a fiveminute piece from Romeo and Juliet and a 15-minute excerpt from Julius Caesar.
The five-minute piece featured Victoria Bowers-Mason and Jordan Harper in a scene from act three of the play where Juliet learns of her cousin’s death and Romeo’s banishment from the city.
The piece from Julius Caesar involved 13 students who gave the Roman ruler’s assassination a modern twist. Set in the 20th century the excerpt recast Caesar as a politician whose death was captured by a television reporter and broadcast later that night.
Despite their efforts Matamata College came away from the night without one of the three prizes on offer which were shared by Putaruru College and Taupo NuiA-Tia College.
The South Waikato festival included entries from Te Awamutu, Tokoroa, Putaruru and Taupo. Next year’s festival will be hosted by Morrinsville College.