Drama teams com­pete in clas­sics

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MATHEW GRO­COTT

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.

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