World of Tomorrow Drama Festival: Gala Evening and Prizegiving ends with a flourish

The World of Tomorrow drama festival ended on Friday 2 August with a Gala Evening which showcased the Overall Best Production Winners for the competition, namely Blanco Primary School with their rendition of Alladin and the Lights of Arabia and McKinlay Reid International School with their World Leader Summit held in George.

Best Actor High School: Lingo Greyling, Rundle College with from left Penny De Villers (Judge), Marie Davison (Judge) to his left and Steyn Van Der Merwe, George Municipality

9 schools with 53 primary school learners and 48 high school learners participated at the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre during the week. Guests on the evening included school principals, parents of the learners, sponsors and special guests from King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality who were here on a learning exchange with George Municipality

Best Actor High School: Lingo Greyling, Rundle College with from left Penny De Villers (Judge), Marie Davison (Judge) to his left and Steyn Van Der Merwe, George Municipality

Both evenings proved to be a huge amount of fun for the learners and audience and the judging panel (made up of independent volunteers) were challenged with their adjudication on both respective evenings, being totally blown away by the level of energy, commitment, and fun on display! The judging criteria was set up independently with drama assistance offered to all schools participating. The basic premise of the competition being that the learners themselves workshopped the play with input from their teachers and Heather Stead the appointed drama facilitator.

Best Actress High School: Gadija Adams, Thembalethu High receives her Trophy and cash prize of R500 from Cllr Edmund Bussack and to her right Deputy Mayor Charlotte Clarke

Marie Davison a retired Professional Engineer and member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and Passmore Dongi, a registered certified natural scientist and Manager: Project Management for Garden Route District Municipality focused on the central message of Energy Efficiency portrayed by the dramas. Penny De Villiers, speech and drama teacher at the Helen O’Grady drama school and Chantal Witthuhn, Fashion and Image Stylist and currently Wardrobe Manager at the George Society of Arts Theatre focuses on the use of dramatic arts and the presentation of costumes and props.

Best Actress Primary School: Ashlynne Manewil, St Mary’s Primary receives her Trophy and cash prize of R500 from Cllr Edmund Bussack and to her right Deputy Mayor Charlotte Clarke

Master of Ceremonies for all three evenings was Jeffrey Van Niekerk, previously an EPWP intern at the George Arts Theatre who kept the audience and learners fully entertained all the way!

Primary School Winners:

Blanco Primary won for the categories of Best Script, Best Drama, Best Overall Production and Best Message.

Heidedal Primary won for Best Presentation of Creative Use of Recycled Materials and Most Creative Workable Solution to Energy Efficiency.

Kretzenhoop Primary, Dwayne Geldenblom won Best Actor and  St Mary’s Primary, Ashlynne Manewil won Best Actress BEST actress.

High School Winners:

Mckinlay Reid International High School won for the categories of Best Script, Best Drama, Best Overall Production, Best Message and Most Creative Workable Solution to Energy Efficiency.

Rundle College won for Best Presentation of Creative Use of Recycled Materials. Lingo Greyling of Rundle College won Best Actor and Gadija Adams of Thembalethu High School won Best Actress.

George Municipality would like to thank the Department of Energy and Minerals, media sponsors George Herald and Eden FM, Beka-Schreder, MDL Electrical, SAIEE, Clinkscales Maughan Brown, VE Reticulation, Khubeka Construction, Oakhurst Insurance, Nelson Mandela University, Algoa FM, iWeathar, Panarotti’s, Diskonto Stationary and Spar for the generous assistance in making the festival possible.

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