Two enthusiastic teams led by directors Amy Woermann and Molly Noven set out to create scenes for the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival expecting to perform at the end of Term one. Thankfully the festival organisers, facing the uncertainty of covid 19 set up an on-line competition. Directors attended meetings, planning how to keep the energy going online and adapt their pieces for the camera.

Once we were back at school teams worked very hard in breaks and after school to prepare for the filming and our end of term arts evening on 24 June. A group of talented, experienced Year 11 students, veterans of the festival having started in Year 7, tackled the challenging play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ with Act 2: Scene 1 where the brash Petruchio woos the fiery Katarina. Managed by the ever efficient Molly Noven, assisted by Natasha Fry, the actors were Sam Rogers, Jessica Lilly, Nadia Officer, and Meagan MacKinnon. This rich characterization of these colourful characters created a complex and highly entertaining performance. Excellent work showing commitment, resilience, respectful team work and proud achievement.

Best Actress: Nadia Officer, Hornby High School (Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew)

Scene Award: Best connection between cast (The Taming of the Shrew)

The 5 minute group, with students from Year 7 to 13, worked on ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Act 1: Scene 1 as a riotous marketplace fight between the Capulets and the Montagues. Amy, assisted by Hannah-Mae worked hard on planning the fight choreography. It is a delightful scene with vibrant characters and lots of colour and energy.

Scene Award: Best opening scene