Wesley College Year 12 and 13 Drama students entered the Auckland South and East SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Each year, SGCNZ holds 24 festivals nationwide, in which secondary-age students from 11-19 years old, perform 5 and 15 minute scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, set in any time, place, dress-though definitely in Shakespeare’s words.
Our Year 12’s performed a 5 minute scene from Romeo and Juliet, while the Year 13’s performed a 15 minute scene from the same play. The Year 13’s production differed in that their scene was performed in both English and Tongan. The students translated sections of Shakespeare’s words with the support of Mr Siosiua Tu’uhoko Pole, the HOD of Maths. The bilingual approach was an extra challenge on top of learning Shakespeare’s language, selecting excerpts that felt appropriate to perform in Tongan, and especially for the students, ensuring that their Tongan was correct.
Other Auckland South and East schools included Baradene, Botany, Howick and Macleans.
Wesley College received three awards.
Sione Teutau was awarded the Auckland South and East SGCNZ Best Actor award. This award gives him direct entry to the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production. 46 Students chosen from around the country spend one week in Wellington participating in workshops with high calibre tutors, and then rehearsing for a Shakespeare play which is performed to the public. From the 46 students, 24 are selected for the SGCNZ young Shakespeare Company. The company travels to London where they participate in workshops and perform a scene in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
We are extremely proud of our student’s work, especially as this was produced three weeks into term 2, post lock down. Students were practicing and rehearsing their lines while in lock down. We even held Zoom rehearsals!
We send our congratulations to the Teutau family for Sione’s special award and selection for the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production.
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Desiree Pole, Wesley College Dance and Drama.