Sunday, May 9

Students stage stellar shows at a drama competition

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A city-based NGO organised their inter-house drama competition on Friday evening at a Park Circus school auditorium. The guest of honour for the competition was danseuse Priti Patel and the judges were Barun Chanda, Anjana Saha, principal of a city-based school in Park Circus, and actor Soumyajit Majumdar. The theme for this year’s drama competition was Revisiting Fairy or Folk Tales. Four houses — Tiger, Elephant, Cobra and Panther — competed against each other. All the plays were about 30 minutes long. Tiger house staged Another Cinderella, Panther house enacted Aladdin and Magic Formula, Elephant house staged Snow White and the Un(Fair) Cream and Cobra house enacted the play Anil Baba and the Ponzi Scheme.

From writing the scripts and direction to lights, props and costumes — every aspect was looked into by the students themselves with guidance from the teachers of the NGO, along with filmmaker Amlan Chowdhury, who is closely associated with the NGO. Priti Patel, at the end of the four productions, said, “I loved all the four plays. There’s so much creativity in the children and it was evident from the dramas they staged. They did everything by themselves, which is a commendable effort.”

There were four prizes given out after the competition was over. The play Snow White and the Un(Fair) Cream by the Elephant house won the best script award. The best actor female went to Taniya Khatoon from the Cobra house, who was part of the play, Anil Baba and the Ponzi Scheme. The best actor male was won by Rahul Chakraborty, who acted in the play, Another Cinderella. The Katie Baddeley Trophy 2019 for the best house was won by Panther house for the play, Aladdin and Magic Formula.

Soumyajit, who was one of the judges, said, “Theatre is an effective tool for the holistic development of a child. It was fascinating to see the kids commenting on the times they are living in through their plays. It allows contemporising the themes of fairy tales with a twist.”


Source: Times of India

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