GEORGE NEWS - Eight local schools took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa (SSFSA) last weekend at the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre.
The festival kicked off in April and May at the Artscape and Baxter Theatres in Cape Town. For its second leg in September, schools in the vicinity of Durban, George and Johannesburg had a chance to stage their version of a Shakespearean play.
Glenwood House College and Preparatory, Rundle College Preparatory, George and Thembalethu high schools, as well as four primary schools - Tyholorha, Delville Park, Heidedal and Holy Cross - performed their 30-minute abridged versions of several Shakespearean plays.
George Herald paid a visit last Friday evening when three schools performed.
Much fun was had listening to the learners' sharp quips on stage. George High had the audience in stitches with their performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Afrikaans, which they did with flair.
Tyholorha Primary had fun with their performance of The Taming of the Shrew and Glenwood House College gave their brilliant version of The Merchant Of Venice.
Regional coordinator, Heather Stead, said it was one of the best SSFSAs George has ever had.
"We had a variety of plays and languages - Afrikaans, English and Shakespearean English. The audience loved it and we had a lot of support from parents," said Stead.
The SSFSA is an education programme aimed at improving language and social skills through the performing arts. Since its inception in 2010, the festival has shown tremendous growth. It is the fourth year that learners from schools in George participate in the event.
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