Thursday, May 21, 2015

Students "Tamed the Shrew"

This year's County Shakespeare Festival was held May 6-7, 2015 at Immaculata University's Alumni Hall, and a group of passionate students from OJRHS participated under the direction of Mrs. Dawn Galambos.

The thespians of Owen J. Roberts returned victorious from their day of performances! Mrs. Galambos reported, "We have great reason to be proud of our students, as they conducted themselves so professionally during the day’s festivities, performing flawlessly and enthusiastically but also cheering on and encouraging the students of surrounding schools in the county." 

According to the CCIU website, "The Chester County Shakespeare Festival, now in its 27th year, is both an educational and entertaining event that brings together nearly 300 talented students from Chester County elementary, middle and high schools. Each school is given 25 minutes to perform and adapt a Shakespearean production, provided it stays within the main theme of the original play.
The study of Shakespeare in Chester County's classrooms is an integral part of the language arts curricula. Annually, the Chester County Shakespeare Festival gives students an avenue to share their Shakespearean passion and to perform before an appreciative audience.
In addition to the student performances, the audience is entertained by a "Master and Mistress of Revelry." Throughout the day, these professional actors present facts about Shakespeare, his works and life in Elizabethan England.
Although a festival and not a competition, individual and group awards are presented to students and their schools to recognize outstanding performances and special contributions to the stage.
The goal of the festival is to cultivate a love of Shakespeare and theater in our students and to enrich the language arts curricula of our schools."

OJR students came home with both individual as well as ensemble awards, and they are as follows:

*For Outstanding Performance (trio):  Maddie Aicher, Claire Dawkins, and Donald Morris as Katherine, Bianca, and Baptista/Petruchio respectively from The Taming of the Shrew

*The “Can You Hear Me Now?” Award for his convincing role as mad Hamlet:  Jack Mannix

*The “Tom Hanks” Award for his command of the stage as Polonius:  Ryan Davis

*The “Get Thee to the Globe Award for Most Amazing Performance”:  Company

*The Award for Outstanding Narration for Natalie Bartlett & Lindsey Cathcart (Shrew); Victoria Rivkin & Gillian Caplan (Macbeth); Carly Arthurs & Max Gallagher (Hamlet); Sargam Kharbanda & Sarah Hampton (Othello); Leilani Boyle & Claire Hampton (closing), penned by Kenzie Briglia

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