10th March 2020 — Witham Hall pupils picked up an impressive number of awards at the recent Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts and Peterborough Drama Festival.
Pre-Prep took first prize in the Choral Speaking showcase with their performance of The River by Valerie Bloom at the Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts, held at the end of February. Witham continued their winning form the following day in the Drama competition, picking up a vast array of medals, trophies and places. The adjudicator commented on the ‘incredibly high standard' of performance and added that in many classes the standard had been so high it was almost impossible to choose a winner.
Special mentions from the festival organiser went to Nate Millikin who placed first in all three classes entered, Flora Woodfield with two first places and one second, Emma Wheeler with first place in both classes entered and Grace Madigan-Hughes with three first places, one second and in addition was awarded the Drama Festival Bursary Award Prize of £40 for overall achievement in a wide variety of disciplines. Festival Chairman, Julia Kerby, had written about the pride of introducing bursaries in this year’s programme.
A prosperous two days at the Peterborough Drama Festival followed at the beginning of March, as pupils entered classes in a wide variety of disciplines, including, Solo Acting, Duo Acting, Solo Mime, Duo Mime, Solo Improvisation, Shakespeare, Verse Speaking, Prose Reading, Sight Reading and Choral Speaking. Special mention went to Austin Waller, who won the trophy for prose reading and was awarded honours for his, “Lovely control, pace and energy, shared with skill and style”. The adjudicator went on to praise his, “flair and effective conversational style” when presenting the award. Emma Wheeler won the overall trophy for Shakespeare and, despite being the youngest in the class, was also awarded honours. Overall, Witham Hall were awarded and impressive ten trophies in total and 19 first places across the wide range of disciplines at the festival.
Head of Drama at Witham Hall, Amanda Wheeler, added, “Both festivals provided a wonderful opportunity for the children to perform their work in front of very appreciative audiences. The adjudicators were complimentary of the high standard and breadth of talent on display.”