Once again Kuranui College have outdone themselves by winning the five-minute student directed scene at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival with their production of Coriolanus.
This means they will represent Wairarapa at Nationals held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday weekend. “I’m so proud of them,” said Juanita McLellan, Head of Performing Arts. “Every student from the crew to the actors helped to make this an outstanding performance.” Nationals is also a chance for the students to immerse themselves in theatre by taking workshops by renowned actors and teachers, as well as supporting and watching other schools perform.
Year 13 student, A.J Southey, who performed in both the five-minute scene Coriolanus and the 15-minute scene Measure for Measure, also won the award for Best Delivery of Text from the Wairarapa Speech Communication Association. The adjudicator stated that A.J was good in the 15-minute scene, but it was in Coriolanus that his performance was reinforced.
“It’s pretty special,” A.J said, “because this is my last year doing Shakespeare at Kuranui. The whole competition was exciting, nerve-wracking and intense. I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m going to miss it when I leave.”
Kuranui also won a prestigious award for Support and Inclusion. This was given for a performance that included Alexandra Clarke, a student with Down Syndrome. Through the support and encouragement from students and staff she was able to perform in front of a large and appreciative crowd. “It was rather special,” explained Ms McLellan, “Shakespeare can be hard at the best of times, so for her to get up there in front of all those people was pretty remarkable.”
As always, Kuranui’s extended whānau gave their time and support to help make the night one to remember.