Finalists chosen for Artscape high school drama festival

Sixteen finalists have been chosen for the Artscape High School Drama Main Festival.

The festival aims to promote social cohesion, good citizenship and empowerment through the arts.

“The high school drama festival is aimed at giving learners a platform to create and present an original drama piece around the challenges they face in and around their communities on a professional stage, to a captive audience,” says Thokozile Ntshinga, Artscape advisor to the CEO: Transformational Projects.

“This experience broadens their horizons by experiencing the magic of live theatre, professional lighting and sound thereby enabling them to learn how essential these elements are to being a professional performer,” said Ms Ntshinga.

The 2018 High School Drama Festival was initiated and coordinated by Artscape’s School Liaison Unit with funding by the HCI Foundation.

The finalists will spend four action-packed days at the high school drama main festival where they will present their drama projects to a panel of adjudicators from Monday August 20 to Thursday August 23.

At the end of the competition, the winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Saturday August 25.

This year’s main festival will be adjudicated by Riaan Visman, Sticks Mdidimba, Ilne Fourie and Lesley Manim who will select the winners in the following categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Script, Best Director, Best Production, Best Innovative Technical and Adjudicators Award.

Tickets to the gala on Saturday August 25 cost R40 and are available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7839.