THERE was plenty of buzz at the Rainey Endowed School on Wednesday 16 November as pupils from all year groups throughout the school anticipated treading the boards in the school’s Drama Festival. Nearly 70 pupils were involved in the extravaganza which showcased the dramatic talents of the pupils, not only on the stage, but also as Directors, Set Designers and Costume Designers.
There were two sections to the evening with the audience firstly being entertained by a series of duologues from well known plays such as ‘Monster Garden’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’. Saoirse Rafferty stood out as the most accomplished performer in the Duologue section with her portrayal of the notorious ‘Blousey’ from ‘Bugsy Malone’. Both Saoirse and Laura Stewart incorporated dance and song to produce an imaginative interpretation of the duologue. Congratulations go to Caoimhe Nic An Fhirleighinn and Ella McCann on an outstanding performance of ‘Monster Garden’.
The imaginative incorporation of accents and sound effects and Ella’s unexpected entrance on a scooter through the audience gave some light relief to the evening.
The short script section continued to impress the audience with extracts from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
Directed by pupils in Forms 4-U6th, pupils brought some fresh interpretations to these well renowned stories. One of the highlights of the evening was Megan Henson’s performance as ‘Mrs Gloop’ mother of ‘Augustus’. She expertly maintained her accent throughout, even when interviewed by Mr Charlie Simpson, the Compere for the evening. The Judges, Mrs Alanna Hughes, Head of Drama at St PiusX School in Magherafelt, and Rebecca Leonard, Assistant Director and Choreographer of ‘Fusion Theatre’, were most impressed by her performance and indeed of all the performers who had worked independently and tirelessly to produce such outstanding performances.
Another highlight to the evening was the introduction of live text voting whereby the audience could text for their favourite performance of the evening and watch their vote being registered on the screen. A first for the Rainey!
Congratulations to all the prize winners and also to all the participants. Prizes were awarded to the following:
BEST ACTRESS: Saoirse Rafferty
BEST ACTOR: MarK Henry
BEST DIRECTORS: Caoimhe Roddy/Shannon Woulahan
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Megan Henson
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Nathan Smith
BEST GROUP PERFORMANCE: Amy Parke (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Daniel Rainey, Jessica Wise, Pollyanne Fullerton Burgay, Sarah Sloss, Mark Slane, Megan Henson
BEST DUOLOGUE PERFORMANCE: Caoimhe Nic Kan Fhirleighinn (Monster Garden), Ella McCann
RUNNER UP – BEST GROUP PERFORMANCE: Claudia Young (Alice in Wonderland), Nathan Smith, Mark Henry, Jamie Brown, Tamsin Porter, Richila Chamling
RUNNER UP – BEST DUOLOGUE PERFORMANCE: Saoirse Rafferty (Bugsy Malone), Laura Stewart
ACTOR WITH MOST POTENTIAL: Mark Slane
ACTRESS WITH MOST POTENTIAL: Caoimhe Nic An Fhirleighinn
COMMENDATIONS FOR DRAMATIC TALENT: Shantia Morgan, Ella McCann, Rachel Curry
BEST COSTUME: Roisin Heaney (Alice in Wonderland)
BEST SET DESIGN: Larissa Young (Alice in Wonderland)
ADJUDICATOR’S DISCRETIONARY AWARD: Danielle McElhone (Director: Alice in Wonderland), Ciaran Quinn (Director: Alice in Wonderland), Emily O’Hare (Director: Bugsy Malone)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Edele Mallon, Kate McGowan, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cast