The first edition of KC High’s DRAMAFEST got off to a flying start yesterday at the Rani Seethai Hall. The event was conceptualized as a celebration for and of children and children’s theater.
The objective of this event was to foster love and appreciation for theatre amongst students and encourage young talents. The high point most certainly was 15 budding actors getting an opportunity to participate in a workshop conducted by eminent theatre director Feisal Alkazi!
It was heartening to see children capturing the theme “Significance of light around the world, through innovative and energetic acts. Current fixation of the new gen with social media was the central idea showcased by the girls from DAV Mogappair. Using only gestures, expression and movement, the mimed play staged by DAV girls packed quite a punch! They drew a parallel between ‘THEN’ AND ‘NOW’; encapsulating how the advent of technology has diluted our values. The mini act wherein the bride and groom can’t put their respective phones to rest even at their own wedding rituals drew much laughter from the audience.
The three young hosts of KC High, Nila, Vichar and Azzam, entertained the audience with short quizzes on Shakespeare’s works. What particularly stood out was the engagement of the students of the host school, right from registration to lighting, hospitality, photography, backstage support and moderating the event. Ankitha, a grade IX student and Rohan from grade VII were spotted capturing key moments through the lenses of their cameras. On the sides, Shriman a sixth grader was seen patiently writing out certificates in his impeccable handwriting.
The three judges, Shakila Arun, Torsten Kreissig, and Hemalatha Swaminathan shared their passion and excitement for this initiative, and even regaled the young actors in a space and movement routine at the end of the show.