Shakespeare Festival 2013

Once again, St. John's College Drama students showcased their talents and were recognised for their outstanding performances.

Congratulations to:

Eugene Koning   Matthew Staijen   Conor Gyde    Lochie Hynd
                     Caleb Coffey           Zacharie Leet-Guinan

These six senior students recently travelled to Wellington to perform at the National SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. This was the third time these students have won the Waikato Regional Festival, a huge effort and triumph for those involved. While in Wellington, students participated in workshops run by professional theatre performers and academics and met likeminded individuals from about 35 different schools from places such as Twizel, Invercargill, Kaitaia and the East Coast. 

Their performance of a 15min scene from “Merchant of Venice” received the acclaimed award for “Best connection with the audience”. The students were also recognised as the “Most Courteous and Cooperative School”, something we are proud of as a Marist school.

In addition to this and as a result from their performance during the weekend, Matthew Staijen and Lochie Hynd have both been selected to attend SGCNZ NSSP (Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, National Shakespeare Schools Production), a weeklong camp held in October along with 46 other students from across NZ. This is a massive achievement and they should both feel very proud of their accomplishments. 

They follow in the footsteps of Calvin Petersen, Michael Burrows, Oliver Barrett and Zacharie Leet-Guinan (current and old boys of the school) who have all attended this camp and then been selected in the 24 strong SGCNZ Youth Shakespeare Company which travels to London and studies at The Globe Theatre.

With this in mind, we also wish Zacharie Leet-Guinan warm wishes as he embarks on this said trip, heading to London as a member of the NZ SGCNZ Youth Shakespeare Company on Friday 12 July. He will spend two and a half weeks perfecting his craft at The Globe Theatre with his company members, an experience to create lifelong memories. 

Zacharie (pictured here in the singlet) performing the haka with other members of SGCN YSC

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