Speech and drama champions honoured

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The annual Speech and Drama Festival, which ran from June 14, ended with a glorious concert at the Harare International School on Saturday, during which 16 honours grade awards were presented to the outstanding performers.
“This concert was aimed at displaying a selection of some of the best works presented during the two week-long festival,” said a member of the organising committee, Kathy Norman.
The winners included Masaisai Primary School who won the Sarah Jane Munn Trophy for the most creative group category, Midlands Christian School Grade 6 pupils who scooped the award for the best performance in choral speaking and the Dominican Convent which walked away with the Deloitte & Touche Choral Speaking Cup.
Winners in the duo and individual performances category were Chloe Cattin and Musa Saruro who won the NIAA Duologue Cup for the best duologue and talented twins, Ashni and Priyanka Shah, who won the Ane Levey Cup for the Best Junior performance.
“We also introduced a new category during the festival which we titled Original Writing thus we introduced a new cup for the best original item which was scooped by Alexandra Ncube and Ruvimbo Chidziva from Arundel School,” said Norman.
Ncube and Chidziva were given an opportunity to showcase their talent to the guests through their outstanding original duologue titled Captain Chakanyuka and Co-pilot Billy which left the audience in stitches.
Invited guests and parents were spellbound by outstanding performances from the school children who won awards.
“We also accept performances from adults who are out of school and we hope that at the next event in 2011 they will join in their numbers,” Norman said.
The festival, which ran for over two weeks, attracted 1 400 candidates from 57 schools.