BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO
ROMAN Catholic school, Hagel House, registered its third successive win as it defended its title in the Mashonaland East Buddyz for Luv Drama Competition (High Schools category) in Marondera last week, while St Vincent Nora Primary School topped in the primary schools’ category.
Hagel House’s drama club outshone their competitors as they mastered most theatre techniques, including voice projection by actors, characterisation, costumes and arrangement of properties on stage.
The winning club’s outgoing president, Rufaro Marange, told NewsDay Life & Style that although they had won consecutively since 2017, newcomers Takura High School and United Success Academy posed a serious challenge.
“Winning this time around wasn’t an obvious thing. We were afraid of competition because this year we were joined by new schools, Takura High School and United Success Academy. We even quarrelled in the morning as we were preparing for this. We were, however, praying for victory and we worked hard for it,” she said.
The annual event, organised by Patsimeredu Edutainment Trust, also saw High Schools Outstanding Actor and Actress MacMillan Tutani from Eagle Turn Secondary School and Hagel House’s Millicent White, respectively, walking away with a uniform voucher and US$30 each courtesy of Enbee.
The Primary Schools Outstanding Actor and Actress, Tinashe Chizenga and Nokutenda Majuru, respectively, won a uniform voucher and US$20 each courtesy of Enbee.
Tutani said being recognised as the best actor inspired him to take acting seriously.
Patsime director, Jasen Mphepo, encouraged teachers to give students the freedom to create stories on their own as a way of developing their skills.
“I was excited by the presentations. There was a drama I expected to win, but I later felt that it was scripted by a teacher because of how good it was. The judges might have realised that and made a right decision. I am not saying teachers should not assist but students should actively participate from the start. We should allow them to express their creativity,” he said.
The plays tackled cases of abuse of children mostly sexual, HIV and Aids issues among others and the judges were University of Zimbabwe’s theatre arts lecturers Patience Manzira-Maforo and Nobert Makoche.
Patsime also took time to award winners for the Buddyz for Luv Essay Writing Competition, who included Leonard Chiwina from Cyprians Primary School.