Annual House Play Challenge

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Cavannah and Copenhagen

This one act play followed the story of a young girl named Imogen who leaves home after an intense fight with her negligent father. On her travels she encounters three individuals each of whom is disconnected from society in their own way. These characters are: Sam, a rebellious teenager who is constantly in and out of foster care; Junior, an impoverished mother of three trying to keep up with the fast paced world around her; and Tom, an old man who has recently lost his wife of 30 years. Each of these characters helps Imogen to realise that by disconnecting herself from her problems with her father, she will not necessarily solve any of them. The play is resolved in the final scene when she comes to this conclusion and returns home.

Natalie Winter played the lead role of Imogen, Kirsten Hilario was Junior, Jenna Marinus played the orphan Sam, and Rebekah Nathan acted as Tom. The play was a success and the cast not only had fun being part of a team but were able to learn a lot.

Apsley and Silverlea

Facing high school and teenage troubles can be a challenge for everyone. Our play takes you on a journey of Robyn’s story: an average teenage tomboy who attempts to make radical decisions without considering the further consequences. Her diary was a safe-outlet for all of her secrets and thoughts. It was the one thing that was holding her life together and was now the reason it was falling apart.

In the beginning we see Robyn (Rachel-Anne Tosh) and her two best friends, Christian (Azraa Conrad) and Jessica (Tyra Findlay). Her friendship with them is safe and happy. After one break she encounters the most popular girl in school,  Erin(Rachel Lassen). She begins to climb the social ladder and sit with Erin and her two friends, Emily(Tamar Kendon) and Nicole (Kelsey Neethling) . She completely disconnects from her two best friends thinking that they would not notice her absence. Little did she know that her new life would be the worst times in her life.

During the first break sitting with her new friends, her diary is taken and all of her secrets are read aloud to the entire school. Inside contained all of her secrets and thoughts on both her old and new life. Erin, completely confused and angry, ends their friendship and leaves Robyn alone with her thoughts.

A happy ending is in sight though as when she walks onto stage alone. A girl comes and sits with her and they embark on a new journey, together.

This play was given the Best Directors Award and the houses were placed second overall.

Kirsten and Waterloo (The winning House Play)

The Asylum

This play revolves around five characters who all suffer from mental illnesses. They are all admitted into the same mental asylum, hence the title of the play.

The play demonstrates how they interact with one another and others around them. Owing to their mental conditions each character believes they are someone they are not. The following list shows the actresses of these patients/characters and the people they believe they are:

Hannah Fuller-                  Hitler (Won best supporting actress)

Jamie-lee Benjamin-      a doctor

Nadine Maneveld-          a witch

Unathi Matanjane-         a black person who believes she is white

Luttando Rani-                  a rock star

In one scene the characters are all sitting in a semi-circle with their doctor discussing how they are all doing. Most of them are believe that they are living entirely functional lives, but through some comments it is evident they have no contact with the outside world or even with their family (if they have). The patient who believes she is a doctor mentions that they are going to visit the train station. All of them offer reasons for this outing but the real doctor dismisses their ‘unrealistic’ thoughts.

That night, the characters have a classical escape. They end up in a train station and are fascinated by the outside world. After a comical brawl between a street sweeper and the witch, the doctor finds them.

They were all waiting for someone but reality was that no one was coming for them.

Even though our play was a comedic development of characters, it had a dark theme throughout and to some extent a metaphor. The ringleader was an abstract character intended to be representative of Life. The glowers, the ringleader’s minions/people, were essentially the problems that ‘life’ presents us with. These glowers deliberately came from the audience to try and plant the idea that these “problems” came from us and our society.

Directors: Sara Bell and Jordan King

Constantia and Wellesley

The Constantia/Wellesley house play followed the theme of ‘disconnect’ in a simple and familiar way as it opened with the protagonist, Aurora, falling asleep in her English class. After that she finds herself lost in an impossible dreamscape which she explores in order to find a way to wake up. On the way, she meets a variety of different characters who have somehow found themselves with her in her mind.

Aurora, who had fallen asleep while her teacher was talking about Romeo and Juliet, woke up in the ballroom where Shakespeare’s characters first meet. However, at this point she doesn’t know that she is dreaming and is extremely confused when she sees a ballroom dance take place. This beautiful dance scene was choreographed by the many talented dancers from Wellesley and Constantia. After the dance has taken place, Aurora manages to sneak away and ends up in a forest where the remainder of the play takes place. She meets Katniss and Finnick from ‘The Hunger Games’, a group of Jamaican talking trees who are far too ‘punny’, and even Augustus Waters from the book, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’!

On her travels she can’t even “beleaf” her eyes as she meets characters from all her favourite books.  After discovering that she is indeed dreaming she is directed to Fairy-G, a sassy fairy godmother with a taste for fashion and a short temper. Aurora insults Fairy-G by refusing a makeover and is abandoned in the forest, left to find a way to wake up on her own. After some wandering around, Aurora encounters Gandalf the wizard, who greets her with his famous line, “You shall not pass!” She gets mad because she loathes Gandalf as a character, but is interrupted mid-rant when another character whom she mistakes to be another Gandalf appears. This new character actually turns out to be a sassy version of Dumbledore, who absolutely hates to be confused with Gandalf.

Aurora then runs into, or is run into by a man in a bow tie and fez who calls himself the Doctor. He is being chased by a “robotic creature with a plunger and an egg whisk” also known as a Dalek from the popular television show, ‘Doctor Who’. Once in safety, the Doctor offers to accompany Aurora until she wakes up, and together they meet Elsa from the Disney movie ‘Frozen’ and come across a sword in a stone. The sword in the stone (just in case you didn’t get that reference), the Doctor finds that he is unable to remove it but Aurora lifts it out with ease. As she raises it with a great “Hazaa!” Aurora is woken up by her teacher.

Her teacher ignores the fact that one of her students fell asleep in her class, and continues speaking about Shakespeare when Aurora interrupts her with a speech about how he is not as great a writer as everyone makes him out to be.

It is pretty obvious that this was a play written specifically for high school learners as it was, quite literally, riddled with references to popular young adult fiction. It was well received and we are really proud of what we have accomplished with this play. On the day our play was performed, we were both relieved that the end was near (and that there would be no more late afternoon rehearsals) as well as excited that all of our hard work was finally coming to fruition. We are extremely proud of our talented actresses and received the award for Best Storyline as well as Best Costumes. This has been an experience of a lifetime and we are extremely thankful to have been able to write something for the stage for the entire school to see. A special thank you to our fantastic cast who were all absolutely delightful to work with!

Directors: Emily Kate Danielz and Stefanie Simon