-Andre Fernandes – Std VIII
(This article was published in Times NIE, 26th March 2018)
The English department took to the performing arts and explored drama as they staged the inter house one act plays .
The Green house with their topical intent, got enmeshed in the bleak world of social media, as they reflected on the queer online life of the young. The not so cool aspects of Facebook and Instagram were portrayed emphatically, with some stellar acting. The message, ’life is a precious gift divine, not meant to be wasted online,’ resonated. Nihal Bhatia, who personified FB, walked away with the best actor award. He cautioned, “Children should be judicious about what they do on social media and the time spent on it.”
The Red house played war, as they transported the audience to ancient Greece and captured ‘hysterical moments of the Trojan war’. They donned period costumes and used props, ingeniously designed. The students witnessed the signature choir of the Greek plays, that narrated the story in songs. They got to know about interactive theatre, as they joined in the war cries. Prince Parmar, who played Helen, received the best actor award in a female role. He gushed, “Playing the role of a girl is challenging. An actor must be comfortable in any role and do justice.”
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. The Yellow house drove home the message in their play, ‘It is a beautiful life. The Blue house dramatized Beauty and the Beast with a modern twist. Appropriate costumes and sets designed by students were the endearing elements of the play. Stagecraft was one of the quiet winners of the day, besides love of theatre.