Shakespeare on Shakespeare

By Viv Logie

To be or not to be ... Greymouth High School students Timmi Aplin-Barrett, left, and Meg Mann rehearse a scene from Hamlet, for the regional Shakespearean Festival to be held on April 1, at the Greymouth school, appropriately located on Shakespeare Street. It will be the first time the 22-year-old festival has been held on the West Coast. Four student thespians from Greymouth High will be among over 5000 from around New Zealand taking part in the celebration of 450 years of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Globe Centre’s 2014 Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. The only other time Greymouth High has entered the festival the local team won their section. English teacher Sandra Quick is excited that Greymouth has been chosen to host the regionals. Teams can enter two categories — a 15-minute teacher-directed scene from a Shakespearean play, and a five-minute student-directed scene. One student-directed and one adult-directed scene from each region will be
selected to be performed at the National Festival, in Wellington at Queen’s Birthday weekend.