Hermannsburg Happenings

2015-09-30 06:00
A transformed Nick Bottom and the fairy queen, Titania, rest while fairies attend to them.

A transformed Nick Bottom and the fairy queen, Titania, rest while fairies attend to them.

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AN expectant hush fell over the audience as the fog drifted down from the dimly-lit stage when the curtains opened for our school’s presentation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream - and the opening scene of MacBeth unexpectedly confronted them. Scenes from the Bard’s other famous plays popped up throughout the main story of the four lovers, as a disgruntled actress kept trying to get her own Shakespeare production recognised.

By adding narrations before each act, splitting up the longer speeches between more elves and fairies than Shakespeare ever dreamt of, yet keeping strictly to the original words of the plays, our director, Mrs Brigitte du Preez, gave almost every pupil, from the Kindergarten to Grade 12, a speaking role, with some solo slots for musicians thrown in for good measure, and the audiences loved it.

After three performances all reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Well done to the cast and crew who put this production together, and thank you to our community that once again proved the Hermannsburg spirit when the power went off just before the last performance and the loan of generators allowed the show to go on without any changes to the supper or to the lighting and sound during the play.

Thank you also to the Hermannsburg congregation for their generous support and provision of theatre lights.

Immediately following the amazing success of the school play, the HMB Golf Day was held in blazing sunshine on Friday and Saturday. Some 70 golfers sweated their way around the course at St Cathryn’s over the two days, assisted by our Grade 9 pupils acting as spotters and bag-pullers.

The mood was festive as rugby began on the big screen on Saturday evening, getting better as the match progressed.

In the end Liekie Steyn and Piet Nel took the trophy, followed by Inge Schwarz and Mike Harrison and Deon van Dyk and Liekie Steyn. John-Lloyd Rawstorne hit the longest drive (men) and Ronel Botha the longest drive on the 10th (ladies). Emmanuel Dlamini was nearest to the pin on 2/11 and Flip Botha on 9/18. Merwin Rabe was nearest to the pin for 2 on 12.

A big thank you goes to our generous sponsors, as well as to Piet and Cathy Nel and the staff of St Cathryn’s Golf Estate for a successful and enjoyable 19th HMB Golf Day.

On Friday, 18 September two adjudicators, Mrs Colleen Orton and Mrs Pam Paul from the Speech and Drama Association of South Africa, visited our school to adjudicate the 76 items that had been prepared for the occasion by Grade 1 to Grade 9 pupils.

The adjudicators were very complimentary about the high standard of work that was presented - 13 pupils were awarded an A+ and 29 more received an A for their outstanding work.

Well done to all who participated in the festival and did our school proud. A special thank you to Annette Bouwer and Yvonne Klingenberg who acted as adjudicators’ clerks for the day and hosted our visitors so graciously

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