Pupil sparkles on stage

2015-08-11 06:00
Mellisa Little from Rocklands High School in Mitchell’s Plain was judged the best performer at a recent festival of high school plays. Here she is with Peter Flower, The City’s director of water and sanitation (left) and Johan van der Merwe, the exec

Mellisa Little from Rocklands High School in Mitchell’s Plain was judged the best performer at a recent festival of high school plays. Here she is with Peter Flower, The City’s director of water and sanitation (left) and Johan van der Merwe, the exec

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Residents have the chance to see an award-winning local pupil repeat her stellar performance soon, this time on home ground.

Melissa Little from Rocklands High School in Mitchell’s Plain recently shined in her school’s play at a city-wide drama festival. The play will be performed again, at the school on 22 August.

Little was awarded as the best performer of the Smart Living Drama Festival last weekend.

She played the character of Chief Azwi in Rocklands’ play Doom-Manzi. The play focused on life without amanzi (water).

The festival is one of the City of Cape Town’s youth development initiatives and showcased environmental plays created by various high schools in Cape Town.

Aloe High School, Islamia College and Spine Road High School in Mitchell’s Plain also participated in the festival, which was hosted at the Baxter by the City of Cape Town for the seventh time.

Own playsHigh school pupils from across the city created their own plays in response to the water conservation theme through a series of skills development workshops leading up to the official festival.

Thirteen plays were staged. All of the participating schools also performed in a group piece and there was a repeat of three showcase performances chosen from the thirteen plays.

“This programme challenges the youth to address the environmental issues that they face daily and to showcase these issues along with locally relevant solutions in the form of a play to their peers and communities,” says Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning.

“The theme for this year was water conservation, which is particularly pertinent with Cape Town being a water scarce area. It is therefore important that residents are continually reminded that it remains each and everyone’s responsibility to continue to preserve our most precious resource,” he says.

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The top six plays of the festival will be performed again at Rocklands High School on 22 August and at Chris Hani Arts and Culture High School in Khayelitsha on 5 September

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