From: Darrel Ludowyke
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 7:58 AM
Subject: St. Benedict’s College Adjudged 1St Runner-up at Shakespeare Drama Competition finals 2014
History was created at St. Benedict’s College as they were adjudged 1st Runner-up in the boy’s category and also winning the Challenge Cup for Best Actor award at the Shakespeare Drama Competition held last Saturday (20th September) at the Bishops College Auditorium.
Performing an extract from “Richard the III”, St. Benedict’s College was adjudged 1st Runner-up at the prestigious 41st Inter School Shakespeare Drama Competition finals, which was organised by the Rotary Club of Colombo North and the Central Y.M.C.A. Colombo.
Sharlon Benedict, who is also the Head Prefect of St. Benedict’s College , was adjudged the Best Actor All-Island for his commendable portrayal of King Richard, which was also an unique and first such achievement by a Benedictine. “We do not usually say this but we feel this should be said. The best actor award goes unanimous. In fact we would have given it to him as soon as he finished. It was an outstanding performance. For us it was the performance of the competition. As soon as he finished the three of us said that he is going to take some beating, but he didn’t. It was very difficult to beat him. It was a unanimous decision”, were the comments made by the judges prior to announcing the winner of the best actor award. The significance of this award was that it was presented in memory of an Old Benedictine E.C.B. Wijeyesinghe by the family members of Late Mr. Wijeyesinghe.
The competition which has been held for the past 41 years attracted many leading schools that competed in a preliminary round and semifinal. St. Benedict’s College, who won 2nd and 3rd Runners-up in 2012 and 2011 respectively, can be really proud of their achievement this year too as their cast and crew did a splendid job with an impressive performance which should have achieved them the Championship, observing from the views and gestures made by the audience soon after the results were announced.
An unfortunate incident occurred where the Bishop’s College ground adjoining the auditorium had been hired out for a musical event which took place concurrently to the Shakespeare Drama Competition, which was disturbing the cast, and the Benedictines who were the last to perform were the worst affected, as senior members of the College Choir, some of whom were also a part of the cast, provided live background singing, unlike the other schools who used recorded tracks. This unfortunate incident was highlighted by the judges during their comments just prior to announcing the results.
Ananda College won the competition whiles Marie Stella College, Negombo and D. S. Senanayake College won 2nd and 3rd Runners-up respectively.
Our appreciation to Rev. Bro. Director for his leadership and guidance, the very untiring efforts of Mr. Jerome De Silva – Trainer, Master-in-charge Mr. Titus Withanage for their persistence in taking the College English Drama Club forward, commitment and enthusiasm shown by the students of the drama club and the encouragement given by the Parents are much-admired.