From: Darrel Ludowyke <email@example.com>
To: Ashan Stanislaus <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Ashan Stanislaus <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, October 1, 2018, 10:06:04 AM PDT
Subject: BENEDICTINES FIRST RUNNERS UP IN THE ALL ISLAND INTER SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE DRAMA COMPETITION
The young Benedictine dramatists came up with an exhilarating performance on the Bishop’s College stage on Saturday, 29th September 2018, to be adjudged by a high level panel of judges headed by the well known educationist and teacher of English language and literature Ms. Jill Mcdonald, as the first runners up in the hotly contested and most prestigious English Drama Competition, the All Island Inter School Shakespeare Deama Competition organised annually by the Rotarians and the YMCA.
The entire competition with dramatists from all leading schools in Colombo and other mail towns, doing their utmost to bring honour and glory to their respective Alma Maters. The Benedictines were awarded the E.C.B. Wijayesinghe Memorial Trophy donated by family members of probably Sri Lanka’s Best Thespian of all time, Mr. E.C.B. Wijayesinghe well known for his roles in ‘Well Mudaliar’, ‘He came from Jaffna’ etc. Mr. Wijayesinghe is also a distinguished alumni of St. Benedict’s College, the School he loved dearly.
Master Dimithri Jayawardana, who played the title role in Henry VI, was selected as the Best Actor of the entire competition, much to the delight and joy to his fellow dramatists, the coach, master in charge and all Benedictines and others in the audience. Dimithri is the son of Rumal Jayawardana, the 1994 cricket captain of SBC. Dimithri’s younger brother Denith acting as Henry VI’s son, brought tears to the audience with his heartrending performance. SBC Head Prefect Shemal Benedict played the role of Queen Margaret brilliantly and was also the stage co-ordinator. The entire cast of 22 boys and 10 support staff played their roles to perfection, earning much admiration from the audience.
It was an incredible achievement by the young Benedictines, who worked hard and tirelessly for months without even the basis facility of a stage to practice. Benedictines are privileged to have the one and only Jerome De Silva, probably Sri Lanka’s best drama coach training them. All this would have been impossible, if not for the dedication, commitment, love for his charges and his totally loyalty to SBC. Mr. Titus Withanage, who revived English Drama at SBC in the mid 2000’s and brought SBC at least on three previous occasions within the first three in this prestigious competition. The boys were actively supported backstage and in the audience by the College Prefects, Choristers, Past Dramatists, Parents and enthusiastic Old Benedictines.
it was a quiet a heartwarming sight to see all young Benedictines enjoying this happy moment, hugging and kissing each other and shouting for joy, showing how important it is to encourage and support young children to actively engage in team activities, which bonds them into lasting friendships and loyalty towards each other and the school that gave them these opportunities. It was heard, the master in charge Mr. Withanage telling the boys, that he is the happiest teacher at SBC today, for making it possible to bring so much joy and happiness to the children and glory to the school. Well Done Mr. Withanage.
We are sure you are an inspiration to your colleagues in the staff and hopelessly they will lift themselves up and emulate you in the days and years to come.
The above was compiled by Mr. Felix Dias