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Dramatic Arts

 

MASTER IN CHARGE:
Ms Gabriella Sutherland
(gsutherland@jeppeboys.co.za)

ASSISTANT TEACHER:
Ms Bronwyn Kemp
(bkemp@jeppeboys.co.za)

Jeppe`s Dramatic Arts Society is an integral part of the Jeppe High School for Boys extra-mural programme. After Jeppe’s successful and popular production of Robin Hood in 2016, new potential actors flocked in to join the society with the hope of being part of the next exciting production. The Dramatic Arts Society continues to develop quality actors and entertaining and captivating plays, many of the plays being the original work of some of our society members.

The Drama Department is committed to producing mature, highly-skilled, independent and creative theatre, and young actors who are capable of creating, refining and managing their own work while helping their fellow actors to mature alongside them. The close-knit, nurturing, and supportive environment which has been established between the boys and the staff is central to our success in achieving these goals.

The Drama Department has grown exponentially over the past 5 years and has achieved much success throughout these years. Among these successes are the previously mentioned favourite Robin Hood and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Last year, Jeppe was invited to perform in the finals of the GRADS (Gauteng Regional Amatuer Dramatic Arts) Festival, where we walked away with no less than seven nominations and three trophies, including the awards for Overall Best Actor and Best Original Script.

The Dramatic Arts Society looks forward to continued success, and the opportunity to work with new actors and create new and exciting productions to further grow the society’s reputation at Jeppe.

RESULTS

GAUTENG REGIONAL AMATEUR DRAMATICS SOCIETY (GRADS)
1ST ROUND HOSTED BY TRINITY HOUSE
Saturday 06 May 2017
Award School Name of Play/Actor
Best Play – 1st Place Greenside High School Every year, every day, I am walking
Best Play – 2nd Place Sutherland High School Freak
Best Play – 3rd Place Trinity House School Lockdown
Best Play – 4th Place Jeppe High School for Boys Jump
Best Play – 5th Place Benoni High School The waiting room
Best Actor Jeppe High School for Boys David Newton
Best Original Script Jeppe High School for Boys Ryan Naamdhew

The Jeppe drama society have been participating in the Gauteng Regional Amateur Dramatics Society (GRADS) festival which started on the 4th May 2017. Each week 12 schools participate at a school, performing original or set plays.

 

The first leg was held at Trinity House. Jeppe performed an original piece written By Ryan Naamdhew (grade 12) which was nominated for best script and best director. David Newton was nominated for best actor and Rogerio Domingues for Best supporting actor.

 

At the end of the leg, winners are announced. David Newton won best actor and Ryan Naamdhew won best original script.

 

Leg two was held at Edenvale high school. The support received by Jeppe boys was incredible and the appearance of Mr Dale Jackson on the night was a humbling surprise for us.

Ryan Naamdhew got a standing ovation for his script as well as a nomination and David Newton was nominated for best actor. Rogerio Domingues received a merit for best supporting actor. At the awards at the end of the leg Ryan Naamdhew again won with the award for best original script.

 

The Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts (FEDA) is the most prestigious school festival in SA and takes place at Joburg theatre.

 

Jeppe was the first Government school to take part in this festival and what a thrilling experience it was. Our AV crew were blown away by the high tech equipment available and the actors refused to get off the perfect stage.

The change rooms took everyone’s breath away. Professionals in the industry did workshops with the boys so that when it was their performance time- they shone.

 

The adjudication was extremely positive and complimentary and we are waiting for the results.

 

The third leg of the GRADS series takes place at Waterstone College on Tuesday.