“All the world’s a stage, all men and women merely players… they have their exits and their entrances…” thus an extract from the famous Shakespearean play ‘As you like it’
To be entertained as much as you like it; Devians came up on stagewith the play ‘As you like it.’ So on Devi drama crew, presenting ‘As you like it’ the play by William Shakespeare, won the 1st Runners up award at the Shakespeare drama competitions, organized by the Young Men’s Christian Association, Colombo; along with the Rotary Club, Colombo. The audience gathered at the Bishops College auditorium on the 30th of Septemberfor a theatrical extravaganza. Devians could give the audience a magical evening along with songs dances and jaw dropping performances within their play.
They were qualified from semifinals which was held at the Lionel Wendt theatre on the 19th of September. Amidst 12 talented young performing crews, only four schools were selected for the final round.
With this victory Devians could complete a hat trick of winning the award at the finals for the third consecutive year. They had performed ‘Comedy of Errors’ in 2014 which won the 1st Runner up award, ‘Taming of the shrew’ in 2015 being the 3rd Runner up, along with ‘As you like it’ in 2016.
The performances of Rosalind and Phebe were specially appreciated by the panel of Judges. How they acted out the love triangle, how Orlando expresses his love to Rosalind, how Phebefalls in love with Ganymede, whom Rosalind acting as a boy in the forest of Arden, how Hymen the god marks the conclusion were attractive. As the play was a comedy, the audience could not bear their laughs which burst out, before the performances of the talented youngsters. The school was highly commended by the judges for making a brave choice in such a competitive contest.
Devindi Galappaththy playing the main role Rosalind got selected as the best actress and Nithara Haputhanthri playing Phebe got nominated for the best supporting actress. Simultaneously the drama got nominated for the best stage craft award.
They achieved this victory under the Direction of Mr. VishanGunawardena. The ever supervision of their Madam Principal Mrs. W.D.P.K. Samarasingheand the guidance of their teacher in-charge Mrs. Induwanthi Lewkebandara made them more stronger.
The crew’s special thanks go to HasniGunarathne and Ms. Lakalya de Silvabeing the past members of the drama crew for helping them with music. They grant their heartiest thankfulness to the whole backstage crew including the drama crew of DS Senanayake College for always being with them and working as one unit. Their gratitude is towards their parents for the immense support and tireless efforts throughout the practice sessions and for the blessings which took them so far.
Uvini Uththama Edirisinghe
A member of the cast,-“ As you like it”
Devi Balika Vidyalaya