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Stonar Stars in Mid Somerset Festival

For our Speech & Drama students, March means one thing: The Mid Somerset Festival.

This is a highly competitive event with thousands of entries from schools all over Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset and beyond. For three days almost 30 of our students were rushing from venue to venue in Bath competing in one of the oldest and largest festivals in the country.

Our youngest competitor was 7 year old Charlotte Maddox who delighted her audience with an expressive performance of the poem Night Ride, while sixth former Sophie Drew gained a Distinction and 2nd place in the solo acting class for 17 & 18 year olds.

In total the school had 51 entries this year in a variety of disciplines and, of those, 23 were placed in the top 3. This is an incredible achievement for a school of our size in such a prestigious event. While we regularly compete in the acting and verse speaking classes, this year saw an increase in our entries for Memorised Prose and Mime and a couple of pupils competed very successfully in Public Speaking and Bible Reading.

With so many wonderful performances throughout the school, it is difficult to single any one out but particular praise must go to Aurelia Harris Johnstone. Not only did Aurelia enter six classes, an achievement in itself, she was placed 2nd in Memorised Prose with a high Distinction mark and won 1st place in three other classes: Public Speaking, Reading Aloud and Verse Speaking. As if this wasn't enough, she became the highest overall winner of a group of verse speaking classes and was awarded the Farnall Thurston Trophy.

It was an enjoyable three days for our Speech & Drama students and Mrs Ingledew would like to thank all the parents for their continued support of this event.

Stonar's full results can be seen here.

pdfStonar Mid Somerset Festival results



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