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Mid-Somerset Success

3 days, 29 entries, 14 placings and 7 trophies!

For three days in March, many of our Speech & Drama pupils were rushing around Bath City Centre competing at the prestigious Mid Somerset Festival.  Having been held annually for 115 years, The Mid Somerset is one of the oldest and largest festivals in the country with incredibly high standards.

With some of our younger pupils having a lovely time in Barcelona that week, the Stonar entries were a little down this year but those who were able to attend more than made up for this, making it a record year for Stonar.  Of 29 entries in a variety of disciplines including Acting, Verse and Public Speaking, 14 were placed in the top three and we came home with a total of 7 trophies. 
Our youngest entrants were Hattie Bennett and Rose Goddard from  Year 2.  Hattie took 2nd place in verse speaking for 6 – 6½ year olds, while Rose not only won verse speaking for 7 – 7½ year olds but went on to be awarded The Browne Challenge Cup for being the highest overall winner of three classes.  As if this wasn't enough, she was then invited to perform her poem at the special Awards evening which was held in the beautiful Banqueting Room of The Guildhall in Bath on Thursday evening. 

Flying the flag for Year 6 was Pollyanna Horton who showed off a wide variety of skills with confident performances in both the verse speaking and solo acting classes for 11 year olds. Charlotte Maddox and Jemima Horton from Year 4 tried their hand at Duologue Acting for the first time this year and gained a strong merit mark with an entertaining performance as Dorothy and the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, complete with a convincing American accent from Jemima.

In the senior school,  Aurelia Harris Johnstone entered 6 different classes.  This is an incredible amount of work and she was rewarded with a 3rd place, two 2nd places and a 1st for Public Speaking in the 12–14 age group.  Another 1st place went to 13 year old Anna Watson for verse speaking while sixth former Alice Sheppard came 2nd and 3rd respectively in solo Shakespeare and solo acting for 16 year olds.

Olivia Anniss was placed 2nd for her comic performance in solo acting for 17 & 18 year olds.  She then went on to win the Sylvia Atkinson Memorial Salver for a powerful performance as Lady Anne in Shakespeare's Richard III. Olivia was also invited to perform Lady Anne at the Awards evening at the Guildhall where she was presented with the Celia Powell Memorial Cup for being the highest winner in the Shakespeare classes.

 Amongst all this success, a special mention must go to Chloe Bowen and Freya Knight from Year 11 who entered two duologue acting classes and won both.  They were awarded the Westonbirt School cups for duologue Shakespeare and the McDowell cups for under 17 duologue acting.  This was made particularly special by the fact that Sandra McDowell was there in person to present her cups and chat to the girls.  Where did Sandra go to school?  Stonar, of course!  It was a touching moment in a very exciting week.



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