Sport For Jove Theatre Company’s first ever Shakespeare Carnival reaches its thrilling conclusion  with State Finals this Saturday 18 June at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.

Students from twelve schools have reached the exciting climax to the four-month bard fest.  Beginning in March, entrants from all over NSW participated in Shakespeare Carnivals within their own schools,  with the winners moving on to represent their school at the regional level against other schools.   The winners of those regional competitions are the finalists participating in this State Final.

The finalists are

  • Shakespeare icon MEDIUMSt Mary’s Star of the Sea College (Wollongong),
  • Sydney Girls’ High, Tara Anglican School (North Parramatta),
  • OLMC Parramatta,
  • Wollongong High School of Performing Arts,
  • Abbotsleigh College (Wahroonga),
  • Korowal School (Blue Mountains),
  • International Grammar School (Ultimo),
  • PLC Sydney (Croydon),
  • The Armidale School,
  • Willoughby Girls’ High and
  • Newtown High School of Performing Arts.

Each will compete in actively creating their own theatrical worlds by either designing sets and costumes, composing music,  choreographing dances and acting scenes that are inspired by and celebrate the work of William Shakespeare.

Christopher Tomkinson MEDIUMBased on the Globe Centre Australia Shakespeare Festival that ran for 20 years starting in the 1990s,  Shakespeare Carnival Director Christopher Tomkinson says the Shakespeare Carnival provides a fantastic opportunity  for students to explore, create and be inspired by the art of theatre-making.

“Students challenge themselves, learn new ideas, gain confidence and social skills,  and improve literacy as they bring Shakespeare’s inspiring characters to life.”

The finalists will spend an exciting and immersive workshop day from 10am to 4pm developing their knowledge of Shakespeare  and theatre skills while working alongside trained professional theatre makers from Sport For Jove.

Then, from 7.30pm, they will compete to “Win the Crown!” in a final gala performance in the Seymour Centre’s elegant York Theatre.

The final is open to the public with all tickets just $20; bookings through the Seymour box office online at www.seymourcentre.com or call 9351 7940. Booking fees apply.  More details at www.sportforjove.com.au