The Wesley Girls Senior High School was adjudged the overall best in the 2018 Central Regional Student Drama Festival dubbed "STUDRAFEST 2018" organised by the Centre for National Culture in Cape Coast on Saturday.
They obtained 80 points to win the competition with a play entitled "Pot of Peace" written by Ms Michelle Kyerema, a student of the school. They were first in the best directed; best performed, best make up and best managed play categories.
The Mfantseman Girls School was second with 65 points in a drama captioned, “Crossed fate” written by Ms Linda Ackah Mensah, Ms Emmanuella Gyimah and Ms Christabel Offosua Abanga, followed by Adisadel College with “who killed Adobea”.
The best actress lead role category award went to Gloria Appiah of Eguafo Abrem Senior High School while the best actress supporting role category was taken by Master Gerald Nelson of the Adisadel College, who played a female role.
Master Sam Paul of the Ghana National College received the award for best actor supporting role category and Ms Anne Marie Provencal and Ms Lauren Amponsah, all of the Wesley Girls SHS took away the best actor lead role category respectively for their roles as males.
Master John Baidoo of the Eguafo Abrem SHS received the best playwright award for his story “Generational Curse”.
Each of the award winners received certificates and a cash prize donated by the sponsors of the event including, Becky Kay Restaurant, Global Host Project and Sepecs Graphics.Mrs Christina Carl Oparebea, Regional Director of the CNC explained that STUDRAFEST was instituted to explore and promote the artistic talents of students.
She said it was one of the surest ways to develop, preserve and promote the arts and culture of the country and indicated the commitment of the CNC to mobilise creative talents of the youth for the sustenance of the Ghanaian heritage.
She said STUDRAFEST reflected on the thematic areas of education and national development, nationalism and patriotism, political, religious and ethnic tolerance among others and advised the students to take advantage to develop their creative abilities for their personal career development and that of the society.
Mrs Oparebea indicated that the centre in partnership with the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) intended to work together to publish the plays of the various participating schools into one book in order to sustain the interest of students in the project.
Mr Reginald Myres Sackey, Lecturer at the Department of Music and Dance, University of Cape Coast (UCC) who chaired the event highly commended the students for the "impressive write-ups” and encouraged them to work hard towards their gaols and aspirations so far as performing art was concern.