‘All the world’s a stage and men and women are merely players ’, is the mantra that keeps the Stella Players going. Recently evam collaborated with Stella Maris College to bring back the inter-collegiate theatre festival, Theatricals 2016, with a bang. We kicked off the Fest by reaching out to all colleges in hopes of finding the perfect scripts by the best Wordsmiths in the State.
Once Theatricals was announced, there was a tremendous response of Diverse Scripts, which were initially shortlisted for the Semi-finals. The shortlisted contestants showcased their play along with the teaser and a poster and the Judges selected the teams contesting for finals.The finals was held on the 9th of October at Alliance Française. The Stella Players put up a host performance as well. Theatricals was a platform for the young, budding artists to showcase their talent and passion for theatre.
The day of the finals was filled with a mix of emotions, nervousness, excitement and zeal. Right from the get-go the teams were pumped up, and kept their spirits alive till the final show at 7:30 pm. It truly goes to show the kind of commitment they have to theatre, to be at the venue from 7 am on a Sunday! We had a total of 7 judges coming to critique the performance. The plays collectively got a positive response from the audience and was received with great appreciation. The diversity of scripts really kept the audience engaged, from introspective to comedies to parodies! It was crucial that there be coordination between evam and The Stella Players so that the show went on without any hitches. In the end,show day went on smoothly, with everything running like a well oiled machine.
This was a great opportunity for us as students to learn about the know hows of how to run a live show and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. From ticketing, marketing, to running the show day, managing the team, helping out in the backstage. everything was a learning platform for us. From us approaching evam, to convincing our college to host the event, to inviting over 30 colleges its all been a roller coaster ride and worth the effort.
“A character on stage is the product of a directors instructions, actor’s interpretation, costume designers creativity, script writers instinct, lighting crew’s talent and the make up artists soul. They are not born for the stage; they are created for it”
So thank you to all the participants and the volunteers for putting up such a great show and making Theatricals 2016 a success.
Hopefully the theatre fever catches on and it will be an event twice as big in the coming year!