BY CATHERINE SHIKOLI | BUSIA COUNTY
Friends School Kamusinga made a comeback to the national Drama Festivals to be held in Bungoma after their thrilling play convinced the adjudicators to send it to the national festival for the first time after more than a decade in the cold.
The play, The Hamlet, scripted by Fred Wanjala and produced by Alex Kariuki emerged the winner after edging out strong competition from Chavakali High School and Butere Girls respectively.
The Hammlet, which magnifies the role of the youths in moral upbringing in the society must have shocked many as it also edged out seasonal power house Kakamega School from the top three for the first time in more than twelve years.
Kolanya Girls came fourth with Kakamega School at a disappointing fifth.
In the Dramatized Traditional Dance Category, Bungoma High School muscled away with the top position as their dance Ehandsheki choreographed by Tolili Khisa, frustrated Kivaywa and Kakamega to the respective runners up positions with Chavakali and Shikunga closing the top five bracket.
However, it was Bungoma County that harvested huge fruits as Bungoma High School and Musikoma Secondary claimed two other top spots in the Choral and Solo-verse categories respectively.
Lugulu Girls overcame Butula Boys and Sikhendu to win the Spoken Word category as St. Clares Girls Maragoli lifted the Narrative trophy.
Friends School Chesamisi, who were making their first appearance at the regional level since 2013 but under new principal Mr. Ezekiel Ayiego bagged two prestigious awards with their play, The Dirge of Diram.
Scripted by Dominic Kalicha and directed by Anne Waweru and Mr Omega, the Dirge of Diram, set in the ancient Arabic era, claimed the best item on corruption as well as the best play on social responsibilities.
Here are the full results per category.
1. St. Theresa Eregi
1. St. Peters Musikoma
2. Kakamega High
2. Kaimosi G
1. St. Claire maragoli
1. Bungoma High
3. Nambale urban
Cultural creative dance
1. Bungoma High
1. Friends School Kamusinga
3. Butere girls
4. Kolanya girls
5. Kakamega high
The winners will now represent the region at the National Schools and colleges Drama Festival which shall be held in Bungoma County from April 2019.