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Issue No. 147 - Wednesday, 16th May 2007
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The Roscar Awards 2007
By Ian Pauley

Last Friday saw the inaugural Roscars ceremony at The Phoenix Theatre. What are the Roscars? Think showbiz glitz, glamour, celebrities, stretched limos and designer dresses… for Hollywood that is. 'We may not be able to roll out a red carpet or stretch to a limousine but there is no reason why we can't have the glitz and glamour of our own award ceremony'.

Rod Barker officiated for Ross Rotary on Roscars Night and handed the group award to The Trial by Steven Berkoff. Howard Owen of The Phoenix Theatre then gave awards for best technician, best actor and best actress.

For her stunning costumes Alice Milinczuk took the award for best technician. Katie Bridges for a show stopping performance took best actress and Alan Christopher's flawless performance won him the trophy for best actor.

Continued . . .

The group award went to 'The Trial' by Steven Berkoff. Ref: DSC_6819

The Roscars are a co-operative event between JKHS, Ross Rotary and The Phoenix Theatre. The idea of the Roscars is to reward the 'A' Level drama student's hard work by rewarding what the judging panel consider the cream of the cream of the crop with an award.

'We don't want parents to think that we are in any way disrupting the A level courses.' Said George Pendlebury of Ross Rotary, adding, 'It is a long term goal of Rotary to encourage young people to develop their skills and we think the Roscars will become a valuable part of that ambition.'

Speaking for The Phoenix Theatre Howard Owen said, 'The Phoenix Theatre is always keen to see the energies of our young people directed in constructive ways and we feel the Roscars offer an inducement for anyone that can display drive and commitment.'

Ben Abbott from JKHS added, 'We believe that the Roscars add something over and above the usual academic studies. It does not interfere with the examinations and gives the students something extra to strive for. We hope this will be the first of many Roscars ceremonies'.

There were two year first year A level and one A2 groups competing for the prizes. The first group performed The Trial by Steven Berkoff. The second group performed Top Girls by Cary Churchill.

The A2 group performed Dancing In The Woods at the school. This was their own adaptation of the Arthur Miller classic, The Crucible. Josh Williams played Reverend Parris Abigail Williams played Bruna Howells Alice Small played Betty Parris Phoebe Small played Tituba Teddy Devitt took care of lighting and sound and Laura Birks designed the set.

More pictures on the next page . . .

Alice Milinczuk took the award for best technician. Ref: DSC_6821

Alan Christopher's flawless performance won him the trophy for best actor. Ref: DSC_6825

Katie Bridges for a show stopping performance took best actress. Ref: DSC_6827

Flowers for favourite teacher, Ben Abbott, who played the waiter in 'Top Girls'. Ref: DSC_6809


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