Cashmere High School took the title of "Christchurch's fastest and funniest"
for the first time in the Theatresports in Schools Senior finals at The Court Theatre on Sunday 21 September.
After a fiercely-contested competition with scenes such as a shared story of "big teeth", a love story where the "inner thoughts" were heard by the audience and a performance of "The Lion King" in a minute, the Senior Theatresports Competition came down to a high-pressure tie-breaker to perform the "most lovely" or "most evil" scene between previous year's winners Christchurch Boys' High School and Cashmere High School.
Ultimately, the Cashmere team of Josh David, Tom Harper, Jed Davies and Nat Herz-Edinger, managed to take home the coveted Theatresports Trophy, double passes to any show at The Court Theatre and a chance to train/perform with the Court Jesters later in the year.
Christchurch Boys' High School placed second, Riccarton High School third and Christchurch Girls' High School fourth. All schools were commended on their quick wits and excellent performances. 2008's competition has been "one of the best years we've had yet" according to Court Theatre education manager Jeff Clark.
Theatresports in Schools is a long-established cultural competition enjoying almost two decades in Christchurch since 1989. This is Cashmere's first win.
Theatresports is competitive performance where teams of four performers create short scenes based on audience suggestions, combining acting skills with quick-thinking. The result is a uniquely entertaining theatrical experience. 2008’s competition has been “one of the best years we’ve had yet” according to Clark.
Theatresports in Schools is a long-established cultural competition enjoying almost two decades in Christchurch and many of The Court Jesters (The Court Theatre’s improvisation troupe who perform Scared Scriptless every Friday night) began their professional careers through the school competition. Clark encourages audiences to keep an eye out for the performers they see at the finals -“for many of them, this is only the beginning”.