The Butt Drama Circle hosted three wonderful evenings of drama by local primary schools in the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey recently.
Over two hundred children took to the stage for the Annual Primary Schools Drama Festival. The theatre was filled each night with proud parents and teachers as the talented school children experienced their first moments in the spotlight.
The festival opened on June 11th with S.N. Taobhóige’s production of “Sabháil an Domhan.”
This charming play was performed beautifully by children aged 4-8 and expertly directed by their teacher Ms. Ní Bhriain. Sixth Class from Woodland N.S. then performed “The Holiday Show”.
This presentation was particularly impressive as the class performed an original script written by their teacher Ms. Mc Hugh.
St. Mary’s N.S., Stranorlar opened the evening on June 12th with their production of “School Daze” The school’s two Sixth Classes joined forces to present a hilarious comedy reminiscing on their years in primary school. The cast of 46 children were directed by Ms. Moy, Ms. Duffner and Ms. Mc Nulty.
The evening was brought to a close by Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Killymard with their play “Peggy Wright.” This innovative play was written by one the pupils and directed by Ms. O’Toole.
The final night of the festival belonged to St. Eunan’s N.S., Raphoe. The talented children from Junior and Senior Infants performed “Caterpillar Boogie” directed by Ms. Crawford.
Senior Infants and First Class then took to the stage to present a colourful production of “The Clown Who Couldn’t Smile” directed by Ms. Gallagher.
The much-loved story of “Beauty and the Beast” followed. This was directed by Ms. Keeve and starred Third and Fourth Class.
The festival was brought to a close by an original script written by Ms. Daly and performed by her Fourth and Fifth Class.
Maura Logue was the adjudicator of the festival and gave insightful commentary and feedback to the schools at the end of each evening.
Every child was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for their performance and each school received a commemorative plaque.
Run annually by the Butt Drama Circle, this event provides a unique opportunity for young children to have the experience of performing in a real theatre in front of a live audience.
The adjudicator paid tribute to everyone involved- festival director Teresa Mc Nulty, the parents, teachers and schools who make such a memorable experience possible for the children.