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Something wicked this way comes . . . Geraldine High students (from left) Kaylem Herbert (then 16), Angel Danford (then 16), Nerissa Murphy (then 17) and Bella Kircher (then 16) take part in the Aoraki heats of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition last year. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Shakespeare’s classics will return to the stage today as the Aoraki heats of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival are held in Timaru.

There will be 15 school groups performing Shakespeare’s classics at Craighead Diocesan School today, as part of the regional competition for the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

The annual competition, run by the Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, is held at a regional level before finalists progress to the national level.

The schools competing at the South Canterbury event include Twizel Area School, which will perform a section of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roncalli College with Romeo and Juliet and Craighead Diocesan performing a section from Henry VIII

Other acts will include snippets of Macbeth by Ashburton College, Love’s Labour’s Lost from another Roncalli group, Geraldine High School with Twelfth Night and a different section of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Twizel Area School.

Pupils from Roncalli College will also perform sections of Macbeth and Hamlet, Mount Hutt College will present The Taming of the Shrew and Craighead performers are set to bring The Merry Wives of Windsor to the stage.

Mount Hutt College and Geraldine High will both perform sections of Romeo and Juliet, while Roncalli will also perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The 15th act of the day, from Twizel Area School, is of a yet-unspecified act.

The Aoraki heats will start at 1pm and the judges’ decisions are expected to be announced by 4pm.

This year’s heats will be assessed by Elizabeth Gubb and Jon Harris.