Sunnydale School students staged the British playwright William Shakespeare’s popular play The Merchant of Venice at Bangladesh National Museum auditorium on Monday.
While presenting the Shakespearean romantic-comedy depicting story of a benevolent merchant [Antonio] requests for a loan form a moneylender [Shylock] to pay for his friend’s [Bassanio] romantic ambition to marry a beautiful lady [Portia], director Toufiqul Emon added many songs and dances along with the original dialogues.
For instance, the play begins with rendition of a song titled ‘Friend in Need’ by a group of singers.
Grade 7 and 8 students of the school including Aproteem Majumder, Samian Ilham Ahmed, Farisa Noor, Anish Amartya Saha and Ishraq Kabir Desh performed well to give authentic depictions of different scenes such as Price of Aragon’s farcical approach to impress Portia or the climax of the play where Shylock demands a pound of flesh cut from Antonio’s liver when the latter defaults on his loan.
‘Kudos goes to all the actors, technician and the director for presenting such a good play,’ said Azhar Mahmud, a businessman, who enjoyed the show.
Toufiqul Emon, a teacher at Scholastica School who directed the play for Sunnydale School as a guest director, praised the young actors saying ‘They performed really well in The Marchant of Venice, which is not an easy play to act in. I am really proud of them’
Sunnydale School principal Tazeen Ahmed also spoke at the event.
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