APIA: THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2013: Enactment of a legend about a woman who diverted a river won top prize in the Teuila Festival drama competition this week.
Performers of the story, A’ana No.1 College from Satapuala, a village on the west of Upolu Island won the Traditional category of the competition initiated this year and called Dreamtime.
A’ana No.1 enacted the legend of a woman named Sina who diverted a river that used to run through Fasito’o-uta village to Falese’ela village.
The story portrays how young men of Fasitoo-uta assaulted Sina’s sons when they went to fetch sea water for their mother.
The boys later crossed over to Falese’ela, a sub-village of Lefaga, which at the time were congregated for a meeting.
They asked permission to cross to get to the sea a request which was granted – and they were invited to join in a feast.
The boys told this to their mother Sina.
Angry at Fasito’o-uta for the assault on her sons Sina diverted the flow of Lotatalie Fall to Falease’ela in appreciation of the kindness of the latter.
Church College of (Western) Samoa at Pesega took second prize – Avele College came third.
In the Contemporary category Lepa Lotofaga College from the eastern side of Upolu walked away with the top prize.
They enacted events of the 2009 tsunami which devastated their part of the island.
A teacher at the college said most of the students were “reliving what they went through four years ago and that was a positive side for the choreographer who did not have to do a lot of explaining of how to do this and that.”
Samoa College took second place with St Mary College came third.
Ten schools competed in the preliminary rounds of the drama competition with six making the finals.
The competition is one of a several changes to this year’s Teuila schedule and was already dubbed the best event of the festival.
One of the competition judges last night, Rev. Paulo Koria, said traditional and contemporary plays should be inserted into the school curriculum.
Rev. Paulo Koria criticised the noise generated by the supporters at last nights performances.
“Shouting and screaming is not Samoan culture,” he said.
It was not Samoan culture for performers to scream and call out as they come on stage nor was it culture for the audience to scream out their support.
There was no better place to start to teach this than in schools, said the clergyman.
He hoped similar shows are organised for other big events and not just for the Teuila Festival.