Drama students of Chadwick School in Palos Verdes have proven their theatrical talents after winning a 1st place title in the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) Los Angeles Region Theatre Competition. Chadwick’s 1970s-inspired rendition of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” had CETA judges applauding and wanting more; the drama troupe was chosen to perform on the main stage at the CETA Theatre Festival and Qualifying Competition this weekend, January 18-20.
Each year CETA holds its Southern High School Theatre Festival during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The weekend offers a variety of opportunities for artistic growth for high school students and their teachers. As the Los Angeles regional winner, Chadwick School was invited to showcase their star-quality performance at this prestigious event along with winners from the three other Southern California regions.
This debut play is Drama Director Nigel Williams’ first-ever production at Chadwick School since his arrival this fall from Gordonstoun School in Scotland. His outlandish California disco-infused take on the Shakespearean classic, complete with 70s-inspired music, costumes, and dance, was a major hit with the audience and critics. One CETA adjudicator claimed, “This version of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ will be added to the list of my favorite Shakespearean experiences.”