and SMFA Spoken Word E-Festival
The Saskatchewan Drama Association (SDA) and the Saskatchewan
Music Festival Association (SMFA) collaborated to present the
first Spoken Word e-Festival for Saskatchewan students,
ages 5 to 19 years of age and any level.
of the Spoken Word e-Festival are:
develop awareness of other forms of stage and poetic
enhance acting and speaking skills;
develop confidence through stage performance;
encourage crativity and help students become more critical
meet curricula goals of the Saskatchewan K-12 English
Arts, Arts Education and Theatre Arts
were judged by video recordings submitted by the competitors.
The judge's decision is final.
were adjudicated by Bradley Hawyward
Hayward has been involved with the Saskatchewan Drama Association
25 years, first as a student and now as an adult. He grew
up in Oxbow and acted in his very first SDA Drama Festival
way back in 1993. From that moment forward, he was hooked
on the theatre. He continued to participate in drama festivals
as an actor,
director, playwright and stage manager, winning many awards
for multiple disciplines,
including the Mary Ellen Burgess Award two years in a row.
He performed at the 1997
Provincial Festival in The Flattering Word. He graduated
from high school in 1998 and
went on to get a degree in screenwriting; however, he never
lost his passion for high
school theatre and eventually turned his attention to writing
plays for students.
Currently, he has written more than 62 published plays that
have been produced all
around the world, including dozens of productions at various
regional festivals across Saskatchewan. His plays I Dont
Want to Talk About It, Selfie, Laughing Stock, Epic Fail,
Drama Geeks, Vamp Ire, and The Last Fill have all advanced
to SDAs Provincial Festival. The Last Fill won the
Best Overall Production at SDAs 2019 Provincial Festival.
In addition to writing, Bradley has worked for the SDA as
a front-of-house adjudicator at many regional festivals,
twice been the front-of-house clinician at the Middle Years
Festival, and recently, Front of House for SDAs Provincial
Festival, and has facilitated many acting and writing workshops.
He is profoundly inspired by the high level of talent and
enthusiasm of the students he encounters each year, and
hopes to continue for many more years to come. He is thrilled
to adjudicator SDA and SMFAs first Spoken Word Festival!
the winners are:
years & under Ashton Bourgeois ($250)
Ashton Bourgeois is a current Grade 12 student at MUCC in Melfort.
He has been involved in the arts program at MUCC for many years, partaking
in both music and drama. In both disciplines, he has performed at
festivals at both regional and provincial levels via the MUCC band
program and MUCC Team Drama, as a percussionist and actor, respectively.
Outside of school, Ashton partakes in alpine ski racing, and races
both within the province as well as at national level events. Ashton
performed a scene from Two Gentlemen of Verona (II, iii, 5-28)
using modern characterization to bring this Shakespearean scene into
the modern era.
years & under Dexter Candillo ($200)
Dexter Candillo is 13 years old and lives in Yorkton. He loves drama
and all art and says this is a very cool opportunity.
This was Dexters first monologue, and he performed Lost in
an Airport by Carrie Pengilly.
years & under Georgia Robertson ($150)
Georgia Robertson is 12 years old and lives in Yorkton. She plays
the violin, loves to read, bake, and play with her little sister and
her two guinea pigs names Arol and Juniper. Georgia has been a part
of Free My Muse Company since she was 8 years old and has been in
8 play productions along with performing several monologues. For this
performed Why I Left My Home Town by Carrie Pengilly.
years & under Alexander Ubongen ($100)
Alexander Ubongen is 8 years old and will be in Grade 3 in the next
school year at St. Michael School in Yorkton. He has a sister who
is 6 years younger and a pet dog named Buster who he loves to play
with. Alexander chose to perform The Sleepover by Natalia Santos
because he loves hanging out with
his best friend and sees his teenage sister go on sleepovers. Aside
from drama, Alexander plays a lot of piano, hockey, Tae Kwon Do, basketball
and figure skating, before the coronavirus happened.