Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Spring Fiesta is annually organized by the American College of Dubai. Labeled as ‘The Ultimate Youth Championship’, this event invites all educational institutes in the UAE to fight it out in various categories including dance, drama and a fashion show.
These contests are intended to place a “cat amongst the pigeons” and find out which college triumphs in the many disciplines of art. The event has been exclusively organized by the American College of Dubai (ACD) ever since its inception. This year the event took place on the 15th and 16th of April. Sponsors of the event included Panache, Red Rock and local radio station, Spice FM.

The first day of the fiesta kicked off with plays performed by the students of various schools such as Abu Dhabi Indian School, DPS Dubai, Our Own High School, Dubai and The Indian High School. Indian High School, Dubai bagged first prize with a spoof of Bollywood film ‘My name is Khan’ combined with a take on the horrors of terrorism. The contestants fielded a mix of rewritten traditional plays as well as original scripts. In the intercollegiate competition, Herriot Watt performed a play based on a song that depicts the murder of a mother, unwittingly, by her own son. BITS (Birla Institute of Science and Technology) dabbled with controversy by featuring uniformed Nazi soldiers, Jews and even the Fuhrer. Manipal University did a spoof of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, infusing rap lyrics and making liberal use of placards in it. The play received a Special Mention award for having the Best Concept. Maha Hussein, from 1st year Media and Communication took home the Best Actress trophy, for her portrayal as Casca.
LACC got a well deserved ‘best play’ award after sending the audience into mirthful convulsions with their story of triplets in search of a formula for weight loss. The college also won the best actor award. Preston University produced a crime drama, while ACD, the hosts took second place for their play about a murder at a mansion.

 Article by Keegan G. Pereira