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The citya��s biggest youth theatre festival returns for the fourth time, with eight plays

Ita��s that time when the youth of the city take to the stage and they are gearing up to impress you with their histrionics. MY Theatre Festival, curated by Crea-Shakti, is back with its fourth edition. This time, nine colleges are taking part, including Madras Christian College, Womena��s Christian College, IIT Madras and Anna University. a�?The festival is an amazing forum. Ita��s probably the best in the city, especially if youa��re a group thata��s staging a public show for the first time. Crea-Shakti takes cares of all the financial details, including the budget, but leave the rest to the participants, so ita��s a superb learning experience,a�? says Vaishnavi Swaminathan of SSN College of Engineering, who directed Alfred Hitchcocka��s Rope for the festival last year.1
Kicking off with Steel Magnolias by WCCa��s Dramatically Correct at Egmorea��s Museum Theatre, you can also look forward to plays ranging from Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles to Pride and Prejudice: An Indian Adaptation and Sujathaa��s comic Kadavul Vandhirundhaar. a�?The success of the festival has been stupendous, both in terms of reach and viability. We have a whole line-up of colleges and institutions coming up saying they want to be a part of it,a�? says Abhinav Suresh, one of the co-founders of Crea-Shakti. With the aim of encouraging more youngsters to follow their dreams and take up theatre seriously, he adds, a�?The culture at our theatre group is one of growth, and finding and honing talent. We have more than half a dozen full-time theatre professionals from our Campus Theatre Initiative.a�?
Echoing the enthusiasm is fellow team member, Dushyanth Gunasekaran, who says, a�?Where we once had a hundred people in the audience, we now have a hundred people just on stage. Ita��s fantastic.a�?
On March 21-22 and 28-29, at the Museum Theatre, from 3 pm. `200 onwards. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

a��Krishna Trilok


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