Taif University Receives the Golden Kasbah at the Conclusion of the First Saudi University Theater Festival
On behalf of His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, His Excellency, the Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Dr. Saad Al-Amri, sponsored the closing ceremony of the First Theater Festival for Saudi universities. The ceremony took place in the Lasan Theatre and was attended by those who participated in the activities of the festival.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the Vice-President thanked the His Excellency, the Rector of the University, for hosting the festival. He also thanked those who were in charge of the event and the delegations of the participating universities, expressing his vision of future festivals being arranged on a permanent basis.
The ceremony also included a video presentation entitled "Hopes and Expectations" in addition to a presentation on the collection of all performances completed by the participants.
Following after, the sponsor of the event honored the judges of the ceremony, the guests and the heads of delegations, as well as the participants in the symposia that accompanied the festival. The Arbitration Committee also presented the Esteemed Testimony in Acting Award to student Omar Qadi for his role in the play "Coffin" presented by Taif University. The King Saud University Theater Team also obtained a Certificate of Excellence for Decoration Design in the play of “Almkason.” In script writing, Playwright, Khaled Al-Shariati, obtained a Certificate of Excellence for his role as an arbitrator.
Actor Sultan Al-Ghamdi from Jeddah University won the Best Scenography Award for "Don Quixote on Snape Shot," while the Third Best Actor Award went to Abdulwahab Al-Ahmari for his role in the play "Beyond the Darkness" of King Khalid University. Artist, Fahed Al-Tala, received the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in King Khalid University's performance. Actor, Bader Al-Ghamdi, won first place, for his role in the play "Coffin" from the University of Taif.
The Best Theatrical Script Award went to Mr. Fahad Al-Harthy, for his script "The Station does not Leave" by Jazan University. Mr. Mesad Al-Zahrani won the Best Theater Director Award for directing the play, “Coffin,” by Taif University. In the Best Collective Show Category, King Faisal University achieved the Arbitrators Prize in this field.
As for the festival's main prizes, the play "Beyond the Dark" by King Khalid University won the Bronze Kasbah for the Best Stage Performance. Jeddah University achieved the Silver Kasbah for the play “Don Quixote on Snape Shot." The Golden Kasbah went to the Taif University for the play "Coffin."
The Chairman of the Judges Committee, Mr. Mohamed Mafraq, announced at the end of the festival a number of recommendations, the most important of which is the extension of the duration of the festival in its second edition so that only two shows will be held per day. The committee also recommended the establishment of a secretariat for the festival under the umbrella of King Khalid University. They further asserted that the theatrical renaissance must continue to take place within the universities, through the creation of theater competitions between colleges within each university.