Boys celebrate the works of Shakespeare
Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
Yesterday, those looking would have found quite a few Romeos - along with Julius Caesar, King Lear and a masculine-looking Juliet - at the Southland Boys' High School Shakespeare Day.
Dozens of pupils swapped afternoon lessons for period costumes and competitions to celebrate the bard, his works and his most famous characters.
The group, sporting togas, pantaloons and even Elizabethan dresses, braved the rain to march to the school hall with bagpipers and drummers, before competing in Shakespeare-related contests to gain house points.
Drama teacher Gussie Johnson said the ceremony had grown in popularity since it was introduced six years ago.
It was a chance for the pupils to appreciate Shakespeare's contribution to culture and the boys had put a lot of effort into creating their costumes, she said.
The Southland Times