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Iona College Drama Students Enjoy National Success In Wellington

The girls travelled to Wellington over Queens Birthday Weekend to participate in the SGCNZ National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.  The girls performed their 15 min scene along with 47 other schools.  They were assessed by three internationally acclaimed assessors who decided on recipients of awards to acknowledge various areas of excellence and expertise.

Our girls achieved three prestigious National Awards

  1. The Patrick Spottiswoode Globe Theatre London award for “Best Use of Space”
  2. The Toi Whakaari National Drama School Award for Best Technician – Bridie Casey
  3. The Most Outstanding Individual in a Tragic Role – Tessa Rao

Claudia Karlsson also received a certificate for best Assistant Director

Following on from the festival….

Tessa Rao has been selected to attend the following; NSSP (National Shakespeare Schools Production) which this year is held at Wellington Scots College from 29th September-7th October is a week-long intensive residential course that the 48 students will study Shakespearean topics, have Workshops taken by high calibre theatre professionals, and rehearse reduced versions of three of Shakespeare’s plays under leading Directors, culminating in two public performances on 5th October at Scots Collage and on 6th October in the Legislative Chamber in Parliament.

During the NSSP week, students are continually assessed with 24 chosen to represent NZ as members of SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company.  Those chosen students are responsible for raising approximately $8000 plus $650 personal expenses each for this tightly-packed study and performance trip representing NZ in London.

Jenny Nimon is on the shortlist (number three) to get a place in NSSP as well.

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