Three students from ACG Parnell College have been selected to attend the annual National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP) for 2017 in Wellington from October 1-9.
NSSP is a week-long theatre-intensive especially devised for Shakespearean devotees. It enables students to learn more about the Bard and his works; familiarise themselves with the ins and outs of the theatre; hone their theatre and film composing and designing skills, and to gain valuable, life-long lessons.
Among these are public speaking, teamwork, self-confidence, time-management and independence.
Scarlett Kean, Flynn Mehlhopt and Benjamin Stubbing, all in Year 13, were selected based on their performances at Shakespeare Globe Centre of New Zealand’s (SGCNZ) University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival for Auckland Region.
ACG Parnell College walked away with ten awards from that festival.
Scarlett, Flynn and Benjamin are part of a 48-strong cohort of students from all over the country who will participate in the NSSP. From this group, 24 will be picked to travel to Shakespeare’s Globe in London, an opportunity that has been available through SGCNZ since Sam Wanamaker reconstructed the theatre near its original 17th Century site on the River Thames in 1997.
Fellow student Kshema Amirapu was also selected for her winning costume design, but is unable to be at the week in Wellington.
With more than 550 students around the country having participated in regional Festivals, ACG Parnell College Performing Arts teacher Amanda Burnett said the theatre intensive was a rare opportunity, and The Globe a tantalising prospect.
“They are incredibly talented actors and really compassionate human beings. I could see them all getting selected. We just have to wait to see what happens.”