Success on stage

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Southland/Otago heats for The Bear. The short play by Anton Chekhov is about a widow who encounters her late husband’s creditor and was performed by Maddie Jardine and Callum Fowler. Kennedy said it was her first time directing and both performers also won an excellence in acting award. Adjudicated by Fortune Theatre artistic director Jonathon Hendry, the heats were held on Friday and Saturday at Repertory House, with six performances over the two nights. Best youth production Eating The Wolf (Wakatipu High School), along with Carol & Nev (Clyde Theatre Group), were also chosen to go forward to the regional final at Dunedin’s Globe Theatre on August 20. The national final will be held in Invercargill at SIT Centrestage Theatre on September 9 and 10.

WITH her heart set on tertiary study and ultimately a career in the performing arts, Invercargill drama and acting student Felicity Crossley-Pritchard is now one step closer to achieving her goal.
Crossley-Pritchard was one of eight recipients of the inaugural Trinity College London New Zealand study grant, and was selected from a field of 56 applicants.
National representative Cathy Martin said the chosen students combined ‘‘pots of talent’’ with consistent work ethic and a focus on long-term goals.
‘‘Trinity is delighted to recognise their achievements and support their future aspirations.’’
Referee Jade Gillies, of Gillies Creative Ltd, said Crossley-Pritchard had an ‘‘infectious enthusiasm and obvious passion for the arts’’.
At just 17 she is already a teaching intern and her numerous Southland community involvements include Shakespeare in the Park, Repertory Invercargill and The House Series.
Repertory recently awarded her the Owen Gerrard Memorial Trophy and she is in the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand 2016 National Schools Shakespeare Production.
She has also enjoyed success in competitions and Trinity College London examinations.

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