Student actress off to theatre week
BY ALYSSA SMITH Student reporter
Stratford High School student Nicole Jeanson will be acting and directing her heart out at the National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP) later this year.
The NSSP runs a week long theatre intensive in Dunedin early October. Nicole will have a week to prepare and learn a compressed Shakespeare play during the theatre intensive. Nicole was one of the 40 picked for the opportunity and from the group, judges will pick 20 of the young actors who will be given the opportunity to go to the Globe Theatre in London.
While her group wasn’t selected to attend nationals, Nicole’s talent was noticed by the judges and she was chosen out of 24 regions to attend the nationals as a student direct entry. To win her place, Nicole had to show she understood the character she was playing through her performance as well as the context of the play. Nicole played Lady Macbeth in scene two, act two from Macbeth.
The judges had a lot of positive comments about Nicole’s performance. These include her good understanding and context of the play as well as her use of space and breath while talking.
“I’m really excited for the experience I will gain from the theatre intensive,” Nicole says.
“I’ve never done professional theatre before, so it will be a new experience . . . I can’t wait to go down to Dunedin and meet other student actors. Making friends with common interest is definitely something to look forward to. I’m very thankful to the Stratford High School PTA. They’ve given me a donation for my trip down to Dunedin.”
Nicole is also grateful for the donation made by the Stratford Lions Club for her trip down south.