Stu­dent ac­tress off to theatre week

Stratford Press - - News -

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.

Ni­cole Jean­son.

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