Lower Hutt students combine nuns and nurses in original play

Sacred Heart College students Anna Secker, left,  and Georgia Kellett have spent their July school holidays rehearsing ...
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Sacred Heart College students Anna Secker, left, and Georgia Kellett have spent their July school holidays rehearsing their play Missing Time.

School holidays haven't exactly been relaxing for several Sacred Heart College students.

Year 12 Anna Secker and Year 13 Georgia Kellett have given up their holidays to finish rehearsals for their original play, Missing Time.

Sixteen-year-old Anna is directing and  Georgia, 17,  has taken on the role of producer. The pair co-wrote the play.

Missing Time is set in an English convent in  1943  and follows the story of ex-war nurse Margo as she tries to find her "perfect world".

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"She's trying to not escape her past but move on," Georgia said.

Original play Missing Time will be running at Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt,  from July 27 to 29.
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Original play Missing Time will be running at Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt, from July 27 to 29.

The pair decided last year they wanted to write a play about nuns.

"It's interesting because we don't know anything about it. [Writing] it was a mix of putting ourselves in the situation and research," Georgia said.

Anna wrote the school's play last year as well, a feat which saw her recognised with a Young Achievers Award from Upper Hutt City Council.

"After the show [last year] was finished, I was itching to write another show," she said.

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Missing Time features 10 characters - mostly nuns - plus the two writers couldn't help but slip in a cheeky cameo at the end.

The pair both have a love of performing arts and hope to find careers in the industry.

Music plays a big part in the play. The soundtrack was carefully selected, with Anna describing it as "ambient".

"It really goes hand in hand with the acting," she said.

Opening night is July 27 and Missing Time will run until July 29. Georgia will be turning 18 the night the show closes and said it would be an interesting way to celebrate her birthday.

It will be a strange feeling for the two students when the play wraps up on July 29, but they'll be diving straight into their next performance, a Shakespearian  show performed as an assessment for their drama class.

* The play premieres on July 27 at the Sacred Heart Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $10, available online, through door sales and the Sacred Heart College office.

 - Stuff

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