Students receive national awards

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 08:48 12/06/2014
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GERMARI HERSELMAN
PROMISING ACT: Bonnie Harrison, 15, reads her scene from the Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew, that she preformed at the 23rd Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand competition in Wellington.

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Marlborough students received national awards for their Shakespearean art and acting at the 23rd Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand competition.

Two Marlborough Girls' College students, Bonnie Harrison and Cleonna Hocquard-D'Alliessi won awards at the competition in Wellington over Queen's Birthday weekend.

Assistant English teacher Shalom Del'Monte-Aberhart said the two year 11 students were both exceptional and competed against mostly year 12 and year 13 students.

"They really did Marlborough proud and have an amazing possibilities in the theatre ahead of them," she said.

Bonnie Harrison received the Most Promising Actor award for her role in the Marlborough Girls' College 15 minute, student-directed scene from The Taming of the Shrew and was also selected for the National Shakespeare School Production.

Cleonna Hocquard-D'Alliessi won first prize in the Adam Foundation Static Image Competition which was run as part of the festival, for her Macbeth artwork.

Her art will be on display at the Globe Theatre in London for four months, Del'Monte-Aberhart said.

Bonnie Harrison said she was still on a high after the excitement of the weekend in Wellington.

The weekend was spent with other students just as passionate about Shakespeare's work as she was and she found herself quoting him in conversations now.

"The plays were amazing and the amount of different interpretations of the same scenes stunned me.

"If I made even a small contribution to the great culture being kept alive for teenagers, then it was worth all the hard work," Bonnie said.

She was very grateful for the help of friends, Emily Hurley who directed her piece and fellow actor Daniel Cunningham.

Bonnie will join Charlotte Cook at the National Shakespeare Schools Production week in Dunedin from September 27 to October 5. Charlotte gained direct entry for the NSSP week at the regional competition earlier this year. germari.herselman@mex.co.nz

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- The Marlborough Express

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