One direction for young talent
Rising star geared up for awardsSUE FEA
At just 15, rising young Wakatipu performer Victoria Boult's dream of a career in international theatre could be a step closer this weekend, even if she did have to forego One Direction concert tickets to pursue it.
The outstanding young speech and drama talent is the only student from the Southland region selected for the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand Young Performers Awards, being held in Invercargill this weekend.
Like most teenage girls, Victoria is a big fan of the English-Irish pop boy band, One Direction, whose Christchurch concert clashes with the awards.
However, she conceded that "certain things have to be sacrificed for my future".
Victoria, who scored an honours-plus grade in the grade 8 New Zealand Speech Board exams this year, will study for an acting diploma next year.
She was the second youngest student selected for the awards.
This year's audience is being treated to instrumental, highland dance and modern dance performances, as well as speech and drama from the country's 18 top young performers.
Victoria's 15-minute performance focuses on her chosen theme of survival.
"It's very intense and you have to hold the audience in the palm of your hands from the time you enter until you exit. You have to take them on a journey of your theme," she said.
Her selection was extremely satisfying for her speech and drama teacher, Kate Moetaua, who was herself selected for the same prestigious national awards in speech and drama 20 years ago in Marlborough.
"I was extremely excited for her. It feels very, very special," Mrs Moetaua said.
Victoria's dream is to land a career as a theatre practitioner and even own her own theatre.
"I'd like to study directing and film theatre, or screen writing, preferably in the United States or the UK."
Qualifying rounds yesterday and today will shortlist eight performers for the semifinals. The finals will be held in the Civic Theatre tomorrow night.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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