MANY THANKS: Allie Osborn accepts the $1000 bursary from president Julia Loaney.
MANY THANKS: Allie Osborn accepts the $1000 bursary from president Julia Loaney. Contributed

Bursaries open theatre doors

IT HAS been a week of school graduations and awards presentation evenings, celebrating the excellence in learning and student achievements.

Coolum Theatre Players added to the excitement this week when president Julia Loaney presented $1000 Arts Bursaries to students from St Andrew's Anglican College, Coolum Beach Christian College and Coolum High School.

Ms Loaney said the group had run a youth theatre program almost since its inception 25 years ago, with the first musical called Ming Lee And The Magic Tree directed by Dagmar London performed in 1989.

"The Youth Theatre folded a few years ago due to the departure of the co-ordinator, the rising administration and hall hire costs," she said. "However, we acknowledge that today's youth are the future of local theatre and wish to encourage them in their passion for the performing arts.

"These bursaries will go towards their continued studies in the arts industries. We hope they will return to our stages as experienced adult actors."

And the winners are:

 ST ANDREW'S Anglican College student Alexandria (Allie) Osborn is 15 years of age and has a burning passion to perform. She holds aspirations to portray her talents on stage and in films within Australia, and hopefully one day further abroad.

Allie is completing Year 10, where her major passions lie in drama, vocal performance, and supporting her local community.

She is thrilled to receive a Coolum Theatre Players Bursary.

"I can't stop smiling! I'm so excited and grateful for this opportunity," she said.

Allie's parents Jenny and Jason are thrilled, and her drama teacher Tara Mackie is exceptionally proud.

  Ashley Payne is in Year 11, her first year at Coolum Beach Christian College. She was born in South Africa and at age 11 her family moved to Miles in central west Queensland.

It wasn't until Year 8 that Ashley had the opportunity to take on drama as an elective, learning the process of drama and performing in a number of productions.

This year, one of the major school projects was a trip to Sydney where she chose to prepare a show-reel as a presenter for CBCC TV showcasing visits to the Power House Museum, Maritime Museum, Opera House and NIDA.

"My dream is to be on Home & Away," Ashley said.

"I love reality television. I'm motivated and excited at the prospects after finishing school, to study dramatic arts at the USC before embarking on a television career."

  Kelly Weigel was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, attending both Coolum State and Coolum High Schools.

From a young age she has had a passion for the performing arts, in particular comedy. Kelly has been an active participant in her drama classes since Year 8, with involvement in school productions such as Private Lives by Noel Coward in Year 11 and Othello by William Shakespeare in Year 12.

"My options for the future include studying for a Bachelor of Creative Industries or a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the USC or the University of Queensland or QUT," Kelly said.

"This will allow me to become a drama teacher or to have a career in film and television.

"I look forward to using my bursary to support my future development in the arts industries, whether it be attending a master-class or co-curricular tuition."


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