Wakatipu High student Victoria Boult once hated Shakespeare. But now she’s been chosen to perform at the legendary playwright’s spiritual home in Britain.
Victoria and 23 other students have made the New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company that will make a three-week visit to London’s Globe Theatre next July.
“I’m really, really happy,” she says.
The actors were selected from 48 students indulging in the National Shakespeare Schools Production week held recently in Dunedin.
Victoria, 16, was originally chosen for Dunedin after performing with four other Wakatipu High students at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in Wellington in June.
The students had qualified by winning a category at the Southland regionals.
Victoria, who was recently selected as Wakatipu High’s head girl next year, says her time in Dunedin was “the best week of my entire life”.
“I made so many new friends.
“If it says something about it, I was sobbing on the last day, and I don’t cry.”
She was in a group who learnt then performed a 40-minute extract from Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.
“I was the princess’ assistant – the character is male but we made it a female for me.”
Victoria says something she learnt was to enjoy the journey, not the destination.
“I really didn’t think I was going to get into the Young Shakespeare Company so I just had to learn to enjoy the week as much as I possibly could.”
Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ CEO Dawn Sanders says Victoria was an outstanding member of the troupe.
“Victoria’s warm, calm, generous persona and intelligence will make her an invaluable member of SGCNZ’s Young Shakespeare Company 2015,” Sanders says.
Wakatipu High’s drama head Kate Moetaua says it’s an incredible achievement.
“It’s a first for our school’s drama department.
“Victoria works very hard to achieve her successes and is such an inspiration to others – not only in her ability to create convincing characters and perform with depth and sincerity but also in the way she is such a positive, humble and caring person in all that she does.”