On July the 3rd Mount Hutt College student Brooke Sandys will be heading to Hollywood, Los Angeles to attend and perform in the World Championships of Performing Arts. Considered the ‘Olympics’ of performing arts, there will be over 40 countries competing over categories including Dancing, Acting, Vocals, Modelling, and Instrumental. Brooke will be entering in 7 acting categories and 1 dance category, performing solo. Competitors spend 2 weeks participating in boot camps, meet and greets and other exciting things prior to the end performance night.
At the end of last year auditions were held across the country in the main cities. After auditioning in Christchurch with a monologue, Brooke was accepted into the team. In the team representing New Zealand there are 27 performers from around the country including a variety of ages.
“There were over 150 people who auditioned,” said Brooke, “the most exciting thing about it will be the experience, I can’t wait to perform my passion in L.A. The experience will be beyond amazing and something I will remember forever. Being able to perform with such tough competition will be incredible, the thrill of performing in America, I absolutely can’t wait. Also meeting so many new people will be amazing. I am currently fundraising to get the myself there, the Methven and Mid-Canterbury community have been so generous and supportive. I would like to formally thank everyone who has helped and the Methven Theatre Company for such a generous donation, with a scholarship of $1000. This truly is so helpful to me.”
Wayne Pannett of the Methven Theatre Company commented; “we felt that someone like Brooke getting an opportunity like this is worthy of a helping hand. We have an annual scholarship grant called the Methven Theatre Training Fund which has been around for probably 15 years. It was initially set up to assist local teenagers going on to study the performing arts and/or locals who had helped or performed with Methven theatre. The policy has since been broadened to include all young people going on to any sort of study.”
Brooke will be joined by 3 other Mid-Canterbury youths on the trip: Annelise Diamond, Jack Bubb and Ruby Donaldson of Ashburton