Where are they now?
Rebekkah and friends on the Brooklyn Bridge
It’s nearly seven years since the Raye Freedman Arts Centre opened and lately we have noticed that our EGGS thespians, as well as those from Auckland Grammar School, are doing especially well in the wider world.
Olivia Tennet takes a role in Jessie Peach’s production of “Othello” at the Maidment from July 22 – August 13. Robbie Magasiva plays the lead in this show. Olivia graduated from EGGS in 2008 and continues to work in the acting profession.
Email makes it easy to stay in touch and this week Rebekkah Schoonbeek-Berridge (2009)contacted us from the Lincoln Centre in New York, where the resources for her drama studies are “beyond amazing”. She is currently studying dance at Broadway Dance Centre and assures us that the work she did at EGGS has prepared her well for her studies there.
Fiona Ryan (2007) works regularly as a Stage Manager for Auckland Theatre Company, Young and Hungry, The Raye Freedman Arts Centre and Centennial Theatre whilst working at her law degree.
Sigourney Taylor is at Auckland Medical School training for a different type of theatre work . She and Leah Neilsen are young directors who are part of “Breaking Legs” Theatre Company”. They will direct “Macbeth” in The Lady Fisher Auditorium later in the year. Ollie Rosser – one of the founders of “Breaking Legs” and an AGS/EGGS actor and singer continues to direct. He worked on “Richard 111” during 2011 Summer Shakespeare at the University of Auckland Business School
Katie Meltzer, who finished at EGGS last year, has recently been accepted to become part of the corps de ballet of The Canadian Ballet. She will travel there to begin her training later this year.
Reimy Jones and her hip-hop crew are legendary in their world winning status and showed us all how to “crown ourselves” in their guest appearance at the EGGS school hall this week.
This month Christiana Zhu takes the lead in The North Shore Music Theatre’s production of “Miss Saigon” at The Civic theatre. She plays Kim, the young Vietnamese woman who has a relationship with an American G.I. Other supporting actors in the production include Jared Lee. Those of you with long memories will recall him as Paris in the 2006 AGS/EGGS production of “Romeo and Juliet”.
..and, while Jae Woo (2010) doesn’t officially qualify as an ex-EGGS student, he is most certainly closely connected with the school through his consistent roles in the AGS/EGGS productions over the past few years. Jae has been accepted into Boston University in Massachusetts . He auditioned for several universities in the United States of America with remarkable results and has chosen a four year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting as his degree.
These are just some of the outstanding results that our investment in local youth theatre is building into the future of our theatre and our community. We wish each of our alumni well in their chosen career pathways.
Jane Griffin (Learning Area Director - The Arts)