Acting up before the Bell

Richmond River High School student Vaikalafi Tuiono (pictured) has always wanted to be an actress, but the 17-year-old never really thought it was a realistic career choice until now.

Vaikalafi was recently named as one of only three students, picked from a pool of 120, to receive a Bell Shakespeare Regional Performance Scholarship.

As part of the scholarship, Vaikalafi will travel to Sydney in early January and spend a week of her holidays observing the Bell Shakespeare Companys rehearsals, taking specialist acting classes and visiting the Sydney Opera House to get a feel for what theatre is all about. She gets to take a parent or guardian and all her accommodation and travel is paid for.

This was my first audition ever so I was a little shocked to get it I had a go but I didnt expect theyd actually pick me, said Vaikalafi, who put on a feisty performance as Hectate, the queen of witches in Macbeth, to secure the scholarship. I dont think it will really hit me until I get on the plane. But deep down Ive always wanted this.


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