IT'S OFFICIAL - Monaro High School's year 12 drama class is one of the best in NSW.
The small class of four students has received not one, but three nominations in the Board of Studies' OnSTAGE presentation and exhibition for the most exemplary Higher School Certificate drama performances this year.
Students Lauren Swain, Louisa Wall, Alex Bridgeman and Jayden Payne were nominated for their group performance 'Every Cloud has a Silver Lining', while Miss Swain and Miss Wall received an individual nomination for their solo performances.
The students gave their performances at the end of August and were selected by HSC markers as being exemplary.
They are selected for powerfully engaging the audience, being well polished and well structured with students displaying strong performance skills.
The students themselves were shocked to learn of their nomination.
"I was shocked. That's what you aspire to," Miss Swain said.
They had viewed last year's OnSTAGE performances and were aware of the high calibre.
The group performance called 'Every Cloud has a Silver Lining' is a 12 minute physical theatre piece that the class developed over four months.
The students are cloud people who accidentally create the black Saturday bushfires.
The performance is a journey of the cloud people as they discover they have the power to make the weather good or bad. Miss Swain's individual performance is titled 'Peter and the Star Catcher' and is the prelude to the story of Peter Pan.
Miss Swain plays Molly, Wendy's mother, and tells the story of first love, when Molly was a child and fell in love with Peter.
Miss Wall's piece, 'Beyond the neck' is a monologue of a girl who's father died in the Port Arthur massacre when she was young.
The class has filmed the performances and sent them to the Board of Studies, to see if they have been selected to be part of the OnSTAGE presentation and exhibition at the Seymour Centre in February next year.