Do you know a school drama production that's so good it should be performed on a national stage?
Actress and author Amy Huberman is calling on students in Donegal with an interest in the dramatic arts to show off their work by entering the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.
Amy is reminding all proud parents, students and supportive teachers in Donegal that are taking part in a school show this Christmas, or have already put on a production this year, to get their entries into the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.
The writer has a long association with the awards, which recognise and reward participation in the dramatic arts in schools across Ireland. Amy has been sitting on the judging panel for the past two years.
The awards are open to primary and secondary school students around Ireland. They have attracted entries from over 1,000 schools across the country since 2013 and the highlight of the year sees shortlisted schools travel from across the country to attend the annual awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in May.
Commenting on her role as a judge, Amy Huberman said; “I am thrilled to be back on board the judging panel for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. This is a fantastic competition which recognises all the hard work and effort that students, teachers and parents put into drama in schools around Ireland.
“It’s a one of a kind awards and a great opportunity for aspiring actors, writers, set designers and anyone with an interest in the arts to participate in and show off their talent on a national platform. It’s something I would love to have taken part in when I was a student.”
“This is my third year to be involved with the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards and it is so exciting to see how much participation has grown since my first year as a judge. Whether your role is performing or working behind the scenes, all involvement in the dramatic arts is rewarded.”
“As a judge, this year I’ll be looking for commitment, enthusiasm and standout talent across the categories and I am really looking forward to seeing all the amazing entries we receive.”
The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards are open to primary school pupils from 3rd – 6th class and all secondary school students.
There are 12 categories ranging from production categories such as Best Overall School Musical, Best Overall School Play, Best Set, Best Costumes and Best Performance in a Leading Role (male and female) to written categories such as Best Short Scene Script and Best Dramatic Review. A new category, Best Original Production, has also been added to the 2017 Awards in recognition of the outstanding quality of original productions entered in 2016.
The deadline for entries in all production categories is 27 January 2017. The closing date for entries in the written categories is 10 February 2017.
Shortlisted schools will be invited to a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 17 May 2017. Some schools will even get the chance to perform on Ireland’s largest theatre stage, making it a memorable experience they won’t forget. Winning schools will share a prize fund, and receive a commemorative trophy, picture and plaque for their school.
For details on how to enter the awards, log on to bgesta.ie.