International Scholarship January 2015 Sydney Programme:
D.R.E.A.M International Scholarship winner Joel Dean,
aged 14 years testimony...
I enjoy doing the D.R.E.A.M. Programmes a lot; they have helped me to grow within my theatre studies.
Since I was 12 I have attended 9 programmes and 3 of which I have assisted the director Megan Hanley, by coaching children through their lines, instead of just attending. I have seen many children come through the D.R.E.A.M. Programme from Dannevirke schools, starting the week off semi confident with acting, but by the end of the week they are more confident and capable of taking on lead roles.
In 2014, I won the D.R.E.A.M. International scholarship and had the privilege of going with my little brother Malachi, to Australia. We were able to help Megan with the programme in Sydney, which was a lot of fun and a new experience for Malachi and I having never left New Zealand before.
My brother and I have had so much help and support from our school and our Principal Debbie Max, and our mum, who on behalf of Fountain Theatre has done so much for the D.R.E.A.M. Programmes so to see them continue in Dannevirke, and who keeps us going throughout them. Over all I enjoy the D.R.E.A.M. Programs a lot and hope to teach them one day.
Scholarships are awarded to promising children in each of the programmes. The criteria are based on those who show an oustanding consideration to those around them. Children who exihibit that they are able to focus their attention to the workshop tutorials and work through the learning process. Children who contibute to the programme environment making it enjoyable for others have been winners throughout the development of the D.R.E.A.M. Holiday Programmes.
A biannual award, the International Scholarship criteria is that the contender must have won two programme scholarships, having attended a minimum of 8 D.R.E.A.M. Programmes, be 13 years and over, have a passport and their parents / guardians permission.
The scholarship winners are billeted with an associated family who have and attending the D.R.E.A.M. programmes regularly, or are accommodated with the producer Megan Hanley. The award allows the successful recipient a chance to connect with other D.R.E.A.M. enthusiasts and experience a different international environment. They learn from and inspire others while establishing a sense of personal development.
D.R.E.A.M. International Scholarships between D.R.E.A.M. NZ and Australia
Photo L to R: D.R.E.A.M. Scholarship Winners Joel (14) &
Malachi (13) Dean with Emanuel Duku (11) from MWWRC