Rodney Times : November 9th 2010
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Hopper Developments Ltd Phone now on 09 427 0090 or 0800 629 476 65 Tauranga Place, Orewa www.maygroveorewa.co.nz an easier lifestyle? Apartments from $220,000 Maygrove Art Group's Art Exhibition Friday 12th November 10am - 7pm Saturday 13th November 10am - 4pm Sights on New York By DEBRA HUNT Rising star: Heather Wilcock won the Best Supporting Female in a Musical award at the AMI Showdown awards this month and has just been announced as a performer at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park. THE future s bright for actress and singer-songwriter Heather Wilcock. She won the AMI Showdown award for Best Supporting Female in a Musical during a glamorous ceremony at SkyCity on October 27. Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has announced Heather will per- form to a nationwide television audience on December 11 at the Auckland Domain where she will perform alongside Frankie Stevens and Jackie Clark. She was also named Orewa Col- lege Performer of the Year earlier this month. To top if off the 16-year-old has been accepted into the prestigious New York Film Academy, winning a US$6000 scholarship. Her performance as Rizzo in her high school production of Grease in August earned her the AMI Show- down award, which recognises out- standing secondary school theatre productions in Auckland. Heather wasn t expecting the win even though the show, and her per- formance in particular, received great feedback. A lot of the award winners had prepared speeches, but I was just jumping up and down on stage, I was so excited. Auditioning is never easy for Heather who s been performing since the age of three. I still get nervous. I get this awful nervous rash before I go on stage. She says auditions for the New York Film Academy and Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park were nerve- racking , and she just about cried when the academy told her she was in. Just being accepted is huge for me, she says. Heather says a potential barrier to the NYFA course is its cost of US$30,000 a year. It s definitely money-dependent, and on top of the tuition fees there are living costs. The cheapest accommodation NYFA can offer is US$1500 a month. So I m thinking up all sorts of ways to fundraise the money. Centrestage Theatre and Boule- vard of Dreams in Orewa have offered Heather free venue use to hold fundraising performances. Heather is also approaching busi- nesses and other potential sponsors. She is available to sing at functions and special occasions like weddings. Heather will fit her fundraising activities around school work and rehearsals -- she is playing Beth in Centrestage s upcoming production of Little Women. Heather has a Facebook group, Heather-Lee, so fans can keep up with her latest events and achievements. CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK You can hear Heather, singer- songwriter Juliagrace of Kau- kapakapa and Amber Johnson, 15, of Stanmore Bay at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park on Satur- day, December 11, from 7.30pm at the Auckland Domain. Amber has been singing since the age of eight and is involved in the choir and plays alto sax in school bands. She has also performed in Music Hall, The Railway Children, High School Musical and The Boyfriend combining her love of performing, dancing and acting. Mother-of-two Juliagrace received a New Zealand Music Award for Best Gospel/Christian Album in 2006 and has had four number one hits on national Christian radio. This year she released her album Beautiful Survivor. Sound of success: Listen to Heather Wilcock, Orewa's next big star, at www.rodneytimes. co.nz or watch her online at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=YlK13HgDFls.
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