|Lizzy’s Star Shines in Speaking and Drama - 22 February 2017|
Year 11 student Lizzy Aboud’s passion for drama began when she was a shy youngster, enrolling in speaking classes to build her confidence. Now she has topped the state in The Australian College of Music Speaking and Communicating exam for the fourth time.
In November last year, Lizzy was awarded an outstanding score of 93 out of a possible 100 in the Grade 6 exam, outstripping all other competitors in Queensland. The exam involved both unscripted discussion with the examiner and a prepared oral. It was Lizzy’s confidence and maturity in the discussion and her inclusion of dramatic details in the oral that wowed the judge.
The inclusion of poetry, truthful characterisation, mood, and facial expression dramatised Lizzy’s oral and won the praise of the examiner, who commented, “This was a magical performance!”
At Lourdes Hill College, Lizzy studies both OP Drama and Drama in Practice. She exudes passion and poise in her drama studies, and acknowledges that, “my confidence has grown a lot.”
She says, “There is always a benefit to being able to speak clearly and confidently in front of other people. In Drama and Drama in Practice there’s also the opportunity for creativity and being able to engage with others.
“There shouldn’t be the perception that Drama subjects are not challenging – they develop you and prepare you for life.”
Lizzy has certainly met the challenges of building her confidence, maturity and charisma through speaking and drama. These are qualities that will support her future success, whether or not she takes the examiner’s feedback that she is, “A very talented young lady who should follow an acting career!”
Lizzy will be recognised for her top achievement in an awards ceremony on 17 March.
Arts Faculty Coordinator