Student Achievements

2016

  • ACTA student Christian Swan was cast in one of the two lead roles as Michael and Maddie McCarthy, Emma Herbert and Ella-Rose Cutfield were cast in the children’s ensemble of Auckland Theatre Company’s production of Billy Elliot, which opened the new Waterfront Theatre in Auckland.
  • ACTA Student Antonia Robinson was cast as Fredrika in Auckland Music Theatre’s production of A Little Night Music.
  • At the South Auckland Performing Arts Competitions ACTA student Arabella Patrick won the Vocal Festival Cup, taken across all ages and categories. Arabella received first placings in the Vocal Section – Vocal Solo, Song in Costume and Folk Song and second in Sacred and Scottish song which also won her the Margot Roberts Trophy for highest points in the 12 and under 14 years age group.
  • ACTA student Riley Druce was cast as Ryan and Ella Rose Cutfield as Head Cheerleader in NYTC’s production of High School Musical.
  • At the West Auckland Singing competitions Liam D’Souza received 3 firsts and 2 seconds winning the Vicky Martin Trophy. Lauren McMeiken was runner up in this category also. Ethan D’Souza received 2 firsts, 1 second and a VHC in his 4 starts and was runner up for the Margo Roberts Trophy. Arabella Patrick had 3 firsts and 2 seconds and won the Robert Freeman Memorial Cup and Gabby Copley gained 2 seconds in both classes she entered. All the students are taught singing by ACTAs Principal Doreen Donnell
  • ACTA Graduate Lucy Ingram was invited to perform at the Trinity College London professional development seminar “Word Play”. Lucy took part as one of three guest performers in a Musical Theatre Masterclass with well known artist, Lisa Chappell.
  • ACTA Graduate Hannah Burridge was cast as the lead role of Campbell in WAAPA’s upcoming production of “Bring It On” which was staged at the Regal Theatre in Perth in June.
  • ACTA students Lauren McMeiken, Kate Sampson, Sian Vaughn-Jones and previous ACTA students Jocelyn Scott, Geena & Max Hutton and Cameron Brownsey were all cast as lead roles in North Shore Music Theatre’ s youth production 13 – the Musical.

2015

  • ACTA Advanced Level 5 student Lauren McMeiken won the 16 and under 18 Sacred Oratorio and came second overall in her age group at the 2015 NZ Aria Competition held in Rotorua.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 4 student Amélie James-Power won the 10 and under 12 age group at the NZ Aria Competition held in Rotorua.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 5 student Riley Druce and Advanced Level 4 student Emily Mason were cast in lead roles in Centrestage Theatre Company’s production of Bugsy Malone.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 4 student Arabella Patrick was awarded the Margo Roberts Trophy for gaining the highest marks in her age group with four first placings from her four entries in the West Auckland Singing Competitions.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 5 student Lauren McMeiken was awarded the highest mark in New Zealand for her Trinity College of London Intermediate Certificate in Singing. (Tutor: ACTA Principal – Doreen Donnell)
  • ACTA graduate Catherine Campion graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Theatre (Hons)
  • Advanced Level 3 student Ethan D’Souza was cast as Chip in the Auckland Grammar School production of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Four ACTA students were cast as lead roles in Albany Junior High School’s production of “Hairspray”. Emily Caldelari-Hume (cast as Amber), Sian Vaughn-Jones (cast as Tracey Turnblad), Maddison Hunter (cast as Velma) and Kate Sampson (cast as Tracy Turnblad).
  • ACTA Advanced Level 4 student Christian Swan was cast as the lead role in Takapuna Grammar schools production of Oliver at the Bruce Mason Theatre.

 

2014

  • ACTA Advanced Level 2 student Maddie McCarthy won the Surpreme Arts Cup given to a year 6 student upon graduation from St Joseph’s School for outstanding contribution to the arts throughout their time at St Joseph’s.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 1 student Taylor Irvine won the Performing Arts award at Wainui School for Year 6 and Zoe Paul (Advanced Level 3) won the Performing Arts award for Year 7.
  • ACTA Advanced level 5 student Nicky Ingram won the Northcote College Top of the Year Prize in Drama (and Physics) also the Choir Cup (and Chemistry & Senior Science Cup) and a scholarship for Creativity, Originality and Individuality, Proxime Accessit and also the University of Auckland Scholarship.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 3 student Amelie James-Power won the Under 10yrs National Award at the NZ Aria Celebration of Song Competition in Rotorua.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 5 student Lauren McMeiken was the overall winner of the Under 16yrs section of the NZ Aria Celebration of Song Competition in Rotorua. Lauren won the Aria Trophy and also took out first place in the Musical Theatre section too.
  • Previous ACTA student Alys Holmes was offered a place to do a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) at both University of Queensland and the Brisbane Conservatorium!
  • ACTA Graduate Mark Strom released his first debut single “Won’t Give Up” with his LA band INNOVATE.
  • ACTA Graduate James Davies was cast as the new Black Power Ranger in the next Power Rangers movie being filmed in NZ.
  • Previous ACTA student Ben Holmes  gained nine 1st places, one 2nd place, Senior Shakespeare Award, Senior Oscar Wilde Award, Overall Senior Championship and overall Outstanding Stage Presence Award at the Brisbane Eisteddfods.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 4 student Alice Hanson was cast as the lead role Tina in Dolphin Theatre’s production of Ruthless the Musical.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 2 student Maddie McCarthy won the St Joseph’s speech competition and and the North Shore Speech Zone finals.
  • Previous ACTA student Jodie Bell was cast in NSMT’s production of Hairspray at Auckland Sky City Casino.
  • Alice Hanson was cast as lead role Ariel in Kristen school’s production of The Little Mermaid.
  • ACTA Advanced level 4 student Jocelyn Scott was cast as the lead role Ariel in NYTC’s production of The Little Mermaid.
  • ACTA Advanced level 3 students Scarlett Jacques & Lucy Taylor were cast as lead role Skuttle (the Seagull) in NYTC’s production of The Little Mermaid.
  • ACTA Advanced level 2 student David Shaw was cast as the lead role of Aladdin in Pinehurst Junior School musical.
  • From over 700 children who auditioned ACTA Advanced Level 4  students Antonia Robinson and Kate Sampson were cast as Brigitta and Louisa in the Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Ian, London Palladium production of The Sound of Music, opening at Wellington’s St James Theatre on 12 September 2014 and in Auckland on 3 October at The Civic Theatre.
  • From over 600 auditionees, ACTA Advanced Level 4  student Zoe Fifield was cast as the title role in UK based professional theatre company Lunchbox Theatrical Productions professional NZ tour of “Annie”
  • From over 600 auditionees ACTA Advanced Level 2 students Scarlett Jacques & Arabella Patrick, Advanced Level 4 students Sophie MacPherson, Kate Sampson, Jocelyn Scott, Alice Hanson, Advanced Level 5 students Ella Rose Cutfield, Lauren McMeiken, Hannew Jeong, and previous ACTA Advanced Level 4 student Geena Hutton were all cast as Orphans in UK based professional theatre company Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, professional NZ tour of “Annie”
  • ACTA Graduate Jodie Bell was cast as the lead role of Red Riding Hood in Rangitoto College’s production of “Into The Woods”

 

2013

  • ACTA Advanced Level 4 student Christian Swan received the highest mark in Australasia for the Level 5 – Urban Ignition Hip Hop exam. These results are taken from thousands of students who sit these examinations, in both NZ and Australia.
  •  ACTA Advanced Level 5 student Nicky Ingram was awarded the Northcote College Year 12 Drama Prize, together with the Year 12 prize in English, Mathematics and Physics!
  • ACTA Advanced Level 5 student Lauren McMeiken received the Year 9 2013 Performing Arts Prize at Diocesan School.
  • ACTA Graduate Hannah Burridge (taught by ACTA’s Artistic Director – Janine Donnell) was one of only 18 people accepted (from thousands of applicants) into the Musical Theatre Degree at WAAPA – one of the top musical theatre schools in the world!
  • ACTA Graduate Frances Ash (taught by ACTA’s Artistic Director – Janine Donnell) was awarded an Exhibition Award from Trinity College of London for gaining one of the highest marks in NZ for her Musical Theatre Performance Certificate.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 2 student Amelia Rose was asked to perform “Castle on a Cloud” at the NZ AIMES Awards Gala Dinner!
  • Lauren McMeiken, Zoe Fifield and Liam D’Souza (taught by ACTA Principal Doreen Donnell) all passed their Trinity College singing exams with Distinction (the highest pass mark that can be awarded). Lauren for her Grade 4 Singing Certificate, Zoe and Liam for their Singing Foundation Certificate.
  • ACTA graduate Hannah Burridge (taught by ACTA’s Artistic Director – Janine Donnell) passed her Trinity College London Performance Certificate in Musical Theatre with Distinction.
  • ACTA Advanced Level 5 student Lauren McMeiken (taught by ACTA Principal Doreen Donnell) was awarded the highest mark in NZ for her Singing Foundation Certificate.
  • Petrina Poe (taught by ACTA Principal Doreen Donnell) received the highest honour achievable in Singing, when she was awarded an FTCL in Singing. She was requested to sing at the Trinity College of London Graduation Ceremony.
  • ACTA graduates Devin Ashton and Hannah Burridge were asked to perform at the Trinity College of London Graduation ceremony to represent the NZ Trinity College Musical Theatre syllabus. Trinity College Representative Cathryn Tiley said “our visiting guest speaker Mary Ann Tear thought your performance was just great! As did we all!”
  • ACTA students together with Principal Doreen Donnell performed for the members of the 60’s Up Society in Takapuna, North Shore! Great to have the opportunity to give back and share with the community!
  • ACTA Advanced Level 5 student Lauren McMeiken (taught by ACTA’s Principal Doreen Donnell) was asked to be guest singer for the Trinity College, London Master Class with the wonderfully inspiring Trinity examiner Ralph McDonald and incredibly talented accompanist Claire Caldwell.
  • ACTA’s Artistic Director Janine Donnell won a NAPTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mrs Meers in NSMT’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

2012

  • The ACTA Performance Troupe was picked to perform “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” in the Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.
  • After the nationwide vote, ACTA Graduate Hannah Burridge won the More FM Xmas factor competition and ACTA student Zoe Fifield was runner up.
  • ACTA students performed in the Auckland Santa Parade as fairytale characters and Disney princes & princesses on the Whitcoulls Storytime Float.
  • ACTA students Zoe Fifield and Liam D’Souza were chosen as understudy singers to perform with  Conducter David Kay and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for the APO 4 Kids Christmas Concert.
  • ACTA Graduates & Guest Artist Devin Ashton, Sarah Moyne and Petrina Poe performed extracts from Sound of Music and West Side Story in the ASO “Stage to Screen Concert” (Town Hall / Bruce Mason Theatre) with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Thomas.
  • ACTA graduates Catherine Campion, Zoe Rogers and John Murphy (taught by ACTA’s Artistic Director Janine Donnell) all passed their ATCL Diploma in Musical Theatre with Distinction.
  • The ACTA Performance Troupe performed the “Movie Music Mania Show” at Westfield Albany.
  • Advanced Level 5 student Maddie Hay was cast as ‘Rosalia’ in Takapuna Grammar School’s upcoming performance of “West Side Story” at the Bruce Mason Centre.
  • Advanced Level 2 student Amelia Rose has been cast as Helena in her school’s production of “A KID-Summer Night’s Dream”
  • Catherine Campion and John Murphy (ACTA Graduates) have been accepted into La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore for their Musical Theatre Bachelor (Hons).
  • Ben Seaton (ACTA Graduate) has been accepted into WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) Degree in Perth, Australia.
  • Brittany Page (ACTA Graduate) will be doing work experience at Tring Performing Arts School, London for 2012.
  • Mark Strom (ACTA Graduate) was cast in the professional touring production of A Chorus Line.
  • Taylor Callaghan (ACTA Graduate) was awarded a scholarship to Trinity College, Melbourne University. He had to audition for the scholarship as well as achieve the school Baccalaureate diploma to get in.

2011

  • Zoe Fifield won a variety of awards at Coatesville Primary School’s 2011 end of year prize-giving, including the 2011 End of Year Trophy for Creativity, and the 2011 End of Year  Trophy for Language and the Arts.
  • Lauren McMeiken was awarded the Performing Arts Prize at Diocesan School’s 2011 end of year prize-giving.
  • Mark Strom (previous ACTA student) graduated from the 3 year WAAPA Musical Theatre Degree.
  • Catherine Campion (previous ACTA student) was accepted to the Musical Theatre Degree at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Ben Seaton (ACTA Graduate) and Zoe Fifield were cast in the ensemble of The Wizard of Oz at the Civic Theatre.
  • Devin Ashton (ACTA Graduate) will be playing the romantic lead role Nanki Poo in The Mikado at Orewa Centrestage.
  • Ben Seaton (ACTA Graduate) was cast as the principal role of Prince Charming in Takapuna Grammar Schools production of Into the Woods.
  • Zoe Rogers (ACTA Graduate) was cast in the ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar at Centre Stage, Orewa.
  • Lizzie Morris and Frances Ash (ACTA graduates) have both been awarded the principal roles, Alexandra and Sukie in Rangitoto College’s production of The Witches of Eastwick.
  • Brittany Page (ACTA Graduate) has been cast as the principal comedy lead Adelaide in the Westlake Boys and Girls production of Guys and Dolls.
  • Kimberley Bell (ACTA Graduate) has been cast as the principal romantic lead Sarah in Westlake Boys and Girls production of Guys and Dolls.