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Loreto students who were among the top Drama prizewinners at the 2010 Coleraine Festival - View Full Size Image
Loreto students who were among the top Drama prizewinners at the 2010 Coleraine Festival

Five outstanding Drama students from Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, have taken top awards at the annual Coleraine Festival.

Elizabeth Lane, who is in Year 14 at Loreto College, and who is studying Theatre Studies among her A level subjects, having taken the lead role in several College productions, took first place in two classes in the Coleraine Festival: Solo Drama 16-18, and Duologue 16-18. She took third place among all Senior Prizewinners in the entire Festival a category for which nomination itself was an honour.

Year 12 student Angus Dinsmore, who hopes to study Theatre Studies among his A levels next year, took an impressive array of first prizes at the Festival, winning the Solo Drama 14-15 competition and the Solo Shakespeare competition in the same age group. Angus also won the award for the Best Overall Solo Drama performer in the entire Festival a tremendous achievement.

Ben Levy, who is in Year 10 and looking forward to the challenges of a timetable including GCSE Drama next year, won the Favourite Poem class in the 14-15 age group. Ben also won the Festival Bursary for the Most Promising Actor in his age group, and is clearly a talent to watch out for in the years ahead.

Lucas Levy, currently in Year 9 and a Junior Drama enthusiast at Loreto, was not to be outdone by his older brother: Lucas took first place in the Favourite Poem and Solo Drama classes in the 12-13 age group, and won the Junior Festival Cup for his outstanding performances.

Finally, Year 8 student Rhianna Gardiner, another extremely enthusiastic participant in Junior Drama at Loreto, won two first place awards, in the Prose Unseen and Duologue classes at 12-13 level.

All five students were congratulated on these superb achievements, and for their tremendous enthusiasm for Drama, by Mrs Oonah McEwan, Head of Drama at Loreto College, and by Mr Brian Lenehan, College Principal, on behalf of all the staff and students of the school.