Marlborough teen director’s new project
1:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Aspiring director Tessa Ellison is taking on a challenging project to singlehandedly organise a production of the farce Tom, Dick and Harry.
The 19-year-old of Franklyn Acre, Marlborough, is hoping to study directing at university and decided to direct, produce and stage the play at her former school, St John’s.
Tessa applied for a grant from the Kempson Rosedale Trust, which funds gap year projects, and was awarded £700 towards the project.
She said: “I think this project will enhance my chances of getting onto a top course.
“The Kempson Rosedale Trust usually gives money to people who are travelling but they gave me a grant and I’m going to fundraise to raise the rest of the money.
“I went to St John’s to see if I could use their theatre and they’ve given me a discount for two nights in February, which is great because it’s a really good theatre.”
Tessa is no stranger to the stage, having performed in plays at St John’s since she was in Year 7. She directed the last two musicals at the school, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Grease.
She said: “I’m used to directing but when I was directing at St John’s things would get sorted without me even realising, like the staging.
“Also, the productions at St John’s were musicals and I’m quite comfortable with directing those but this is a farce so it’s quite different.”
The next phase of the project is to find a cast for the production and Tessa is holding auditions on November 3 from noon at St Mary’s Church Hall. To get involved, call her on 07455 294870 or email email@example.com