Kelly Petersen : Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (BA/BSC)

Kelly Petersen

Theatre

Kelly is currently a third year at the University of Waikato, thoroughly enjoying the challenges and diversity of balancing both science, and the arts. Her love for study, and the infectious enthusiasm she has for every opportunity grew throughout her education at Matamata College. After representing the school as Head Girl, and later being named Dux of 2014, she couldn’t wait to begin exploring theatre and biochemistry in the world of tertiary education! As a theatre scholar, Kelly was fortunate enough to be involved in a range of fantastic productions throughout 2016. The year began with “Life Music”. Directed by Gaye Poole, this original verbatim piece was performed as a part of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. In September, she acted as the bubbly Maddie in “CrockPot” with Small Dynamite, and was also a part of the all-inclusive children’s show, for kids with disabilities, that was a part of a Masters student’s thesis. In November, she played Moth in Carving In Ice’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. Kelly found it very beneficial and rewarding being able to work with a variety of directors, and in a variety of genres. She hopes to be able to continue to grow her performance skills over 2017. The highlights of her acting career have been bringing Shakespeare’s plays to life. Her passion for Shakespeare was born when she was given the opportunity to travel to The Globe Theatre in London as a part of the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company 2015. The troupe performed “As You Like It” on this prestigious stage, and received invaluable mentoring from professionals leading the dramatic field. It was this experience that made her realise what an impact William Shakespeare has had in the world of theatre, and how timeless his plays are. Over the past few years she has been involved in, “As You Like It”, “Antony and Cleopatra”, “The Merchant of venice”, “Julius Caesar”, “Henry V”, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, and “Macbeth”, and would love to continue making Shakespeare accessible and enjoyable for modern audiences. Kelly is currently working on a piece for the Gallagher Academy of Performing Art’s International Women’s Day Celebrations that will take place on the 8th March. She is also especially excited to be a part of the cast of Musikmakers’ “Legally Blonde” (directed by Mel Martin) which runs from May 20th-June 3rd. She is looking forward to taking on the challenge of dancing, and extending her knowledge and experience in acting and singing.

Achievements

Performed in "Legally Blonde: The Musical" - 03/06/2017

I played Kate and Chutney in the Riverlea season of Musikmakers "Legally Blonde: The Musical". 

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