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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Tassie trio for NIDA

The Mercury: Tassie trio for NIDA [15dec05]

THREE young Tasmanians are about to start at the most prestigious drama institute in Australia.

Brad Kannegiesser, 18, Holly Woollard, 18, and Thomas Brickhill, 19, who have been accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art, leave for Sydney next month and hope to move in together.

Brad, a Rosny College graduate, auditioned last year for the acting course and, although unsuccessful, he was short-listed.

"It encouraged me to work harder and try again this year," said Brad, of Rose Bay, who was with the Helen O'Grady Children's Drama Academy for ten years.

"I have always enjoyed acting and it's always been a big part of my life.

"I never thought I'd get this far so soon."

He said he chose Rosny College because "it has a great acting department and it has a history of students who have gone on to NIDA and then bigger things".

Hobart College graduate Holly and Launceston College graduate Thomas, are preparing to study technical production.

Thomas, of Trevallyn, said: "It's been a life-long obsession that's finally paying off.

"I'm really excited because it's tough to get in NIDA, it hard to believe I'm in."

Thomas will study sound design.

This year NIDA had 1824 applicants -- 39 from Tasmania. Last year they had 1979 applicants -- 59 were Tasmanians, and only one of them was successful.

The most well-known Tasmanian NIDA graduates are Freya Stafford, who graduated from the acting course in 2000, and Essie Davis, who graduated from the acting course in 1992.


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