Top Class

Top Class

Talented Theatre Studies student Madeline will take to the stage at the prestigious Top Class Theatre Studies concert at the Melbourne Arts Centre’s Playhouse Theatre on 13 March.


Madeline, who is doing VCE this year, and Theatre Studies classmates Billie and Scarlett, were all invited to audition out of a field of 17,000 Victorian theatre studies students as part of the 2018 Season of Excellence with Madeline one of 25 students chosen.

 “Only Seventy-four students of those students were asked to audition, so to have 3 from our class of 12 chosen, was really quite amazing!” says Madeline, who will perform her 5-minute monologue from “The Woman in Black: A Ghost Play’ from the Susan Hill novel and adapted by Stephen Mallatratt.

“We needed to earn an A+ on our assessment to be invited to audition so just making the audition stage was really exciting”.

Also earning Top Class honours were three more outstanding students - Emily, Kristina and Josephine - hand-picked from Victoria’s top Creative and Digital Media students to have their work from 2018 exhibited in the Top Designs exhibition held from 30 March to 14 July at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton.

The Season of Excellence, created by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), showcases a sample of outstanding VCE work from the previous year in a series of concerts, exhibitions, film screenings and presentations held from February to June for the benefit of current VCE students and teachers.

Madeline says she has a lot of people to thank for her selection for Top Class Playhouse Theatre Performance including Jimmy Campbell and Chris Bateson from our Property Services team for building a full sized door to be used on stage for the monologue, Vice Principal Jo Frost for her support during the holidays to make the 24 January audition happen and, at the top of her list, her Theatre Studies teacher Claire Wearne.

“Ms Wearne has been such an influential person in my life,” says Madeline who adds the same much-loved teacher also drove the truck containing her set to her audition at VCAA’s Coburg office “I really admire her and the support that she provides for her students.”

“Ms Wearne guided us all through every stage and I can’t thank her enough,” says Madeline who first became involved in theatre doing hair and make-up back stage in her first year at Mentone Girls’ Grammar in Year 8.

“The Performing Arts program here at Mentone Girls’ is fantastic,” says Madeline, “Very different from where I’d been so I don’t think I would have been able to have this experience if I hadn’t come to this school.

“More than anything I am really looking forward to having the experience of performing in a theatre like the Playhouse,” adds Madeline whose dream job would be to combine performing arts with her passion for storytelling.

But for now, it’s back to the books and her Year 12 studies that also include Chinese, Maths Methods and English Literature.

Ticketing and venue information is available on the VCAA website at