Young artist awarded

YOUNG performer John Sharp, a graduate of Assumption College Kilmore, was recognised as a young emerging artist after he was the winner of a Georgy Award.

it is the third time Mr Sharp has won a Georgy Award, but the first time as Emerging Young Artist.

The awards are named in memory George Pullar, who was involved in all facets of theatre in Shepparton and district in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mr Sharp said he was hopeful he would be a successful contestant to win the award.

“To win the award, you needed to be in your last year of schooling, with a past in participating and assisting in community and school theatre,” he said.

“You also needed to outline a clear idea of how you’d use the prize money in a way that furthered your artistic studies.

“Although I’m not sure how many others applied, I know the award is very desirable for graduates around the community.

“I was very, very hopeful – probably to a fault, so I was very glad when I found out.”

Even at a young age, Mr Sharp said he had many highlights to his career so far.

“I’ve had many highlights of my musical career, but the ones that come to mind is last year and the year before when I won Georgy Awards for my roles in Seymour Performers’ Workshop’s Footloose and Grease, respectively,” he said.

“Next year I’m hoping to go to university for studying either musical theatre or music composition, using my prize money to purchase a laptop to help with my studies.

“A special thank you to Seymour Performers’ Workshop, Broadford Amateur Theatrical Society and Assumption College Kilmore and people involved at those companies for always giving me opportunities and chances.”

For more information on the Georgy Awards or to view a list of previous winners, visit www.georgyawards.org.au.