Youth Awards for Performing Arts and Literature

Young people are encouraged to participate in a number of awards being run by both the Mudgee Performing Arts Society and Mudgee Valley Writers in the next six to eight months.

The prizes for the awards in each category are provided by the estate of Norman McVicker OAM. The award is given in memory of Norman’s passions in theatre and writing. He spent his life involved in writing and producing theatrical plays and writing articles about Australian and local Mudgee history. Now he has left ongoing legacies in his Will to be used to encourage young people to write, and to become involved in the performing arts.

Mudgee Valley Writers will host a literary competition of Short Stories and Poetry by young people 22 years of age and under. The initial competition will have a closing date of 29th February 2016. Prizes for each section will be $800 for First Place, $200 for Second and $100 for Third. Highly Commended and Commended Certificates will also be awarded. If the initial competition is successful it will become an annual event.

Entry forms and all details are on this website.

Mudgee Performing Arts Society will use Norman’s legacy to offer a scholarship to the value of $1500 to attend a NIDA course, or equivalent. This would be awarded to an interested young person 16 – 25 years of age, not necessarily to a student.

A further $500 will be awarded as prize money for participants in the Short Shorts Play Festival at Mudgee Town Hall Theatre on 28th and 29th August. The Cudgegong Youth Theatre is already working towards this production and will feature short plays written, directed and performed by local youth.

Anyone interested in this should join Sam Paine at The Stables in Mudgee on Monday afternoons, from the end of school till 5pm. There is no charge to participate. Sam will have application forms available.

Norman McVicker
Norman McVicker