North Reading High School senior Janelle Yull won first place in the 2013 Doug Ingalls Audition Scholarship through the Massachusetts Educational Drama Guild after performing along with 100 other hopefuls. She will perform her audition monologues on the John Hancock stage in Boston in March.
Around 100 students competed for the audition scholarship in late December at St. John's Prep. The students performed two contrasting monologues in front of judges and the other competitors. Yull performed monologues from 2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron and Shape of a Girl by Joan MacKleod.
"It was a fun experience, it was really enjoyable,” Yull said.
She says she "knows the process of waiting," which eased her nerves and allowed her to focus on the character and monologue. She found out that she won the scholarship while shopping at the Apple Store in the Burlington Mall, and was thrilled.
"Since her Freshman year, Janelle has been pasionate about theatre. She really listens to direction and takes constructive critisism to heart," Director Alison Kane said. "She has the ablity to convey emotions and the inner workings of a character that seems effortless but in reality. Janelle spends hours working and reworking lines and blocking to get it just right. She is a true professional and has a very promising future in the performing arts."
Yull will perform the audition monologues on the John Hancock stage in March during the states round of the Drama Festival. She will use the scholarship when she attends college in the fall. She plans to apply to schools such as Emerson, New York University and Carnegie Mellon. She has already been accepted into a two year certificate program at the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York City.