Makenzi ready to take on world

Published 7:00am 18 September 2021

Makenzi ready to take on world
Words by Nick Crockford

Mango Hill teenager Makenzi Goodwin has been selected for the globe’s biggest acting showcase, which will be shown live next week.

The 14-year-old has two entries through to the Australian Regional Finals of the World Monologue Games.

She will perform her monologues during the livestreamed regional finals on Saturday September 25 from 9pm.

Public voting will then be open for 48 hours with the winners of six categories vying for $5000 in the global finals.

'So excited'

“I’m so excited that I get to compete for my country doing what I love,” the St Benedict’s College student said.

“It’s really fantastic to be part of this amazing event. And, to have both of my entries make the regionals was an added bonus.”

Makenzi’s first monologue to be selected is a piece written by American Playwright Tara Meddaugh about a teenage girl being called into the principle’s office after she was pushed to breaking point by another student.

“This is such a great piece to perform,” she said. “I was able to take full control of the character and really had a lot of fun putting this piece together.

Makenzi ready to take on world

Felt connection

“There is a bit of a comical side to the script which made it different and interesting to explore.”

Her second monologue is a more dramatic piece about a 16-year-old imploring her mother to listen to her and understand how dedicated she is to figure skating.

“I felt a connection to this piece the minute I read it,” Makenzi said, “I am also dedicated and passionate about my performing and so I felt I related to the character in this monologue.

“It was a great contrast to my first piece and I wanted to show my versatility as an actor.”

51 countries

World Monologue Games was set up last year by Aussie Pete Malicki, who wanted a lockdown-friendly platform for performers.

Malicki said “It’s definitely special to have our second season take place in an Olympics year.

“We have the best performers from 51 countries getting together to show the world what they’re made of. I’m not sure where else you can see such a diverse range in the same place.”

View the event timeline at https://monologues.com.au/WMG-timeline

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