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Why Makenzi’s speaking to the world

Posted: 2pm 17 Aug 2020

Makenzi Goodwin’s passion for performing has led the Mango Hill teenager to a new global audience in the World Monologue Games.

The 13-year-old who goes to St Benedict’s College, is in the regional finals after submitting her entry along with competitors from more than 80 countries.

Makenzi’s entry was about a challenged teen who was having a hard time coping at school and found herself in detention again.

She read through many different monologues, but says this one felt right and relevant.

Makenzi Goodwin performing in the Celebration of One Act Plays and Monologues at ROAR Academy.

Going live

Her regional final will be live streamed on September 18 at 7.30pm. There will be a 48-hour voting window for the public viewers’ choice.

“I really loved performing this piece,” she said, “It enabled me to use more dramatic skills and delve into more emotional drama than I’m used to performing

“My drama teachers at ROAR Academy suggested I submit an entry and I’m so thankful they did. They have been a great support during the whole process. I’m so excited to be competing for my country. It’s an honour to be selected.”

The World Monologue Games is in its first year and has attracted thousands of international performers.

Massive response

Founder Pete Malicki, from Sydney, launched the event after COVID-19 devasted the arts and entertainment industry.

“I wanted to create an opportunity for actors around the world to show how resilient they are,” he says, “the response was massive. I’m not sure if this many actors have participated in one event before.”

The regional finals will be live streamed this month and in September with the winners of each competing in the Global Finals in front of hundreds of thousands of performing arts fans.

For more on the monologue games or to sign up as a fan visit monologues.com.au/WMG

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