TALENT TIME: The Cathedral School?s talented dramatist, Sabeena Manalis, 14, does a quick rendition of her Kylie Mole impersona
TALENT TIME: The Cathedral School?s talented dramatist, Sabeena Manalis, 14, does a quick rendition of her Kylie Mole impersona

Teen impresses acting judges



WITH gum wrapped around her finger and freckles drawn on her face, 14-year-old Grafton student Sabeena Manalis won the top prize in an acting competition on the weekend.

Impersonating Kylie Mole, the Cathedral School student was one of the youngest entrants and beat hundreds of other budding actors to make it into the finals of the competition, held in conjunction with the Newcastle Film Festival.

Sabeena was one of six finalists, who each performed a monologue in front of three judges. It was then filmed, edited and shown during the festival award ceremony on Sunday night.

"At first I saw the ages of the other people and I thought 'oh well at least it was a good experience', because they were all older so I didn't I had a chance," Sabeena said.

"But when they called

'I'd love to go to performing arts school.'

Sabeena Manalis

my name out all my family screamed and ... it was really exciting."

Sabeena won a year's listing with Paradox casting agency as well as acting lessons.

And with an ultimate goal of being an actor, winning the contest brings her one step closer to that dream career.

"I play music and dance as well so I'd love to go to a performing arts school in Sydney one day ... or maybe go to NIDA."



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