Character building is fun for Kellyville High School student

Drama is a regular part of Jessica Gosling's life.

The Kellyville High School year 12 student was thrilled to be selected for the Department of Education and Communities state drama ensemble after a demanding audition process.

She will appear as two very different parents in the Australian Theatre for Young People production Cyberbile at Sydney's Wharf Theatre in June.

"I was so surprised I got in because it's the first thing I've done apart from school productions," she said.

"There was a lot of pressure because improvisation is very challenging, and we had to do heaps of improvisation.

"It's fun though, I love it."

Cyberbile features monologues from parents, teachers and students about bullying.

"For parents who come and see it, it's probably going to be a wake-up call," she said.

"There are some characters in it that are so heartbreaking to listen to what they have to say, parents watching may think 'What if that's happening to my child?'

"One of the parents I play is very glamorous.

"She's very shocked that her child is a cyber bully because it's like 'My daughter is supposed to be a princess', you know.

"My other parent is a lot more grounded."

Jessica also played the lead role in her school's production about Facebook bullying, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.

The original play was written by her drama teacher Cathryn Ricketts, and published by AustraliaPlays and Oz Script. Jessica will forever be credited in print as an original cast member.

Three of the 24 students chosen for the state drama ensemble are from Kellyville High School.

Year 10 students Jacob Mckensie and Jack Clark are also members.

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