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I first met Stevie in 2009 when she auditioned for Goldilocks and the Three Bears for the Otaki Players Society. Unfortunately she was too young for that show but she had got the bug and was back auditioning for a part in The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents in 2013.
I was impressed with Stevie ‘s confidence and acting skills, plus, the fact that she could sing. She did a superb job in the role of Peaches, one of the Rats.
Since then she has been in two other shows that I have directed, Whistle down the Wind in 2015, and last year 2016 in Bugsy Malone. In Bugsy, Stevie played one of Fat Sam’s girls and then at late notice filled in as one of the comedic policemen, O’ Dreary. She did such a fantastic job she stole the show. She also demonstrated her ability to work hard and take direction.
This year 2017 I have the pleasure of being onstage with Stevie in the play Homeland written by Gary Henderson where she is playing the part of Sophie. The role is perfect for Stevie as she has been able to demonstrate her full range of acting skills. The level of characterization she has developed belies her age and she has added a freshness and interest to the play that is uniquely her own.
On a personal level I find Stevie positive, pleasant and lots of fun. I would recommend Stevie in any future roles that she is keen to take on.
Letter of recommendation for Stevie Metin
February 16, 2018
To Whom it May Concern:
I met and got to know Stevie during the production of a successful play in Kapiti and I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for her.
As a long time participant and director in community theatre I saw Stevie perform in an earlier show and was struct by her outstanding stage presence and charter. So much so that over a year later I specifically tracked her down to audition in my production of Home Land.
The role was demanding in it's size and emotional complexity. Stevie played the part of a teenager among five other adults in an intense, moving and humorous study on family and ageing in New Zealand.
Amongst the huge positive feedback we received was a lot of compliments about Stevie's performance and surprise at her age. The playwright himself was impressed and noted the role was usually played by an older actor playing down.
To get through a tough rehearsal schedule and perform like that requires a lot of attributes: Self discipline and time management, memorization skills, team work and corporation, communication, a capacity to take and follow direction, emotional maturity an the ability to get along with a variety of different people.
Stevie brought all of that along with a friendly and very well-spoken nature. It was a pleasure to work with her as a part of the team.
I find I'm looking at scripts with half an eye as to whether I could cast Stevie again, and if she were to apply for work within my plastering company I would certainly try to find her a position.
So would I recommend her as an employee based on her character?
I definalty would.