HARRY Potter star Evanna Lynch, whose father hails from Limerick, has called on local schools to enter the Student Theatre Awards.
Ms Lynch launched the awards which were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to “recognise and reward participation in drama in schools across Ireland” and winning schools will share in a prize fund of up to €10,000.
The awards are open to primary school students from 3rd to 6th class, and secondary school students at all levels.
This year’s awards have been expanded and will feature 11 categories including best performance in a leading role, best director, best musical, best costumes and best set design.
“I think it’s really important that creative talent is supported from a young age and these awards will give students across Ireland the chance to be recognised for all their hard work,” said Evanna, who starred as Luna Lovegood in the Potter series and whose father hails from Murroe.
“As a young actress, I first became interested in acting at school and I would have loved to have taken part in something like this when I was a student.
“I am really looking forward to judging the awards early next year and would like to wish everyone taking part in Limerick the very best of luck,” she added.
Closing date for entries is January 12, 2015. To enter and for more details, see www.bgesta.ie.