By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
ALEX Upton's performance was a class act in Brisbane recently ? he topped the state in his acting skills.
Alex, 17, took the Grade 8 Acting Skills trophy at the Trinity College (London and the Guild Hall) presentation evening.
Grade 8 is the highest grade in the presentations, demanding great skill just to get a pass.
But the former Tannum Sands State High School student is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
He knows the acting scene is heavily contested so he is on his way to completing an electrical apprenticeship.
"After that I will put to-gether a performance resume and go out to meet people and make contacts toward getting an acting career,'' he said.
To earn the trophy Alex had to perform four characters contrasting in voice and physical appearance and in style and period, from contemporary to Shakespeare.
"He will become one of the best actors in Australia,'' predicted his teacher, Pauline Cattell, a Fellow of Trinity College, London.