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Tuesday 16 June 2009 @ 15:55 - GMT

Yesterday Fidelity FutureStage Playwriting Contest winner Madeline Hendricks headed to Broadway's Imperial Theatre to see her play produced by the Tony-winning creative team of Billy Elliot the Musical. Hendricks had the opportunity to celebrate by meeting Elton, Billy Elliot the Musical composer and honorary chairperson of Fidelity FutureStage.

The Fidelity FutureStage Playwriting Contest, a joint initiative of Fidelity Investments and Billy Elliot the Musical, was created to give students throughout the New York City metro area encouragement and opportunity to participate in the theater arts. Young people were invited to write a 10-minute, one-act play reflecting one of the themes from the story of Billy Elliot: fulfilling a dream, discovering a special talent or overcoming adversity.

Hendricks, a 17-year old junior at Mamaronack High School in Westchester, won the competition with Driver's Education, a comedic character study about a chatty cab driver, his daughter, and some interesting passengers who teach them important life lessons. Driver's Education was performed at the Imperial Theatre, home of the Billy Elliot stage show, on June 15, as part of the Fidelity FutureStage Finale event, hosted by Queen Latifah.

"I can't imagine what it's going to be like to see my play on Broadway. I might fall over in the theater," said Hendricks.

Hendricks' play was actually inspired by a cab ride en route to see her older sister perform in a play at New York's Tisch School of the Arts. Hendricks will also be attending college for theater this fall.

More than 500 plays were submitted to the Fidelity FutureStage Playwriting Contest.

Hendrick's winning play was selected by a panel representing Billy Elliot the Musical including Lee Hall and Gregory Jbara.

Below are Elton and Madeline.


Elton John and Madeline Hendricks (© Lyn Hughes)
Elton  and Madeline