"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio," but not for these two.
Two of Lithgow High School's Shakespeare enthusiasts recently won through to the State Secondary Shakespeare Carnival, run by Jove Theatre.
At the regional carnival, held in Penrith recently, Milo Michel and Darcie Daniel won the duologue section with a scene from Hamlet.
The winners of each category were invited to the State event, held on June 29-30. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments (one of which is the school's musical production, 'Grease'), the duo will not progress to the state carnival.
It was Milo's second invitation to State to perform a duologue from Hamlet. Last year, Milo attended the University of Sydney's Seymour Centre alongside classmate Ashley Berg.
"You have to learn to work in that big space - projecting and engaging an entire audience in a space that is so massive," Milo said.
It was a unique opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and really "perfect your piece", Milo said.
"This was the first piece I ever did from Shakespeare, and it's one of my favourites.
"It's a scene that takes the characters through the full arc of emotions in a very short time."
For Darcie, performing at regionals brought her in front of her largest audience, which she found a little intimidating, but enjoyed the experience. She hopes to return next year, but it will have to be with a new partner, as Milo is currently completing Year 12.
Darcie will be taking part in the NSW Public Schools State Drama Camp this weekend, at which she hoped to improve "basically everything" about her stage skills.
As a budding film-maker, she said she was particularly looking forward to the opportunity to take part in a scriptwriting workshop, which she hoped would allow her to write her own screenplay.