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Tall Poppies Drama School Changes Hands

Del Costello announces today that her business, based in Palmerston North has been sold.

The new vendor Carmen Wilson will take over from the 28th September 2017.


"It's been a huge decision to pass Tall Poppies over to someone else. My family and I are shifting to Auckland at the end of the year I had hoped that the right person would come along. Carmen is just the perfect fit. It is an exciting time for us all".


Del Costello set up the business in Palmerston North 11 years ago with a vision of inspiring confidence and imagination in the youth of the region and the business is now a major provider in the extra-curricular market. Each week they teach over 250 students, provide holiday programmes , extension courses and qualifications through Speech New Zealand and Trinity College, London.


Carmen Wilson is a Palmerston North local who has worked alongside Del and the Tall Poppies team for the last 2.5 years. She has helped in the development and also delivered the whole range Tall Poppies  programmes during her time at Tall Poppies. Her experience in the business is complemented by her extensive performance and writing skills. Carmen is a trained teacher and she is in the final stages of completing her LSB Speech and Drama with Speech NZ. She is an associate member of the Speech Communication Association NZ, the registered body for Speech and Drama teachers. She will be running the business alongside her partner Andrew Spicer.


Del will continue to teach some classes and support Carmen in the transition until the end of 2017 and she will continue to deliver all the services offered by her other business, The Speaking Company, which caters for the business and corporate market in the region. 

"I want to thank all the people that have made Tall Poppies possible, students, parents and arts professionals in the region.  The Speaking Company has a wide range of school, corporate and adult clients in the region and I will continue to work with them from my Palmerston North based office” says Del Costello.


For more information please contact:

Del Costello


or Carmen Wilson





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