Stage Challenge time once more
The ASB Stage Challenge will this year be marking its 21st birthday as New Zealand’s largest and longest running youth performing arts event.
The event starts, along with J Rock, in Dunedin and finishes in Auckland in early July.
It is part of a nationwide tour involving 16,000 participants from 200 schools.
Event manager Sarah-Jane Phillips believes the best part about the event is that it gives students the chance to experience the natural high that comes from performing on stage in front of thousands of people.
‘‘Stage Challenge gives students the opportunity to make positive decisions in several areas of their lives and allows them to have fun with their friends while doing so.’’
The event helps promotes key messages such as attending school regularly, goal setting, staying fit and healthy, and having fun without tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
It can also provide scope for teachers to use materials in dance, drama or woodwork.
The competition is judged on two divisions: the RAW division and open division.
The RAW division provides a way for schools to ‘‘ease into’’ the stage challenge. This category excludes the use of sets and instead focuses on the dance and drama aspects of the performance.
Stage Challenge producer Helen Sjoquist is delighted with howthe way the event has grown over the past 21 years.
‘‘More than 250,000 students have been part of the event and I am proud to witness and hear about their accomplishments both at school and in their future careers.’’
The top schools from 2012 that will also be competing in 2013 are: Avondale College, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, (1st place open division); Mt Manganui College, St Cuthbert’s College (2nd place open division), Marist, Northcote College (3rd place open division). RAW division place-getters Macleans College (2nd place) and Rangitoto College (3rd place) will also be competing again.