Stu­dents rock to the com­ing apoca­lypse

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

It’s aMACat­tack!

Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dents will rock on for real when their bi­en­nial mu­si­cal, Rock Apoca­lypse, opens next Wed­nes­day.

Di­rected by the school’s head of drama, Emily McCrae, the show is de­scribed as ‘‘a rock’n’roll party, which is a par­ody and tongue-in-cheek trib­ute to hor­ror and sci-fi B-grade movies from the 1950s to the present day’’.

About 110 stu­dents are tak­ing part in this piece of pure pas­tiche that im­i­tates their grand­par­ents’ era, ethos and mu­sic.

‘‘But it doesn’t mat­ter if you don’t recog­nise some of the lines, or get the jokes or the con­text, it’s still en­ter­tain­ing,’’ McCrae says.

A stu­dent-led orches­tra, a chore­o­graphic and tech­ni­cal team along with key staff mem­bers will stage this big, am­bi­tious pro­duc­tion, where the au­di­ence is taken on a strange jour­ney, with a mega­lo­ma­niac ex-rock’n’roll su­per­star who wants to take over the world, a bunch of zom­bies and an in­no­cent but trou­bled mar­ried cou­ple.

Orig­i­nat­ing in the UK, Rock Apoca­lypse was com­posed by Si­mon Haynes and writ­ten by Adrian Cross.

in­cludes: front row, Ella Glynn (kneel­ing), Louis Hughes (ly­ing),

Photo: MARY-JO TO­HILL

What: Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dents per­form Rock Apoca­lypse When: June 25-28 at 7pm Where: Lake Wanaka Cen­tre Tick­ets: $25 Adults, $10 chil­dren and avail­able at the Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege of­fice Rolling: The Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege cast ofRock Apoca­lypse and Cal­lum Rennie (wheel chair). Sec­ond row, John Steven (chair), Brynee Wil­son (chainsaw), Car­line Richter (gun) and Lewis Brooks (white coat). Third row, Ge­orge Daven­port, Ais­linn Faulkner, Amy Jolly, Ellesse An­drews, Erina Ta­mati, Erica Ayres, Jenaya Wilkin­son, Macken­zie Ayres and Ella Moore. Back Row, Na­iamh Sch­mack, Leo Munro-He­ward and Em­i­lie Bar­nett.

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