Stage Chal­lenge, J Rock re­turn­ing

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTERS

Ex­cite­ment has been steadily brew­ing for this year’s Stage Chal­lenge and J Rock na­tional tour. Stage Chal­lenge aims to give young Ki­wis the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their skills in dance, drama and de­sign in a dy­namic en­vi­ron­ment.

The 2017 tour will see 16,000 par­tic­i­pants from up to 200 schools per­form for an ar­ray of ti­tles.

Last year, Hamil­ton’s Sa­cred Heart Girls’ Col­lege won The Edge Na­tional Award of Ex­cel­lence for Sound­track.

Stu­dents work to­gether by com­bin­ing their cre­ativ­ity to por­tray so­cial or po­lit­i­cal mes­sages, sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity con­cepts, and pure fan­tasy through their per­for­mances.

Stage Chal­lenge also has scope for teach­ers to use el­e­ments for NCEA as­sess­ments in sub­jects such as dance, drama, wood­work, art and tex­tiles.

Event man­ager Olivia Ki­nane said it makes a pos­i­tive im­pact on young peo­ple’s lives.

Stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents have been work­ing for months to per­fect their per­for­mances, and now Hamil­to­ni­ans will be able to wit­ness their lo­cal tal­ent.

Stage Chal­lenge and J Rock will be on at Hamil­ton’s Clarence Street Theatre, 7pm on Tuesday, June 6 and Wed­nes­day, June 7. Ngatea Pri­mary School, per­form­ing at the 2015 Smoke­free Stage Chal­lenge, at the Claude­lands Arena, Hamil­ton, on June 16.

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