Havelock North High top in show
Havelock North High School took out the top spot at the Showquest national final last month, becoming the first overall winner of New Zealand's new music, dance and drama showcase for schools.
The winning team chose the theme for their piece Come Join The Circus, with the intention to depict how cellphones give teenagers unrestricted access to an exciting but dangerous environment, which can be addictive and impossible to escape. Their entry received first place and awards of excellence for best lighting, production, wardrobe, design and performance. The performance was directed by Year 12 students Charliot Millar, Grace Francios and Amelia Slade.
“Showquest shows students the importance of commitment and perseverance and the positive repercussions that can occur due to these qualities,” Grace says.
Event judge Jackie Clarke says she found the school performances thoroughly engaging.
“There is no better feeling, and there is no more healing and positive energy you can bring to the world than actually putting on a show, communicating ideas, feelings, emotions, and aspirations, and sharing that with your community,” Jackie says.
Programme director Matt Ealand from the Rockquest Promotions Auckland office, says participating in Showquest is about more than just the performance on the day.
“Showquest is structured on a competitive framework, but the driving rationale, as with all the Rockquest Promotions' events, is to encourage participation, creative growth and team work,” he says.
“We find that if we are able to provide a platform where students can express themselves on their own terms within the boundaries of the event, the rewards go far beyond the rush of performing on the day.”
The national final was judged from a pool of regional first and second place winners, and awarded by a panel of expert judges from the performing arts sector. Lead performer Chris Jackman also valued the challenges Showquest brought, "the magic of Showquest came down to the friendships we made and the way we bonded as a team in the face of adversity."
Showquest director Hazel Reid travelled to Havelock North to present the national awards to the students in person. Chris summed up the feelings of the team.
“We feel pretty ecstatic, to be honest. Winning the regionals was one thing, but receiving the national awards means we've done Hawke's Bay proud."
Havelock North High School Showquest national winners.
Havelock North High School perform in the regional finals at PGA.