Stu­dents’ imag­i­na­tions im­press

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Tawa Col­lege caused chaos at the re­cent Stage Chal­lenge re­gional competition – but it was en­tirely in­ten­tional.

The school was show­ered with awards at Welling­ton’s TSB Arena on May 27 af­ter a suc­cess­ful per­for­mance of its en­try, The But­ter­fly Ef­fect, which showed the chaos that can be caused by small, seem­ingly-un­re­lated events.

Dancers por­trayed in­no­cent but­ter­flies flap­ping their wings, which ac­cord­ing to chaos the­ory, can set into train cat­a­strophic events.

Judges gave the col­lege eight ex­cel­lence awards for var­i­ous as­pects of its per­for­mance, in­clud­ing prizes for set de­sign, cos­tume, makeup, stage use and chore­og­ra­phy.

Tawa also placed sec­ond over­all in the Welling­ton re­gional con­test, with Hutt Val­ley High School pip­ping the team for first.

Team spirit was strong at the event, with friends and fam­ily of the per­form­ers chant­ing their sup­port, says English teacher Hi­lary Asquith, Tawa’s Stage Chal­lenge li­ai­son teacher.

Her crowning mo­ment of the night was see­ing all 96 dancers on stage for their fi­nale. Al­to­gether 125 stu­dents were in­volved, in­clud­ing back­stage sup­port­ers.

‘‘It’s a real bond­ing thing across year groups, from year 9 to year 13,’’ Ms Asquith says.

Tawa’s per­for­mance was 100 per cent stu­dent-run.

‘‘‘ They did ev­ery­thing from stage de­sign to dance moves. It was all about them.’’

Aotea Col­lege were also highly com­mended by the judges for their en­try, The Evo­lu­tion of Dat­ing, pick­ing up awards for stu­dent lead­er­ship and com­mu­nity.

Aotea’s li­ai­son teacher Jo Whi­taker said it was an amaz­ing night for both the stu­dents and the teach­ers in­volved.

‘‘The at­mos­phere was awe­some. All the kids got be­hind each other, even though it was a competition.’’

Pho­tos: PETER MCDON­ALD

Reach­ing new highs: Aotea Col­lege stu­dent Mia Ward, in blue, gives us a taste of the dat­ing scene to­day.

Rid­ers of the storm: Tawa Col­lege dancers por­tray the vic­tims of chaos the­ory.

Caus­ing a flap: But­ter­flies set off dis­as­trous storms in Tawa Col­lege’s Stage Chal­lenge en­try.

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