Students’ imaginations impress
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.’’
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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.