Production aims high
Tawa College’s school production kicks off this Friday and promises to show off the pedigree the school has developed in singing and dancing.
Standing Ovation 2 is the sequel to the wellreceived show from 2009. It takes about 20 numbers from many different stage shows, such as Oklahoma, Oliver and Mary Poppins, and even contemporary favourites from Glee. The wings of the college’s hall will see a flurry of costume changes, and everything needs to run like clockwork.
Choreographer Sara Scott has been working with the school’s head of music, Murray Cameron, and the 76 students taking part for the past 12 weeks. The recent school holidays were fully used to finalise the songs and routines they hope will wow their audience.
‘‘There will be solos and duets and trios that will suit all the different singers we have, but there is a big chorus number as well,’’ Ms Scott says.
‘‘It’s been good to get that full week of practise, it’s been intense at times, but everything’s coming together well. The support from everyone involved is a huge part of this show.’’
Along with the college’s costume department parents lending a hand, Ms Scott says the local chemist has provided makeup samples, pots and pans have been sourced at Trash Palace, and Porirua McDonald’s and KMart stores allowed them to film scenes that will be played on a big screen.
It has been a lot of fun getting to this point, but they have a reputation to uphold, too.
‘‘It’s an amateur show, but not as far as we’re concerned. There’s been rehearsals three times a week for 12 weeks, plus this extra work in the holidays, and these guys [students] know they need to work hard. But I think it’s going to be fantastic, some of these performances have blown me away.’’
Standing Ovation 2 runs on August 5-7 (the 7th is a matinee session) and August 11-13. Tickets and further information from the school office.
Sing it loud: From left, Rosina Morfey, Rachel Charlesworth and Lorelei Bernard give it their all during rehearsals for Tawa College’s production Standing Ovation 2 last week.