Pro­duc­tion aims high

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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