Teens own chal­lenge

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

Aotea Col­lege is putting a teen angst twist on the clas­sic tale of Ra­pun­zel for its Stage Chal­lenge per­for­mance next Thurs­day.

Eighty stu­dents from all year groups are ded­i­cat­ing hours each week to re­hearsals.

Its seven-minute per­for­mance, Wel­come to the Mad­house, tells the tale of a teenage girl op­pressed by her par­ents’ ex­pec­ta­tions and her fears of fail­ure, says the pro­duc­tion’s cocre­ator, 17- year- old Hayley Brown.

‘‘ It’s a mod­ern- day twist on Ra­pun­zel. In­stead of be­ing lit­er­ally trapped she’s trapped in her fam­ily ex­pec­ta­tions,’’ Hayley says. ‘‘She’s a copy of her par­ents. Her par­ents are try­ing to ma­nip­u­late her. She wants to be a bal­le­rina but she’s scared of fail­ure and peo­ple not ac­cept­ing her.’’

Ra­pun­zel falls into a nightmare where she en­coun­ters all her fears, then in the final act makes peace with her­self and her fam­ily, Hayley says.

‘‘She’s go­ing to be her own per­son with her own in­di­vid­u­al­ity.’’

The three-act per­for­mance is em­bel­lished with colour­ful cos­tumes, makeup and sets all de­signed and cre­ated by the stu­dents.

More than 15 songs will help the show’s dancers tell Ra­pun­zel’s story.

Last year the col­lege did not place and hopes to blow the com­pe­ti­tion away next week, Hayley says.

Tawa Col­lege will per­form their show, An Emo­tional Jour­ney, on May 25. The Carter­ton bal­loon­ing tragedy, Christchurch’s earth­quakes and a for­mer pupil’s div­ing ac­ci­dent in­spired the col­lege’s story of a young girl deal­ing with los­ing the use of her legs.

‘‘It’s quite dark,’’ says li­ai­son teacher Hi­lary Asquith.

Tawa came sec­ond in last year’s Stage Chal­lenge and the 150 stu­dents work­ing on this year’s per­for­mance hope to at least match that rank­ing next Fri­day, she says.

Stage Chal­lenge Welling­ton, May 24 and 25, 7pm at TSB Arena. Tick­ets $27 to $33

Clown­ing around: Dancers dressed as clowns will rep­re­sent Ra­pun­zel’s fears of the out­side world in Aotea Col­lege’s Stage Chal­lenge per­for­mance on May 24. At cen­tre are the show’s cre­ators – Chloe Munro, who cre­ated the cos­tumes, Hayley Brown, who plays a trans­formed Ra­pun­zel at the end of the per­for­mance and Sarah Gra­ham, who plays Ra­pun­zel as an op­pressed copy of her par­ents.

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