Showtime for students
Aotea College’s musical talents will be on display later this month, with tickets to a huge showcase selling fast.
After a daytime ‘‘Sportacular’’ on August 29, which will see alumni play students in netball, basketball, football and rugby challenges, the musical showcase will be at Te Manawa from 7.30pm.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett will host the event and even break into song during the evening.
Other talent includes internationally renowned barbershop quartet The Fource, regional barbershop champions The Rookies, Spanish guitarists Tom Henare and Adam Wagner, champion girls’ chorus ACBC and Rockquest winners Until Autumn.
‘‘It’s going to be an amazing night,’’ Aotea’s head of music Marilyn Baigent says.
‘‘It is great practical experience for them, especially in front of a home audience.
‘‘This is a chance for us to show off the musical talent we have to the community and it’s a great build-up to nationals.’’
Money raised will send four quartets and two choruses to the national barbershop champs in Auckland next month, which Ms Baigent says is a massive undertaking. More than 100 students will travel north.
Karishma Thanawala of The Rookies says the audience will be scarier than they’ve ever faced.
‘‘ It’s easier when you’re singing to people you don’t know.’’
Performers are practising up to five times a week.
They promise a mix of new and tried-and-true material at the showcase.
Ms Baigent says competing at the nationals will help stu- dents develop leadership, teamwork and disciplined habits that can be transferred to other avenues in their lives.
Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased by ringing the college on 237 3166.
The Rookies: Helayna Seiuli, Finlay Robertson, Karishma Thanawala and Ariel Bamborough are primed to wow the audience at Te Manawa with their award-winning sound, as part of a huge fundraiser for nationals.
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