Show­time for students

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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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