Load of talent again provided by schools
The Tawa Goes to Town musical spectacular, involving past and present students from the suburb, wowed a packed house at the Michael Fowler Centre last week.
The biennial event, in its 22nd year, features more than 700 participants in a range of ages and a budget of more than $50,000. Students from Tawa’s six primary schools, intermediate and the college were at the heart of the show on September 18, but an adult choir, kapa haka, dancers and the Musical Island Boys also took the stage.
First- time performers were Shake the Fat, a women’s aerobics class, and the Red Hackle Pipe Band. Music ranged from jazz, ragtime, a 60’ s medley, disco and latest hits.
‘‘It was impressive to see a significant number of former college students returning to take part in the dancing and singing. Their memories of the event are obviously so positive they enjoy being involved again,’’ said Tawa Community Board chairperson Malcolm Sparrow.
The show was directed by Murray Cameron, produced by Jean Hollier and choreographed by Sara Scott. Shona Murray was acknowledged on the night – she was at the helm for the first Tawa Goes to Town in 1979, before standing down after 2010.
The show was streamed live online to Australia, the US, India, Germany and South Africa, among others.
‘‘The whole community has really thrown itself into this event, with primary school children faithfully trekking to the college hall from the various corners of Tawa for an hour-long practice every Wednesday all of this term,’’ said Mr Sparrow.
Big number: The musical extravaganza Tawa Goes to Town had everything from a piece by the Musical Island Boys to a number involving hundreds of students in full voice.
What a night: An audience of more than 1600 saw 700-plus past and present students from Tawa schools deliver a choreographed programme of music.