Load of tal­ent again pro­vided by schools

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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.

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