Ngati Toa pupils take the stage
Mowgli, Baloo and Shere Khan will appear in Porirua next month.
Ngati Toa School was given a helping hand to stage The Jungle Book as part of its end of year production.
The school won the resources to stage the play from Music Theatre International’s funds for schools without a fulltime performing arts programme.
Teacher-in-charge Cheryl Moeau said the children made very enthusiastic thespians.
‘‘We’re doing The Jungle Book, but we’re also still doing our kapa haka, hip hop dancing and jump jam.
‘‘Everyone’s enjoying the experience and we’re getting into rehearsing.’’
Music Theatre International rolled out their ‘‘A Helping Hand: Free Musical Giveaway’’ for the first time in New Zealand, and Wellington was selected as the first region to receive the offer.
As winners, Ngati Toa School were provided with a free show kit which included a full director’s guide, piano score, professionally recorded music backing tracks, student scripts and a production manual.
Moeau said the show would be performed in the first half of the school’s production then the pupils would showcase their other stage skills in the second half.
‘‘All the children are involved, the senior school are doing The Jungle Book and the junior school take part in the second items.’’
The children didn’t audition for parts but volunteered and everybody who wanted a part got one, she said.
Nikora,10, was playing the part of the Colonel in the play and said he was enjoying the marching and singing.
‘‘My favourite part was poking Mowgli’s nose.’’
Director of performing arts at St Mark’s Church School Robert Dil served as a mentor for the school and talked them through the rehearsals and how to prepare for the performance.
‘‘It’s the first time they’ve had to do a musical which combines story telling, acting and singing. It’s a great opportunity for everyone.’’
Pupils who didn’t want to act were able to join in behind the scenes with jobs doing the lights and technical duties, he said.
‘‘Theatre gives kids the opportunity to tell stories which develops empathy and other 21st century skills like creativity and confidence.’’
Some pupils who will perform as elephants in Ngati Toa school’s production of The Jungle Book.