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.

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