Teens’ emo­tional stage per­for­mance

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

Tears of joy were shed fol­low­ing For­est View High School’s mov­ing Stage Chal­lenge per­for­mance on Fri­day night.

The school told a story through dance of how they saw Toko­roa and how the town is seen for its neg­a­tive flaws, which is not the Toko­roa these stu­dents know.

As one of nine schools that com­peted in the Stage Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion For­est View High School hap­pily took fourth place, show­ing raw emo­tion through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We felt like we had al­ready won be­fore even com­pet­ing,’’ said stu­dent Tah­nee Rawiri-taiki.

The stu­dents prac­ticed since the start of the year, ded­i­cat­ing three hours a day, two days a week, to their dance.

Their out­come was a dance that lasted six min­utes and in­volved 46 stu­dents.

Their cos­tumes were sim­ply T-shirts that rep­re­sented Toko­roa such as Pa­cific Is­land churches and bas­ket ball shirts.

‘‘Our cos­tumes were sim­ple and ef­fec­tive,’’ said stu­dent Daniel La’aiva

‘‘Cos­tumes that re­ally rep­re­sented Toko­roa.’’

The stu­dents said they turned small things that peo­ple may take for granted and made them into some­thing big, for ex­am­ple the bus ride to the event.

Rawiri-taiki said they did every­thing to­gether and now that Stage Chal­lenge was over it was as though some­thing was miss­ing.

‘‘We are like a big fam­ily,’’ Rawiri-taiki said.

Stu­dents of dif­fer­ent ages – rang­ing from year 9 to year 13 – all took part in the chal­lenge.

A mes­sage off Face­book, di­rected at For­est View, de­scribed how the au­di­ence was away by the touch­ing per­for­mance that could ‘‘Bring a grown man to tears’’.

The teach­ers in­volved said it was all down to the stu­dents who lead the way and made the de­ci­sions with help and sup­port from them.

As a school For­est View won awards of ex­cel­lence for Chore­og­ra­phy, Visual En­hance­ment, Con­cept, Per­for­mance Skill, Drama, and Sound­track.

The stu­dents fundraised money by hold­ing school so­cials to help pay the cost of $25 per per­son to take part in the event.

The stu­dents would like to thank their teach­ers and par­ents in­volved as well as the South Waikato District Coun­cil who gave them a Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties grant of $1000.

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