Com­edy at the Col­lege

The Leader (Nelson) - - Front Page - By MATT LAWREY

Com­edy is com­ing to Nel­son Col­lege, thanks to the school’s four-man theatre sports team, the First XV, a stu­dent so­cial me­dia ex­pert and a Westie from Auck­land.

This Satur­day the school hall will be the venue for a night to re­mem­ber fea­tur­ing a theatre sports chal­lenge, an open mic stand up com­edy com­pe­ti­tion and a per­for­mance by well-known West Auck­land co­me­dian Ewen Gil­mour.


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the event will go to­wards a range of ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the Theatre Sports team, and im­prove­ments to the hall’s PA sys­tem.

The col­lege’s top rugby side has adopted the event as its cause for the term and mem­bers are us­ing their con­tacts to drum up ticket sales. Stu­dent ‘‘so­cial me­dia con­sul­tant’’ Rees Vin­sen has set up a Face­book page and has de­signed fly­ers to tell the pub­lic about the event.

Com­edy at the Col­lege is also be­ing run in con­junc­tion with The Truck and as­pir­ing co­me­di­ans are en­cour­aged to en­ter the open mic con­test. Prizes are an iPod Touch or a $350 Ap­ple voucher.

Duos are wel­come and con­tes­tants need to en­ter­tain the au­di­ence for only two to five min­utes.

Food and drinks will be avail­able to buy and Nay­land Col­lege and Nel­son Col­lege for Girls have been in­vited to en­ter the theatre sports chal­lenge.

Nel­son Col­lege’s Theatre Sports team is Nick McLough­lin, Sean Young, Calum Turner and Jake Dan­son. Nick said the theatre sports seg­ment would fea­ture lots of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, in­clu- ding a game called Ra­dio Play in which mem­bers of the au­di­ence come up with sound ef­fects.

Sean thinks it will be a good night out.

‘‘Come for the lols and to have a good time,’’ he said.

Nel­son Col­lege di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity re­la­tions Mark Vin­sen said all the col­lege board­ers would at­tend. The show would be aimed at the un­der-18s but ev­ery­one was wel­come.

Ewen, com­plete with his clas­sic long strag­gly Westie hair, tat­toos, goa­tee beard and wicked grin, will be judg­ing the com­edy con­test and per­form for about 45 min­utes.

‘‘He is go­ing to try and tone it down but he won’t,’’ Mark said mat­ter-of-factly.

The evening will start with theatre sports fol­lowed by the stand-up com­edy con­test and then Ewen’s per­for­mance.

Tick­ets are $10 and are avail­able at the Nel­son Col­lege Fi­nance Of­fice. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.


Game for a laugh: The Nel­son Theatre­s­ports team, from bot­tom, Nick McLough­lin, Sean Young, Calum Turner and Jake Dan­son are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to get along to Com­edy at the Col­lege this week.

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