Talented Tasman teens shine on stage
Young actors from Tasman drama groups scored top marks at the regional theatresports this month.
A team from Motueka High School took home first place at the Tasman Regional Championship Theatresports junior competition on August 8.
Not far behind was Garin College in second place and Golden Bay team Teen Theatre taking third.
In the senior competition held on August 1, Teen Theatre scored second place, just behind Nelson College for Boys.
The event was held at the Suter Theatre in Nelson, with 15 groups from all over Nelson and Tasman regions competing. The event is organised and run by Nelson improvisation and sketch comedy group, Down with Monday.
The games are all improvised on stage live in front of an audience, with actors making everything up on the spot with no rehearsals.
Teen Theatre drama teacher Ronnie Short said it takes a ‘‘huge amount of courage’’ for the kids.
‘‘They have to be able to be confident and positive, even if they aren’t succeeding in that moment,’’ she said.
‘‘If they show a sense of failure, then they would probably lose the team points. It’s very upbeat; but some who are safe playing it behind closed doors don’t want to take that risk on stage.’’
Short has about 20 students in her Teen Theatre group. She said not all drama students enjoyed
‘‘It's very upbeat; but some who are safe playing it behind closed doors don't want to take that risk on stage.’’
live improvisation on stage and most preferred script.
Teen Theatre member Siddhartha Ishwara said the experience really improved his confidence in being a part of a theatre sports team.
‘‘Last year, in the junior grade, our team lost a tie breaker for second and ended up in third, so this year I felt that we would not even compare to these older, more experienced teams in the senior grade.
‘‘However, in the end, we were tied for second once again and we won it, taking that sweet second place. It made me have confidence that we can actually compete against these teams and that’s gotten me excited for next year; I enjoy good competition.’’
Ronnie Short is now running improvisation training for kids and teenagers in Stoke. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Theatre team Knock Your Socks Off, who competed in the Tasman Regional Theatresports competition this month against eight teams and won second place. Clockwise from left: Ludo Palffy; Chrystal Boomhert; Solomon Sommerfeld; Siddhartha Ishwara (centre) and Lucas Jones.