Tal­ented Tas­man teens shine on stage

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - NINA HIND­MARSH

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.’’

Ron­nie Short

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 kidzn­teenthe­atre@gmail.com

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.

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