Young performers take to stage
New Zealand’s young performers of the future are coming to Palmerston North. A group of 130 elite young artists will participate at the Performing Arts Competitions Association October 17-18.The awards, hosted by the Palmerston North Dance Association and the Manawatu Performing Arts Competition Society, are being held in the city for the second year, but the first year for these art forms.
The exciting weekend starts with preliminary rounds of speech and drama at The Globe, instrumental prelims at The Speirs Centre and modern and Highland dance prelims at the Regent on Broadway, building to the impressive Sunday night finals concert at the Regent featuring 15 of the best, competing for $40,000 in prize money.
Twelve nominees are from the Manawatu/Wanganui area. They are modern dance, Meg Morrison, Chaolan Zheng, Charlotte Gilmour, Abigail Lohrey, Kendal Springett, Anna Jones and Daniel Hardcastle; highland dance, Sarah Robson, Nicole Harvey; speech and drama, Amy Atkins, Rebekah Lockhart; instrumental, Nathan Pinkney.
They will compete in their art form for $5000 (first), $3000 (second) and $1500 (third). The unplaced finalists will receive a monetary prize with adjudicators. There will also be an audience choice award for each art form.
An exciting addition to the final concert is a special performance by two time past winner Katie Rudd of New Plymouth. Katie is touring with the New Zealand Dance Company and was the winner of the modern dance in 2009 and ballet in 2010.