Young per­form­ers take to stage

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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.

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