Stu­dents cre­ate mu­si­cal script

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Rachel Can­ning

It’s a busy week for stu­dents of Act 2 Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts School, with the Taupo¯ Hal­loween Film Fes­ti­val haunted walk last Sun­day, the Hal­loween Glow Disco on Wed­nes­day night, and two per­for­mances of a stu­dentscripted mu­si­cal Ms Fit and the Mag­i­cal For­est com­ing up this Satur­day.

The school’s di­rec­tor, Toni Neve, of­fers a per­form­ing arts pro­gramme for chil­dren aged 2 through to adults. Toni says stu­dent teach­ers Emma Car­roll and Mar­ija Stanisic, both 16, were in charge of the cre­ative writ­ing for Ms Fit and the Mag­i­cal For­est as well as hav­ing act­ing parts. “To write a script is one thing, it’s quite an­other for them to fit into the pro­duc­tion them­selves while the whole story comes to life.”

Emma is home schooled and stud­ies English while Mar­ija stud­ies drama, me­dia stud­ies and English at Tauhara Col­lege. They co-wrote the script to­gether and says Toni chose them for the task be­cause they are both in­volved in teach­ing younger stu­dents at the var­i­ous classes of­fered by Act 2.

Mar­ija says they walked into drama class one day and Toni asked them if they could write the script. “There was a big bit of pa­per on the ta­ble and we jot­ted down ideas. We al­ready had the open­ing song Come Alive as a guide, it’s about find­ing out who you are and ac­cept­ing oth­ers,” says Emma.

It’s been re­ally tough at times, and the girls say they had to get used to be­ing flex­i­ble with things some­times chang­ing overnight.

“We had to find ways to in­clude all the cast. Ev­ery­one in Act 2 has a part, and the ages range from preschool­ers to 19-year-olds,” says Mar­ija.

Emma says what she has liked most about the whole ex­pe­ri­ence is be­ing able to say ‘I wrote that.’

Photo / Rachel Can­ning

Emma Car­roll and Mar­ija Stanisic cowrote and are per­form­ing in this Satur­day’s per­for­mance of Ms Fit and the Mag­i­cal For­est.

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