Col­lege wins stage chal­lenge

Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - Bethany Rol­ston

Te Awa­mutu Col­lege stu­dents danced their way to vic­tory in the re­cent Hamil­ton Stage Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion.

The school snapped up first place in the open divi­sion with their per­for­mance, Dis­place­ment, per­formed and pro­duced by 65 stu­dents.

Dis­place­ment fol­lowed the jour­ney of a fam­ily af­ter their home is de­stroyed by Syr­ian rebel groups.

The per­for­mance be­gan in a boat which led the fam­ily to coun­tries re­fus­ing to take any more refugees. The stu­dents prac­ticed af­ter school and on week­ends lead­ing up to show time.

The fam­ily roles were per­formed by Luke Frost, Ti Haslam, Chloe Sch­wass, Shawna Chet­tle­burgh and Gemma Hastie (pic­tured).

Te Awa­mutu Col­lege drama and dance teach­ers, Kylie David­son and Han­nah Far­rant, over­saw the pro­duc­tion, which was­mainly chore­ographed by stu­dents.

Drama teacher Kylie David­son says the stu­dents were “over the moon“with the win.

“Some were even tear­ful— they all worked so hard.”

Stage Chal­lenge event man­ager Olivia Ki­nane says Te Awa­mutu Col­lege per­formed a “breath-tak­ing piece“.

“The call to ac­tion within their piece was not missed and it res­onated amongst the au­di­ence.”

Pro­duc­tion judge David Artist says the idea was a “great con­cept told with move­ment and colours“. Stage Chal­lenge is a global dance, drama and de­sign com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents. Each win­ning school’s per­for­mance is viewed and judged by a panel of judges from the Stage Chal­lenge Foun­da­tion. Win­ners of na­tional awards will be announced in July.

Te Awa­mutu College stu­dents perform their win­ning piece.

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