Stu­dents get in­spi­ra­tion

Waipa Post - - News -

Singer Stan Walker is com­ing to Hamil­ton to­day to meet and in­spire sec­ondary school stu­dents from across the Waikato, in­clud­ing two stu­dents from Te Awa­mutu Col­lege and two from Cam­bridge High School.

The pop star’s visit will be a pre­lude to his up­com­ing New Takeover Tour that will bring him back to the city for a show at the Alti­tude and Grav­ity venue on Fri­day, Novem­ber 16.

To­day, Stan will be joined by Mike Chunn of Play It Strange, the lead­ing sup­port agency for young New Zealand song­writ­ers, for a life ex­pe­ri­ence and mu­sic per­for­mance work­shop hosted by Zeal Hamil­ton, in part­ner­ship with Mo­men­tum Waikato.

They will chal­lenge the teens to de­velop their abil­i­ties and as­pire to a ca­reer in mu­sic and the per­form­ing arts.

Stan’s visit is also about sup­port­ing the new Waikato Re­gional Theatre.

The Waikato Re­gional Theatre in Hamil­ton is on track to be built and open in June 2021, with Mo­men­tum Waikato on tar­get to com­plete the project within its $75 mil­lion bud­get.

The 1300-seat theatre by the Waikato River in Vic­to­ria Street was ap­proved by the city coun­cil in June.

The theatre is in the de­tailed de­sign phase, with early con­trac­tors also brought in to help.

Over 68 per cent of fund­ing has been con­firmed for the theatre, with an­other 27 per cent con­firmed as “highly prob­a­ble,” leav­ing five per cent of fund­ing out­stand­ing.

This amount — al­most $4 mil­lion — is ex­pected to come from the wider com­mu­nity.

The theatre will host ev­ery­thing from bal­let and or­ches­tras, to kapa haka and rock gigs.

A ma­jor goal of the project is that young peo­ple will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence world-class shows on the same stage where they them­selves can per­form.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties like Stan and Mike’s work­shop will be a reg­u­lar fea­ture of the theatre’s pro­gramme.

Stu­dents from sec­ondary schools across the re­gion will be at­tend­ing the work­shop event at Zeal Hamil­ton’s youth cen­tre.

Schools were in­vited by Mo­men­tum Waikato to send two stu­dents and a staff mem­ber. Cur­rently, 86 stu­dents and 41 staff from 39 schools are ex­pected to at­tend.

Photo / Jason Ox­en­ham

Stan Walker on stage in May.

Photo /Greg Bowker

Play It Strange founder Mike Chunn (CNZM), for­merly from Split Enz and Cit­i­zen Band.

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