Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Cabaret, but not as you know it

Wednesday 4 September 2013

Cabaret, but not as you know it

Expect the unexpected. Think UCOL performers meet Cabaret, meets High School Musical – but darker.

Under the innovative direction of Lecturer Jaime Dorner, UCOL Diploma in Performing Arts students are set to turn a cabaret style show into Glee, but with a serious message.

Coming of Age in New Zealand – A Cabaret, tackles issues that young people may face as they navigate their way through their formative years.

Set in a High School, the show looks at social questions around self-harm, bullying, peer pressure and suicide. “They are heavy issues,” says Jaime. “But we do have some fun with the things we can satirise.”

Depicting the experiences with song, dance and theatre, the school uniform clad troupe typifies all the characters of a high school era.

The 20 young Diploma students have had a huge amount of input especially to the script. They interviewed Youth One Stop Shop (YOSS) clients about their experiences and contributed their own life lessons to the development of the production.

UCOL Music Tutor and the show’s Concept and Musical Director Suzy Hawes, says the students were encouraged to make the production their own so they could relate the issues to a young audience.

The songs are largely of New Zealand origin or “irresistibly tied to the theme,” says Suzie who was responsible for choosing the music. “We also had to make sure there were older songs included to appeal to the more mature members of our audiences.”

The show will feature a live band, and be performed ‘in the spirit of cabaret’.

The Eulogy Lounge at the Awapuni Racecourse is a new venue for UCOL’s Performing Arts students to work in. “There is plenty of room for rehearsals and show nights,” says Jaime. “It is good for the students to perform out of the comfort of their studio space at UCOL.”

“It is our way of sharing our art with the community.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Leonard Cohen

If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s period, pre-disco and pre-punk. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Pick And Camera

Through the eyes of a miner – the photography of Joseph Divis: The occupations of miner and photographer are seldom combined. The conjunction must have been very rare indeed in the era before hand-held cameras, high-speed film and flashlights More>>


Howard Davis: Review - The Cosmic Dance Of 'String Theory'

Fly My Pretties sixth album is quite possibly their best yet - a concept album in the best sense, with superb arrangements, funky grooves, and some great vocalizing, all organized around the lyrical leitmotif of string theory. More>>

Non-Natural History: Dinosaur Eggs 'Discovered' At Auckland Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens plant curators have unearthed what are thought to be prehistoric dinosaur eggs in the Gondwana Forest section of the expansive garden in Manurewa... In fact, the “dinosaur eggs” are part of an innovative, larger-than-life dinosaur performance and display featuring a raptor, a crested therapod and a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex. More>>

For The Birds: Kōkako Crowned Bird Of The Year

The Kōkako has been crowned New Zealand's Bird of the Year after two weeks of close competition and heated campaigning. More>>

ALSO:

  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news