Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Giving a stand out performance

Giving a stand out performance

Standing in front of thousands of New Zealand’s most pumped-up high school students in theatres across the country is no task for the faint-hearted.

But for the Subway 2006 Stage Challenge MC, AUT University’s Shanan Kiritea-Halbert, it’s just part of his job.

For the second year running, the AUT University relationship manager joins over 14,000 students from over 170 schools throughout the country as they prepare to take the stage with their own theatrical dance extravaganza.

Shanan says there’s nothing else like it.

“Stage Challenge comes at the end of months of rehearsals by students competing against schools in their region. They put their whole life on stage in front of an audience of their family and peers. That’s why it’s called a challenge.

“The biggest thing for me is the energy on the day of the final dress rehearsals and audience participation. It’s awesome to see everyone so excited and stoked to be there.”

Stage Challenge was designed to give high school students a platform for their own performance creativity in a drug-free environment. It is part of the Global Rock Challenge held in 50 locations worldwide.

This year’s Stage Challenge theme is “My life, I decide”. Shanan says AUT takes over the inside of the theatre during the day of final dress rehearsals at each New Zealand location.

“AUT’s right in there with the students,” says Shanan. “We’re encouraging them and revving them up for their performances in front of their friends and family that night. We’re there to make them the best they can be.”

AUT gets students on the microphone, hosts competitions and takes digital photos which are loaded onto a website (www.aut.ac.nz/stage_challenge).

This year, AUT University’s Te Ara Poutama (Faculty of Maori Development) is sponsoring a new award, Te Puutake Pasifika, for cultural content at Stage Challenge. Hamilton's Fraser High School was recipient of the first award.

The AUT connection doesn’t stop there. AUT’s Bachelor of Dance programme leader Jennifer Nikolai is one of the Stage Challenge judges.

Jennifer will look at performance elements of each school’s Challenge entry.

"I am excited about being a judge,” she says. “I love dance and all its many forms and want to spread that passion to high school students.”

Auckland’s Stage Challenge heats are at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, June 13-15 with the grand final on July 24. Tickets from Ticketek 09 307 5000. Visit: www.aut.ac.nz/stage_challenge and www.stagechallenge.co.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

Negotiations Begin: Equal Conditions For Men & Women In Professional Football

The trade union representing New Zealand's professional footballers has initiated bargaining for an agreement securing equal terms and conditions for men and women. If negotiated, it will be the first agreement of its kind in the world. More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:


Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland