Tuesday, December 14, 2010

To those traveling on Air NZ this month

Those traveling with Air New Zealand this month can enjoy the inflight magazine.... featuring our own Roger Thompson.  Mr. Thompson's "Green Car" that has been seen at Kuranui, will be featured on Waiheke Island as part of their sculpture exhibition.  Headlining in the magazine you can see his work on the full page and everything!  So check out the magazine, and check out the car if you are in Waiheke.  It looks amazing.

Mr. Thompson's "Green Car", part of the Waiheke Island Sculpture Exhibit

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Artificial Sun" and "I am Giant"

"I Am Giant" are starting to announce the bands chosen to open for them.  I would like to implore ALL readers of this blog to get over to their facebook page, like it, and vote "Artificial Sun for Tauranga".  Just copy and paste that line onto their wall.

Pleasey pleasey.

It would be a fantastic opportunity for the boys.  If they get the gig, we will organise a last-minute road trip!

"I Am Giant" on Facebook

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"I am Giant" and "Artificial Sun"

The band "I am Giant" is currently searching for an opening act.

Our boys from "Artificial Sun" are keenly pursuing the gig.  Personally, I think they would rock the party, the boat, and your socks off. 

The campaign is being run through Facebook.

Please follow the link below and leave a message voting for "Artificial Sun".

Vote "Artificial Sun" to open for "I am Giant".

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scholarship in 2011

In the Arts Department, we have had success in the past in Scholarship assessments.  This year we were thrilled to have both Barney and Christina attempt the Scholarship Drama examination performance.  And there is good news for next year as well.

In 2011, Dance and Samoan join the ranks of subjects with Scholarship examinations.

When paying your exam fees, you get 3 Scholarship exams in the package for free.  I recommend that everyone take at least 1 Scholarship class, because it is a good experience, improves your skills, and costs you nothing.  Scholarship awards are given out in amounts from $500 to $6,000.

The subjects offered in the Arts at Kuranui where you can attempt Scholarship in 2011 are:
  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • French
  • Music 
  • Te Reo Maori
  • Visual Arts – Design
  • Visual Arts – Painting
  • Visual Arts – Printmaking
  • Visual Arts – Photography
  • Visual Arts – Sculpture
The best part about Arts Scholarship examinations is that the exams are prepared.  In Dance and Drama, there will be a performance of your choice.  The Visual Arts include portfolios prepared as part of a course of study over the year.

Whatever you chose, think seriously about taking a Scholarship subject or two.... the advantages far outweigh the difficulties.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2011 is fast approaching!

So much is happening already for the New Year.  It's Crazy!  Here are some dates you all need to be putting aside for the activities we have planned at the moment.  Given the rate the school calendar is filling up, 2011 looks like it will be a cracker.  Charlotte and Katie will have their work cut out for them.

Thurs 2 Dec - Yr 9 Performing Arts Show-&-Tell
(Period 3 in the Auditorium or Student Centre)

Feb 17-20 - National Juggling Champs and Convention
Senior Drama students competing, performing, camping and learning Circus Arts and Juggling skills in Levin

21 March - "An Evening with the Bard"
Kuranui College Student Directed Shakespeare scenes competing to represent us at the Regionals.  Showcase of the 15 minute scene.  Start at 7:00pm in the auditorium.  Entry by invitation and donation.

12 April - Intercollegiate Shakespeare in Schools Regional Competition
Our 15 minute scene and 5 minute student directed scenes will compete against the rest of the colleges in the Wairarapa for the chance to represent at Nationals.  At Wairarapa College.  7:00pm start.  Tickets $3 for students, $6 for adults.

14 July - "Mana" performing in the College Auditorium.  9:00-10:30.  Professional actor/dancer/musician showcasing an ancestral journey around the Pacific to NZ.  Tickets $5.  All Drama, Dance, Arts, Music and Te Reo students invited to attend.

August 8-12 - Intercollegiate Theatresports Festival
All the teams will compete to retain the trophy!  7:00pm start each night.  Tickets available at the door.  Harlequin Theatre, Dixon Street, Masterton.  Draw to be advised.

In other news, the College Website has been recently re-furbished thanks to Mr. Buckham.  If you have not seen the Arts section, follow the link below and see what you think. 

Arts and Languages on the Kuranui College Website

Friday, November 19, 2010

NZ Juggling Convention and Championships 2011

Well, it is official.

We are going!


Personally, I am excited.

The National Juggling Champs and Convention in 2011 is being held in Levin.  The event goes from February 17-20.  We are going along to be involved in performing, learning, teaching and watching.  This is going to be EPIC!  On the Thursday we will teach small children, on the Saturday we will teach the rank amateurs coming along to the event.  We will be taking part in workshops, showcases and in general helping out around the venue.

We will be camping at the Levin A&P Showgrounds.

So a couple of things people- you will need tents.  And, we are only taking about 20 people.  Seniors are the first choice because they can already juggle, diabolo, spin plates and hoop.  This is a public venue, with other people camping as well, so perfect behaviour is expected.

The whole 4 days should be amazing.  This is a major opportunity for us to showcase our skills, as well as helping out the NZ Juggling Association.  This will be our Kuranui in the Community project.

There will be a cost attached to the camp, so start putting your pennies away.  And there will be a contract.  And there will be heaping helpings of fun. 

Follow the convention on Facebook for more details over the holidays.

NZ Juggling Convention 2011

And if you want your own juggling supplies, head over to Fling Juggling, supporter of us and the convention.  Their gear is really good quality, and they are always happy to lend a hand.

Fling Juggling Website

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Booked for 2011 - Mana: The Spirit of Polynesia

2011 is already shaping up to be a big year in the Arts department.  Booked today, we have a show coming to Kuranui on Thursday July 14.  Basically the show is going to be a totally awesome story combining dance and drama, outlining the journey of identity.  Year 13 students should be thinking.... hmmmm..... that sounds like something we may do in class this coming year......

Either way, all Dancers, Actors, Te Reo Students and anyone else who is mad keen for it, can go and see it.  I'm already keen as.  The price will be $5 each, and the show will be an hour, followed by some question time.  Expect to miss 1 and 1/2 class periods.

Talking to Aurora today on the phone was great, and the show sounds totally amazing!

Here is what the website has to say about it. 

"Travelling through Polynesian cultures including Native American Indian, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian and Samoan, Bernard discovers with each the idea of family, challenges and pride.

Mana The Spirit of Polynesia embodies dance, music, multicultural themes, history, geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self belief and respect.

MANA is the inner strength and confidence that comes from a sense of identity. Bernard Mangakahia inspires everyone to discover their own MANA.

Bernard is very popular as an Artist in Residence, where he can come to your school for a few days or a week and work with the students towards a concert of amazing dances and songs."

Pop over and have a wee looksie for yourself:
Nexus Arts Australia

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Clowning 2010

As has become the custom, the first day the seniors have study leave off, the Drama students are back in class working on their Clowning routines.

Seeing as the whole assessment for Clowning is massive on a time scale- getting costumes and make up on a class full of clowns is tough, it makes sense to use a whole day for the assessment, performance, and traditional "fish 'n' chip" lunch.

So we gathered, rehearsed, dressed, made-up, and got down to Greytown Primary School, ate, and then performed.  Charlotte and Katie came down and hosted the event for us.

The clowns were amazing.

We have to thank Daniel Cameron and Adam Lesslie for coming down and joining us again, Mr Buckham for minding my junior classes, Mr Ryan for driving the van, and Ms. Beecroft and Mr. Thompson for building the magic box. 

This was by far our best clown performance yet, and the little kiddies went wild for it.

Cultural Leaders 2011

With the new year fast approaching, we had the privilege of interviewing 6 brilliant candidates for the position of Cultural Leaders 2011.

As announced at the Senior Graduation and Prizegiving, the Cultural Leaders for 2011 are Katie James and Charlotte Taylor.

Katie is a dancer with many years experience in Stage Challenge and Dance NZ Made.  In 2010, she also took part in Drama, performing in "Romeo and Juliet", "MacBeth", "The Wizard of Oz" and the theatresports competition.  Katie was selected to represent the region at the National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington.

Charlotte is also a dancer, picking up excellence awards left, right and centre.  She has been a strong supporter of Stage Challenge and Dance NZ made since its inception.  She is also an artist, more recently focussing on Photography. 

Both girls will no doubt do an amazing job next year, and it is wonderful to have leaders with multiple strings to their bow.

Charlotte and Katie

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - the helpers

The boys who do anything for Drama.  Daniel and Salvatore.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cultural Awards Winners 2010

Waimarama and Barney did a fantastic job hosting the Cultural Awards last night.  They kept the audience entertained, and caused more than a few tears with their special awards. 

The whole event took AGES to set up.  Salvatore and Daniel Cameron worked hard setting up the auditorium, Christina alphabetised and checked the certificates, Mary and Ms. Thomson sorted out the supper, and Joshy set up the lighting and sound systems, and the band boys set up the muso section.  The afternoon was filled with costumes being re-set, make-up going on, and the glittery gowns coming out.

The evening started with Wai and Barney giving their welcoming speeches and review of the year.  Then the Yr 9 dancers showed their stuff with their "Evolution of Dance" routine.  Dan Carlisle showed his talent with a cirque routine including juggling knives.  "The Collision" performed "Another Brick in the Wall" and Zoe Renor sang "Memory" from Cats.  The Senior Dancers did their "Fame" routine, Katie and Wai pulled out the 5 minute scene from "Romeo and Juliet" and Finn, Adam and Aaron renewed their scene from "The Wizard of Oz".  Thomas Uatuku performed "Nothing else matters" on guitar, wowing the crowd again with his talent.  The theatresports boys did a fantastic rendition of Louis Gray, performing "Survivor", thanks to Darren, Arjun, Daniel and Dominic.  The final act of the night was "Artificial Sun" performing "Sunrise" and "Comedown" - brilliant talent shown by Jack, Tom, Barney and Louis.

We were thrilled to have so many Blue award winners this year, especially from those students who gained Blues in 2 areas.  We have such a great year to look forward to in 2011, given the talent in the junior school, as well as our top performers.

The big awards were a shock to the winners (but not to their fans) and were as follows:
  • Greatest contribution to Dance - Zemira Hayvice
  • Greatest contribution to Visual Arts - Samuel Pepper
  • Greatest contribution to Music - Barney Johnson
  • Greatest contribution to Drama - Waimarama Phillips
 Congratulations to all the evenings winners, and know that the school is incredibly proud of you all.  It was wonderful to see the diversity of talent in the school, and it was a wonderful position to be in to have so many great acts perform.

Sam Pepper - Visual Arts

Waimarama Phillips - Drama

Zemira Hayvice - Dance

Barney Johnson - Music

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Preparing for the examinations... this is not going away people!

Right.  Cultural Awards is on Thursday evening.  The night will be AMAZING!

7:00 - 9:00pm in the Auditorium.

All welcome to come along and support your peers. 

Awards will be issued for all of the Arts areas- Visual Art and Photography, Dance, Drama, Music and Kapa Haka.  There are the 4 top awards going out as well..... let's see who gets those for 2010.

During the evening, expect to see the following performances:
  • Junior performance Dance troupe
  • Maaki, Travis and Anthony with their crowd pleasing Dance NZ Made routine
  • Shakespeare National Performance by Waimarama and Katie
  • Artificial Sun performing and original song
  • Theatresports with Dom and his selected team
Waimarama and Barney will finish their Cultural Leadership roles for the year by hosting the night and giving a speech about the Arts and their lives.

Also, with external exams looming, we are offering study advice in the department. 

Monday 1 November- Practise questions from past exams
Tuesday 2 November- Useful tools and study tips
Thursday 4 November- Practise questions from past exams
Monday 8 November- Mindmapping
Tuesday 9 November- TBA

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cultural Awards 2010

With the Cultural Awards next week, here is a little something to expect from the night.

We will be posting out invitations on Tuesday, probably letting the students receiving awards know as well (though they will not know what for).  Dress for the evening is formal, or in full school uniform.

The night will involve presentations from the year, from Stage Challenge to the Production to Shakespeare to Rockquest.  It is always the highlight of the awards season in my view.

This year, Waimarama Phillips and Barney Johnson will host the event.  They will be giving a speech about the Arts at the school and why this has helped them so very much in their lives. 

Each student will be issued all of their awards alphabetically.... this could involve one certificate, or a handful of trophies.  However, blues and the top 4 awards will be presented by Mr Shepherd at the end of the evening.

Blues are the top award available for students.  Some students will receive a "Special Award" for outstanding participation, performance or dedication in a particular area of the Arts.  Blue awards come with a badge to be worn on ones blazer, which denotes that the student has reached a high level of performance, dedication and committment to one or more areas within the specified Art.  Blues can be gained for Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music.

Our top awards are the following:
The Sally Jaine Cup- Greatest Contribution to Music
The Greatest Contribution to Drama
The Roger Thompson Trophy for Contribution to the Visual Arts
The Christie Higginson Trophy for Contribution to Dance

These awards denote the person who has given the most of themselves in this area, and striven to achieve beyond the normal.  They have gone on to great and wondrous things.  Past recipients have included Melissa Reeve, actor, Shannon Karatiana, singer, and Dawn Bregman, dancer.  We are proud of all of the top award winners, past, present and future, and we are sure that those gaining the awards in 2010 will be no less than brilliant.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's all over....... bye wizard!

Well, it's over.  Strangely.  The costumes are in the wash, the props room is clean, the classroom is returning to normal and the set is in deconstruction.  Amazing to think that just last week we were performing for the first time!

Thank you so much to Ms Webster, Mr Thompson and Miss Pratt for their help and support with the set, the music and the dancing.  Thanks to Mum and Katrina for help with the costumes and props.  Thanks to Joshy and James on Lighting and Sound.  Thanks to Zemira for choreographing and Christina for Stage Managing.  It would have been impossible without you all.

And a big thanks to the whole cast for giving up so much time, and energy, and doing such a great job on stage.  It was amazing to see the diverse group of you pulling together when it counted.  Well done. 

Here are some images from the last 2 nights in performance....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Wizard of Oz

Well, with our Matinee performances officially over, and today's was COMPLETELY packed!  We did not have a spare seat in the whole hall!  It was an amazing crowd of children, pre-schoolers and folks from Palliser and Abour House. 

The cast were nothing less than amazing and astounding.  It has been a long long long road from where we were, to where we are now, and I am so proud of everyone. 

Some people do need a special mention.....

Adam Lesslie has been at every rehearsal- even the ones that don't involve his scene.  He learnt all his lines, has not complained about his costume (and he has many reasons he could complain about it!), but this is not why he needs mentioning.  Adam routinely vacuums the drama room, puts other people's costumes away, fills water jugs, minds small children, does heavy lifting and mopping and sweeping, without being asked or without complaining.  He has been a total star.

Civic Cruz has been in the same ilk.  He has been brilliant on stage, singing, dancing, miming... wearing make-up..... and always helpful.  He always picks up a paintbrush and helps the set crew, empties rubbish bins, puts things away, helps people to their seats and is polite and charming in same light.

Christina Hyde has only JUST returned from Switzerland.... before her jet-lag was over, she had a script and created a stage management plan, and worked wonders with the terrific stage crew (Sophie Adams, Steph Wright and Sam Hayes).... and no one has missed a cue, or had the wrong staging or anything.  Stage management is never easy, but Christina has totally blown us all away with her willingness and experience in getting things sorted.

Dan Carlisle, Rowan Pemberton, Sarah Hall, all need mentioning for their extra work in the ushing of people and checking they are all ok.

The Yr 11 Dance class have also stepped up, committing to the whole production, even though they are only on stage for a total of 59 seconds!  That is total committment.  So thank you Aleisha Bain, Danica Kawana, Jess Hollis, Ariane Gleeson, Ivy Skelton and Kristina Curtice.  I admire the way you have just taken the challenge and rolled with it brilliantly.

Josh Hoskins, Oliver Healy and Jordan Mackie have all been at school since 7:00am for over a week now getting the set, lighting and sound under control.  They have worked tirelessly to finish tasks, design and build, and to give up their own time to do it.  The show would be impossible without such people.

So, the show is on in the next 3 nights.  Tickets are $5.... be there.  Here are some images from performance so far.

Waimarama and Ilse as the Good Witches.... slightly ditzy but good hearted

Arjun, Alena-Rose and Dom get into character

The Scarecrow, Tinman, and Dorothy meet the Lion
Tilly, who is playing Toto.

Wordless Wednesday - Performance!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Wizard of Oz

Well, in 7 days, IT'S ALL OVER!

After a whole year of planning to get the scripts in, 2 terms of preparation, auditions, rehearsals and holidays given up for practises, the performance is finally here!  (well.... almost...)

We are performing in the College Auditorium this week....

Monday 11 October - Dress Rehearsals
Tuesday 12 October - Matinee performance at 11:00am
Wednesday 13 October - Matinee performance at 11:00am

Thursday 14 October - Opening night - starting at 7:30pm
Friday 14 October - Dress in theme if you are keen - starting at 7:30pm
Saturday 15 October - Final Performance starting at the slightly earlier time of 7:00pm

Tickets can be purchased from the office, or as door sales from 6:00pm for the evening shows.  Prices are $5 per ticket, or $20 for a family pass.

Here are some images from dress rehearsals to give you an idea of the show.......

Alena as Dorothy is threatened by Kendall, the Wicked Witch of the West

Zemira, the choreographer, teaches dance moves in the Emerald City
Finn and Aaron, Munchkin Farmers, talk about the Scarecrow

Dorothy meets Dom, the Tinman

Arjun, the Cowardly Lion, hides in his forest

Martinborough Library Holiday Programme

Well, we were called up to go and offer our brand of entertainment at the Martinborough Library for their school holiday programme, and we went.

We did 2 sessions this holidays.

The first was a Circus session where we demonstrated how to juggle, spin plates, do diabolo, and Dan even juggled knives!

Sarah shows how to spin a plate
More plate spinning chaos

And then we went back for a Wizard of Oz day, where we performed a couple of scenes from the show, dressed in costume and did some face painting.

Arjun showing his cowardly side

Alena as Dorothy and Chaedyn as Binkie Winkie with Liz from the Library and Avana as a lion

Dan paints a cowboy boot on a face at the Library