This has been a blatantly epic week in the Arts. Not only are Production and Dance NZ Made rehearsals well underway with casting well and truly in place, we have had a spectacular week for awards.
Last Saturday was the regional Rockquest competition. "Artificial Sun", our senior rock band, have been working so hard all year to be ready for the competition. They rocked the house with their original songs. They took out 2nd overall, and the greatest achievement of the night was when Barney Johnson was named as the best musician of the night. Well done Barney! If you want to catch "Artificial Sun" in action, check out gig dates on their Facebook fan page, or check out the last Wednesday of each month at the Ascot Theatre in Upper Hutt, where they have been making routine performances to a packed crowd.
This week was the intercolligiate Theatresports Competition in Masterton. We entered 7 teams in the 3 divisions, and had great success. Monday night we had "The Pineapple Express" performing and coming 2nd in the competition that night. The team was comprised of Kaden, Ale, Sian and Dan. On Tuesday the Yr 9 team "Bad Ass Monster Truckers" also were ranked 2nd, comprised of Kate, Moana, Natalia, Isle, Camille and Aodhan. Wednesday was a big night with 3 teams in the Senior Novice section. "Alphabet Soup" (Wai, Zemira, Lexie, Jamie and Adam) and "Team Group Anonymous" (Alena, Chaedyn, Aaron and Jan) were ranked 3rd equal. "The Costa Rican National Team" (Finn, Vale, Zoe and Jasmine) also competed, and despite giving magnificent performances, were unranked.
The final night was the biggie, with 2 teams in the senior open grade final. "Neopolitan" (Arjun, Darren, Katie, Rowan and Donal) were hilarious and showed their true talent onstage. Their word-at-a-time may not be their favourite game, but they were wonderful. "Sammy 'the wonder-horse" Dodges" (Dom, Louis, Barney, James and Daniel) really pulled out all the stops and worked well as a team taking out the win. This is only the 2nd time Kuranui has ever won this division, and with Makoura College, the only school ever to have beaten Wairarapa College. Wai Coll have been such legends in the past, and really played well last night. It is always a privilege to work with their senior students.
So it was a magnificent week, and no doubt we will all catch our breath shortly! Well done students, and carry on the good work!