Monday, May 11, 2015

The Visions of Simone Machard - Year 13 Drama

We have been working steadily on "The Visions of Simone Machard" all term, and it is hard yakka.

However, dealing with Brecht has it's own rewards, and now that the end is nigh, it's starting to make sense.  In terms of Epic Theatre and in terms of Political theatre.

Friday, April 10, 2015

International Juggling Festival

A while back a group of Drama students took the day off school to run away to the circus.  Mary spent the day with them as they juggled, flew through the air on aerial hoops, spun plates.  They took part in workshops and more importantly, they taught some as well.  It was a good time had by all.

Amber in the hoop

Lilly in the hoop

The group: Lilly, Amber, Ryan, Nicki-Marie, Hayden and Rama (inverted)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Term 1 2015

Time really flies by so quickly, and with that, another term comes to an end.

Last year we farewelled Ms Lewis from the Dance Department, and this year we welcomed Ms Melchior into the whanau as her replacement.  So Dance has been ahum with changes and new directions for the last few months.

We started the year with a bang, being involved in the Greytown Arts Festival.  Nicki-Marie Campbell and Nicky Carlisle used their Circus skills to busk in the town centre, the musicians opened for "Tunes of I" and the Drama Department put on a 25 minute Flash-mob Shakespeare performance in the park, a combination of love scenes from 5 Shakespearean plays.
Keziah Stonnell as the Fool

The Cast of "Loves Labours Won"

Connor Fenwick and Nicki-Marie Campbell from "Taming of the Shrew"

Connor Taumoepeau as the Duke from "Twelfth Night"

Amber Spicer and Thor Elley as "Anthony and Cleopatra"

Then we were straight into the Sheillah Winn Festival of Shakespeare in Schools.  We rehearsed and performed "Henry VI, Pt 1", the Joan of Arc story from Shakespeare.  Though this was unplaced, we did win the 5 minute section with "Richard III" so we will be off to the national competition in June with Egan Tearle and Zoe Thurston performing.
The cast of "Henry VI, pt 1" led by Natalie Bennett as Joan of Arc

Term 2 brings more action with the Production getting underway, which will hopefully be "South Pacific"... we are just waiting on the rehearsal scripts.  Rockquest will again be a big thing, and the Music classes are getting their bands sorted.  In a few weeks we will be having the Junior Show Offs event which will showcase the skill in the Junior school.