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Students Report on Performing Arts

ih_vpa2_june2015The 2015 Arts Showcase

This was an evening displaying a great variety of extraordinary visual and performing arts talents and allowed many girls to present their cultural abilities to the wider Woodford community.

Some of the items included Seaweek poetry readings and NCEA and Year 10 Drama performances. Some groups used the evening as a dress rehearsal for their upcoming competitions. These groups included performances from all three Big Sing choirs – Up Close, Junior and Chapel choirs, Chamber Music pieces, a sneak preview of the Stage Challenge dance piece and a performance from the Shakespeare piece ‘Merchant of Venice’.

The evening allowed the girls the chance to perform their pieces to both their peers and the public. The evening was jam-packed with creative items each bringing something new and interesting to the stage. The night was a complete success and a great demonstration of Woodford’s cultural cornerstone.

Traleenah Bentley, Arts Prefect


ih_vpa3_june2015Big Sing Success

The Chapel Choir was the recipient of the Adjudicator’s Award at the 2015 ‘Big Sing’ choral competition. This award is given to the choir who provides the most memorable performance for the adjudicator.

This award was given to us for our performance of ‘Prayer of the Children’ by Kurt Bestor.

The girls worked extremely hard in the months before the competition to improve individually and as a group. We had the amazing experience of taking part in workshops with David Hamilton, as part of the Artist in Residence programme, which helped us to develop our techniques and learn new skills that helped immensely in this competition.

We enjoyed competing against the other 35 choirs from our region and are thrilled that our hard work and that of our Director, Ms Tobin, was recognised.

The experience Big Sing gave us was wonderful and has led to positive ideas and hopes for what we can do in the future.

Hannah Kitchin, Head of Chapel Choir


ih_vpa6_june2015Sheilah Winn Group

Our group had been chosen from the Hawke’s Bay Regional SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival to take our five minute scene to Wellington to the national festival. It was a great opportunity for the girls to act on the big stage at the St James Theatre. Our scene was from ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and focused on Portia and the riddle her suitors tried to solve in order to win her hand in marriage.

The performances from schools throughout New Zealand were over two days and the variety of performances was amazing and it was really interesting to see different schools perspectives on Shakespeare’s plays.

Girls really enjoyed the whole experience. We headed to Wellington on Thursday, 28 May and spent the weekend in the capital as the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand had organised different activities for the students. On Friday morning we were given a talk by different providers of tertiary education and were told about possible career paths in the performing arts. On Friday afternoon each student went to one or two workshops focusing on different skills. My workshop was in the design department at Toi Whakaari and other girls workshops ranged from ‘Acting through Singing’ to ‘Dynamic Dramaturgy for Shakespeare Performance’. These workshops were held by experts in their field and were really enjoyable and beneficial experiences. In the evenings we went to different theatre performances: a Greek comedy – Lysistrata and an improvised performance both at BATS Theatre and a play called ‘A Servant to Two Masters’ at Circa.

The girls came away with a new understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare and his plays. They had an amazing weekend and it was a great opportunity for the girls to perform and experience the arts culture in Wellington. Our performance was really successful and we got plenty of laughs from the audience and I am really proud of the whole cast. Everyone made new friends with other performing arts students from all around New Zealand and was so inspired by the weekend that they are already planning ahead to next year’s performance!

Kaitlin Rickard, Director


Up Close

Up Close, our a Capella group, performed for the first time under our new Director Jose Aparicio at the Big Sing this year. We had a great performance which was well received by the audience.

I am really proud of how the group has grown this year and especially getting a mention for the Adjudicators Award for our performance of ‘Johnny Said No’.

We are really looking forward to the rest of the year and growing as a choir.

Sarah Ardin, Head of Up Close


ih_vpa4_june2015Junior Choir at Big Sing

On Wednesday, 27 May, the Junior Choir participated in the East Coast regionals of the annual Big Sing Competition, held at the Napier Cathedral. This year there was a record 34 choirs from around the region. We sang three songs that were judged during the day and a gala performance that night.

‘Benue Lulleby’ was our first song written by David Hamilton, our Artist in Residence. Next, our soloists Bella Christie, Katarina Porima and Brooke Wray stole the spotlight when they sang ‘I am Beautiful’ by Candice Glover. Finally, we sang ‘Kyrie Canon’ by Andy Beck which is a sweet, soft, angelic piece accompanied by Susannah Hansen on the piano and Annah Knowles on the flute.

Our choir has 26 girls, of which 16 were new this year, all from Year 7-10. This meant that the competition was a new experience for most of the choir. The girls really loved participating and also enjoyed listening to the other choirs from Hawke’s Bay. We are all excited for what is to come in Junior Choir for the rest of the year and Big Sing again next year.

Emily Park, Co-Head of Junior Choir


ih_vpa5_june2015House Drama

Rehearsals are busy, scripts are down and all Year 7-10 students are focused and excited ready for their performance in this year’s House Drama. Directed by selected Year 12 students the plays to be presented this year are:

Frimley: ‘Cat in the Hat’

Rouncil: Aladdin

Tauroa: St Trinian’s

Wallingford: The Wizard of Oz

Performances are on Thursday, 2 July at 7.00pm and Friday, 3 July at 1.15pm in the Woodford Hall.

Please contact the Admin Office on 873 0700 or email suzanna.elliott@woodford.school.nz  to reserve your tickets.

There is a gold coin entry fee and a raffle.