We are only 3 weeks into the third school term, but what a lot we have done already! With a busy few weeks devising before the holidays, everyone from our Wednesday group, along with a couple from the Thursday group (hot off the heals of their own production of Wolf Boy and 100) was busy learning lines for their newly developed script ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ in preparation for the Hawke’s Bay Theatrefest on Fri 2 and Sat 3rd August.
Our busy week of rehearsals paid off when we received the following awards:
Merit Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tessa Rao
Best Actor – Simon Tate
Best Youth Production
Best Director – Andy Brigden
Best Overall Production
It was a wonderful weekend of theatre and it was great to see so many youth productions involved – 4 out of the 5 entries to the festival were youth, and the 5th adult production starred our very own Eve Fuller (Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) who picked up a merit award for Best Supporting Actor!
So, now we are off to the next round in Masterton on Saturday 24 August for the Lower North Island Regionals. We are very excited about our first road trip together!
In the meantime, we were very lucky to be invited by Theatre Hawke’s Bay to share a fundraiser with them to help fund the trip as they will be taking their musical youth production of ‘One for the Road’, written and directed by Charles Harter, down to the Regionals too. So, make sure you get along to see that on Sunday 18th at 7pm at the Playhouse Theatre.
But the action doesn’t stop there…last week of course we were super lucky to have Jamie McCaskill and Tikapa Productions bring their play ‘Manawa’ to Hawke’s Bay. Not only were we treated to wonderful professional theatre, but also fantastic workshops tailored to the needs of the schools. Jamie worked with Yr 9s and 10s at Flaxmere College, Yr 11s and 13s at Havelock North High, Yr 12s at
Napier Girls High, Yr 11-13s at William Colenso and of course the HaBYT students who did some character work, inlcuding exploring Laban, to hone the definition of their multiple roles in ‘Seven Deadly Sins’.
Tomorrow we will be getting a slice of Ancient Greek theatre at Woodford House with their production of Antigone, which two of our own students, Angela Seol and Simon Tate, are involved in, then next Tuesday some of us will go and see Massive Company’s production of ‘The Brave’ at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House.
Phew! Don’t you just love theatre!