Term 3 has been packed full of events for Drama and Music. Here is a snapshot of the highlights from the term.
The performance of the Year 13 Drama Production was incredibly successful, with a sell out crowd of 120 people at Te Whare o Rukutia. The students all did so well in their respective parts and held strong the mana of both the Arts at the college, and the presence of the school in the wider community. It was a great example of how support from the PFA enabled the students to reach a higher level of performance and professionality in their mahi. They were able to witness working professionals in both Production and tech management work to make the show happen. As well as have the experience of performing to a large supportive audience in a public venue. All in all a very successful process.
Saturday 2nd of September saw the Rockshop BandQuest (an event similar to rockquest but for younger students) take place at Taieri College. John McGlashan band Odd Ones Out came away with a jointly-held Best Vocalist award, and the Rocking Drummer award!
The Lower south island Theatre fest was held at Allen hall on the 26th of August, and our group performed admirably amongst the groups on the day. The piece stood out as being the only student written (and directed) piece. Eli Gepte came away with an Excellence in Acting award, but unfortunately our ākonga were not one of the two groups that were selected to go through to the nationals. However, Zoe Eckhoff was highly commended for her script at the National festival, as well as getting a second place award for her poster. This is an amazing achievement especially considering most of the groups consisted of adult members.
Dunedin Youth Jazz Festival
The John McGlashan Big Band played spectacularly at the Dunedin Youth Jazz Festival. The Band came away with a Silver award, as well as awards for ‘Best Drummer’ going to Emilio Ghosh-Novero (Year 12), and ‘Most Promising Guitarist’ going to Rylan Urquhart (Year 13).
The Ōtepoti Secondary Schools Improv club has been continuing to meet every Monday afternoon this term, culminating in an amazing End-of-Year showcase to friends and family.
Ngā Whakaari o te Fete - Fete performances
Our music groups and musicians were on full display at the John McGlashan fete. With the Choir and Jazz band both going through their entire repertoire to the crowds, and amazing performances from many of the student bands. There was also a spot near the chapel in which a few of our solo musicians shared some incredible music. It was a big day for our wonderful HOD Music Steven McNulty, setting up all the sound gear and mixing/adjusting mics and sound continuously in two different spots for the whole event.