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Education: Takapuna Grammar School

A Unique Course in Theatre Arts

The Musical Theatre course, developed by Ms Jane Horder, is the only one of its kind on the Shore.

A full subject, it has the same number of timetabled hours as Chemistry or Mathematics or English. Students may begin in Year 12 and remain for two years if they wish. Four of last year’s Year 12 students are currently in their second year. Their experience is invaluable in assisting the ‘newbies’ to settle in. It is one of the unique features of the course, fully integrating fourth and fifth year students with common goals and outcomes. This is the third year for the course, and the professional outcomes for students have already been wonderful.

Harriett Maire, one of 2012’s second years, not only won a place on a three week trip to the Globe theatre, as part of the 2013 SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company, she also gained an Outstanding Scholarship grade in Drama. Peter Sorrenson continues to be involved with group music at university, after honing his singing talents in shows such as The Alice Project and the Gumboot Project, along with a lead role in West Side Story, pairing with Harriett, as Tony, to her Maria. Petra Bullock has headed to Wellington to continue her song-writing career and Alice Nicholl continues to develop her singing, looking forward to a future in theatre. Meanwhile Seamus Ford is currently directing Grease for the National Youth Theatre Company.

The current production is of Godspell, being performed as an ensemble, although some parts have been identified, with new-comer Josef Scott in the role of Jesus and Roberto Panovski as Judas. Executive director, Rhonda Daverne is at the helm, and Jane Horder is the musical director. The production will go on stage in the School Hall, in April beginning with Sunday matinée at 3.00 p.m. on April 14, followed by three evening performances on 14th, 15th  and 7.30 pm. Student tickets are $10 and adults $20. Bookings on 4894167.


by Channel Editorial