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school show

The Performing Arts Faculty mounts a school wide musical production annually.

School Show 2015

This year’s show attracted huge positive acclaim from our school community and the cast got a special visit, with advice, from our own Lorde.  She surprised everyone with an excited talk about her own experience of being in a school show (West Side Story) and the highlight it has been in her life.  She urged the cast to give their performance full power and recalled a directive from Mr De Grut – “whoever you are on the stage, play intention.”
Ella would not have been surprised, when she came to opening night, by the loud enthusiasm of the audience greeting a show many described as professional and highly entertaining. The show’s impact on audience was not accidental.
The level of student involvement was one of the most impressive aspects. The many jobs encouraged strong student leadership. Shani and Celine Human did the choreography with a team of accomplished dancers. Gabe Ford and Caoimhe Fidgeon stage managed, which involved running rehearsals, organizing props, set changes, microphones on cast, recording the staging and calling the changes to Max Griffiths on lights; Jordan Blum ran set changes from the wings with positive and commanding reliability.

Ella Cornfield (who was Nancy) says the show looked as she’d hoped when she approached Mr De Grut and Ms Horder last year with other students keen to mount a student-driven show. “The group had approached Principal, Mr Lamb, with a scary budget and he greeted their initiative with his usual enthusiasm. It was a goer so long as we stayed within budget”. 

So many to thank…

A highly active parent group (spear-headed by Ms Diane Eaglesome, Mr Iain Fraser and Ms Heidi Rosser) raised funds to give us a healthy income even before we opened. The production had professional input from Mr Vaughan Clements (set design), Ms Jane Horder (Vocal and Music Director) and Ms Annamarie Dixon (Wardrobe).

The Performing Arts Department drove the show. Mr Stent conducted the orchestra consisting mostly of students whom he wanted to have the learning experience of working with adult musicians – Mr and Mrs Cornfield, Ms Roe, Mr Anthony Elmsly and Ms Miriam Robinson. That sinuous clarinettist was Year 13 student, Frank Talbot.

Directing the music and the singing, Ms Horder provided great opportunities for our top singers, none more so than with her version of “Who Will Buy” with its multiple voices and heartslowing harmonies. She also worked on the look of that number which had such an exquisite opening section before breaking into the lively choreography by Celine and Shani.

Costumes earned deservedly high praise from audience. Ms Dixon ran a parent team and found the nearly 200 changes for cast. NYTC provided a large number for no cost. Ms Deborah Woodward’s Year 12 cast designed and made costumes for Fagin’s Gang from recycled and distressed fabrics. Ms Woodward made the Artful Dodger’s costume.

Ms Jane Rouse produced the show and the Technology Department built the set. Those involved were Mr Karne Reeves, Mr Vaughan Clements, Mr John Northam, Mr Ledlie Nevill, Ms Miriam Aitken, Mr Anthony Kwan, Ms Rouse and Ms Aitken’s Year 12 Technology Resistant Material Students. Mr Kwan also art directed the poster designed by Jack Henderson.

Staff contributed - to the props – Mr Lilly, Ms White, Mrs Woodley, Ms Manning. Ms Jenni Pallister made Mr Bumble’s costume. Mr Francis Potter and the IB Painters decorated the set. Ms Tess McGregor was a parent props doyenne.

Mrs Andrea Charlett-Green ran an efficient eating machine by organizing and providing afternoon teas and dinners for cast at rehearsals. She is named La Cucina Sublima. Mr De Grut directed. He has been wowed by the huge support of parents who helped make the show such a delight for our community. 

We would also like to thank the following people and businesses who sponsored the Oliver! production:

HC Hulme Memorial Fund
Education Unlimited
SBA Takapuna
Astrud Morgan
David and Louise O’Brien
Christina Song
Ignite Architects
Peter Ayton and Phil Clark, Harcourts Devonport
Vivien Kirk
Premium Real Estate Limited
Cockcroft D’Young Moorhouse
Metro Commercial

Oliver Gets Some More

We are immeasurably grateful to our principal sponsor, Premium Real Estate, for coming on board and supporting the school show in the last week of term. Jane Guy, Director of Premium, says  “We at Premium are delighted to be a part of this exciting production".
 
Picture at left shows Jane Guy, Director of Premium Real Estate, surrounded by the highly spirited Fagin’s gang with our two Olivers kneeling
 
Oliver! is shaping up to be a smash with some sensational singing and acting from leads and chorus. The songs are great and Ms Horder has brought out their loveliness in her highly skilled way.
 
Costumes have a steam-punk flavour as assembled by Ms Annamarie Dixon and a team of parent and teacher sewers. Ms Woodward’s Year 12 Soft Tech class are making individual costumes for our 24 strong Fagin’s Gang. It’s a project for Sustainability with the garments sourced from re-cycled materials and made for the individual cast members.
 
Choreographers Celine and Shani Human and their dancers have got the show hopping and turning to suggest the bustle and diversity of London town.
 
The set is growing down in Technology and properties appear from the gluey fingers of the stage crew, led by Stage Managers Caoihme Fidgeon and Gabriel Ford.
 
We are grateful to parent support for building, props-making and cooking up the best dinners ever.  Parent fund-raisers Iain Fraser and Diane Eaglesome have been active finding sponsorship and now, with Premium Real Estate, we are financial. Parents have contributed considerably with a fee. The Bruce Mason Centre and Auckland Live have helped with technical support to get our show up and onstage.
 
Generous sponsorship is also acknowledged from:
 
Platinum Sponsors
Angela Bush - Education Unlimited
Peter Ayton and Phil Clark – Harcourts Real Estate
Guy and Fiona Morris  - Ignite Architects
H.C. Hulme Memorial fund

Gold  Sponsors
Shane Cunliffe - Small Business Accounting
O’Brien family
Song Family

Silver Sponsors
Morgan-Guthrie family
Crockcroft d’Young Moorhouse - Lawyers
 
Oliver! is a popular adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic about an orphan escaping the workhouse to be lured into a kids’ crime gang by the evil Fagin. Nancy is a part of the underworld but tries to help Oliver. The show has plenty of catchy songs such as “Food, Glorious Food”, “Where is Love”, “You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket Or Two”, “Consider Yourself”, “As Long As He Needs Me” and the touching and lyrical “Who Will Buy”.  Belmont Intermediate students auditioned  for roles as well as the 110 TGS students keen to be in the school show. 
 
Principal roles for next year’s musical at the Bruce Mason Centre are:
From left: Sam Stevens as Sykes, Andy Song as Fagan, Christian Swan as Oliver, Ella Cornfield as Nancy. 
 

Nance and Dodger (kneeling)

Oliver rehearsal

Fagin (Thomas Lunt) gives his gang some pocket-picking practice. Oliver (Lauren Towns) watches and learns.

School Show 2012

TAKAPUNA GRAMMAR SCHOOL PRESENTED

WEST SIDE STORY

Bruce Mason Centre 21 – 25 May

Broadway’s greatest show was our challenge for 2012. Our line-up of student talent was outstanding.

Student leads in West Side Story:

Seamus Ford and Peter Sorrenson played Tony.
Petra Bullock and Harriett Maire played Maria.

Drama Performances at TGS

1963
The Mikado
1990
Chicago
1964
n/a
1991
Bye Bye Birdie
1965
n/a
1992
Li'l Abner
1966
The Boyfriend
1993
Dracula
1967
Patience
1994
Anything Goes
1968
As You Like It
1995
Grease
1969
A Country Girl
1996
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1970
New Moon
1997
The Mikado
1971
n/a
1998
The Music Man
1972
n/a
1999
South Pacific
1973
Calamity Jane
2000
The Pajama Game
1974
I Hear Singing
2001
The Pirates Of Penzance
1975
Only An Orphan Girl
2002
HMS Pinafore
1976
Revue
2003
The Crucible
1977
The Way We Were
Jubilee Show
2004
Jesus Christ Superstar
1978
Finian's Rainbow
2005
Oklahama
1979
The Pajama Game
2006
Cabaret
1980
Damn Yankees
2007
Broadway Revue
1981
Zip Goes A Million
2008
Grease
1982
Half A Sixpence
2009
n/a
1983
Annie Get Your Gun
2010
Fiddler on the Roof
1984
Hart And Sole
2011
Into the Woods
1985
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
2012
West Side Story
1986
Guys And Dolls
2013
Godspell
1987
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
2014
Shakespeare Does Love
1988
Fiddler On The Roof
2015
Oliver!
1989
Hello Dolly