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Performing Arts

Phil Pegler —

As you walk around Naenae College, you hear music...

As you walk around Naenae College, you hear music, whether it is the beating out of a tune, strumming of a guitar or voices blending into beautiful harmony, students continually inspire and entertain others as they move around ….we are a musical school and we do it well!

Student love being in Performing Arts – before school, interval, lunchtime, even after school. There is a contant stream of talented students. There is no shortage of talent to perform at the regular term concets and the New Zealand Music month concert organised by students at lunchtime was a big success.

Smokefree Rockquest

Congratulations to Susanna Graham for taking out the regional Duet/Solo section. She has a promising career ahead. She performed her own songs at the opera house wowing judges and audience alike. Other performances at Zeal, school assemblies, and senior Prizegiving showcased her exquiste songwriting skills to a wider audience.

Opera Performance at School

New Zealand Opera in schools came to school to perform the Barber of Seville towards the end of term one. All Year 9 students and students involved in Junior and Senior Choir were invited to watch the concert. It was the first time many of us had seen opera performed, and it was a very new experience. There was humour, great singing, and lots of fun throughout the performance and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Opera Dress Rehearsal

A small group of students from Senior Choir took the school vans with Mr Boyes and Mr Pegler to Wellington in the evening to go to the St. James Theatre to watch the dress rehearsal of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) performed by the New Zealand Opera company. It was an amazing show, with incredible moving sets, extravagant costumes, great singing and a fun story. It was a long show, lasting about three hours, and was all in Italian, but with subtitles and great acting everyone enjoyed it. It was great to see a professional opera, and was the first time for many students to experience a full opera performance.

Barbershop Workshop

A small group from Senior Choir went to Sacred Heart College towards the end of term one to participate in a Barbershop workshop, led by world champion barbershop quartet singer, Matthew Gifford from the Musical Island Boys, and Henrietta Hunkin. We first got warmed up together, and then the boys and girls split and learnt two different barbershop songs in their groups. We then came back together and performed the songs we had learnt to each other. For many it was the first time singing barbershop, and it was great fun to be singing with big groups with this new style of music, learning from such great singers.

Big Sing

A group of fourty Naenae students entertained a full house at the Michael Fowler Centre. The students had a lot of fun with rap and dance battles breaking out every now and then in our free time. Ably led by Mr Boyes, Sue on piano and a small group of instrumentalists they wowed the crowd with three songs, Aotearoa by Stan Walker, God Be In My Head by John Rutter, and I Smile by Kirk Franklin.

The choir was presented with the adjudicators award for best student announcer. In the opening Fruen and Jeremiah effectively communicated the spirit, humour and vitality of Naenae students. People are still raving about the evening performance of Aotearoa. Well done team.