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Left to right - Jake Maskill, Noah Purcell, Zac Maskill
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Dramatic Performing Arts and Dance


The latest news from the Drama department.

Our annual Junior Theatre Showcase which started on Sunday 15th November and ends on Tuesday 17th November has been a huge success. We are very proud of the 45 junior students who have been singing, acting, dancing and operating tech throughout the year, to bring a very diverse and captivating compilation. Our two Musical Theatre companies presented excerpts from the two classic shows while the Junior Play was written by two senior students. All the young men involved have had expert experienced tuition from Kirsten Clark, Sophia Parker, Taryn Baxter, Sophie Belcher and a number of senior students. Year 13 students Karmeehan Senthilnathan and Caleb Rayner wrote the Junior Play, Cat Quandary, and assisted with direction.

PNBHS Senior Production students continue to make the Drama department extremely proud. It is so great to see so many crossing the stage in the PNBHS Senior Prizegiving this year. Special shout out must go to: Jacob Dredge, male lead in the 2021 Senior Production, who will be Head Prefect for 2021. Senior Production former Band members, Ciaran Carroll and Joe Inman, were awarded joint Dux Artium, with Me and My Girl male lead, Zac Maskill, as runner up, these students have been part of the Senior Production and/or Junior Musical Theatre. Ciaran and Zac have given hugely to the Drama department and school. We thank you for your many efforts and best wishes. Zac Maskill is the Assistant Director of Dance for the upcoming Senior Production, Streaking Thru’ the 70’s. This is the first time we have had a male in this role. The Burton Cup for outstanding contribution to the Drama Department was won by Karmeehan Senthilnathan and the Kilsby Cup for best performance in class Drama, by Ollie Grant for his portrayal of Tupper in Foreskin’s Lament.

It was fantastic to see dance at PNBHS getting so much recognition at Senior Prizegiving. Zac Maskill and Noah Purcell both were awarded Honours Ties. We believe this is a first for dance and we would like to thank teacher, Mrs Catherine Mills, for supporting our dancers. In the photo above, Jake Maskill is seen with Noah Purcell (centre) and Zac’s brother Jake (left). They were National Winners of open category and national overall duo/trio champions at DanceNZMade 2020.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which Act 3 Productions (formerly Abbey Theatre) open at the Wallace Development Company Theatre this week. We have a number of past and present Boys’ High students in this production including: Logan Tahiwi, Tyler Purdy, Dylan Jay Falkner, Jake Burgess-Hight. Our talented Senior Production choreographer Alex Hughes is also choreographing this amazing show.

Pirates of Penzance at the Globe is now up and running with PNBHS old boy Mark Kilsby as Co-director. PNBHS students involved in this are: Matthew Allen, Ben White, Piripi Pinfold-Whanga, Zac Maskill, Jake Maskill, Liam Bland and Eli Hancock. All the best for your season! 

PNBHS/PNGHS Senior Production Company will present a kaleidoscope of over thirty 1970s’ hits. A cast of 49 is now rehearsing for what will be another spectacular season of song and dance from our young Company which includes a number of cast and crew from the 2020 Junior Theatre Showcase. Bookings open January 1st 2021.