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SIgn Up for the School production

posted Jan 26, 2012, 2:26 AM by Barnaby James

Auckland Festival

posted Feb 20, 2011, 11:01 AM by Barnaby James




Vietnamese Water Puppets a fantastic cultural and educational experience for years 1-13 in a magical outdoor setting! Authentic stories of village life featuring fishermen, farmers and dragon, and lively Vietnamese folk Orchestra. Don’t miss the special schools matinees. 

When Thur 3 & Fri 4 Mar 10.30am, 
Fri 11 Mar (SOLD OUT), Wed 16 Mar 12pm
Where Festival Garden, Aotea Square
Cost $15.00 Students and teachers 



Parents and Teachers! Are you looking for an artistic, creative, educational activity for students or children between 5 and 12 years of age? Then read more about the 
Water Puppet Design competition.

Kids! Construct your own unique dragon puppet using  recycled household materials. Our four winning entrants will receive their own authentic water puppet, carved by Vietnamese artists of the Thang Long Water Puppet Troupe.


Young critics seeking a bigger audience for their personal observations are invited to put fingers to keyboard this March for the Auckland Arts FestivalSchools Review Competition.

Students! If you are from years 11-13 and attend a Festival show, then let us know what you think and why, in 400 words or less. 



The free Festival Garden Party celebrates the next generation of Kiwi talent with free music and fun activites for the families, in the heart of our BIG little city. 


A work by John Reynolds… and you!

In the age of mass communication, and with a young generation increasingly technologically involved, everything is news. Combining this willingness to share information with forms of physical action such as the protest march, I’m Just Saying is like a Facebook status update page taken out of the virtual realm and into the streets. Inviting kids of all ages to share their ideas on placards and banners, I’m Just Saying will be a wonderful absurdist action, a debate with no moot, a protest with too many messages.





Young musicians are also a feature on the TV3 Festival Garden Stage, with the Kiwileles, a gathering of ukulele orchestras from Auckland schools brought together by the NZ Ukulele Trust taking over the square for an en-masse performance.

Young artists who have excelled in the Play It Strangesecondary school songwriting competition are also performing on Family Day, followed by the only Band of Strangers for 2011 - aspiring teen performers joined by iconic Kiwi musicians Karl Stevens, Nick Atkinson and rising star Annah Mac.




When Thur 3 Mar 8pm,
Auckland Town Hall
Fri 4 Mar 8pm, Telstra Clear Events Centre, Manukau
Cost $17.50 Students and teachers

Ihimaera, a celebration of the words of Māori literary icon Witi Ihimaera, is a relevant work for Music, Māori and English students and their teachers.  Warren Maxwell, SJD, King Kapisi, Teremoana Rapley and eight other leading Kiwi music acts perform a remarkable concert of original songs, with lyrics written by Witi Ihimaera.  The completed tracks were released as a full length compliation album called Ihimaera on February 14.

 “Ihimaera was my chance to write the songs I carry in my heart about our country, belonging and being us. Have I had fun? You betcha.

And to have New Zealand's top contemporary singers compose and sing them? Wow.”

Witi Ihimaera

 Don't miss this very special concert for students from year 11 to 13 at Auckland Arts Festival 2011.

Theatre Sports

posted Feb 17, 2011, 12:48 PM by Barnaby James

If you enjoy Theatre Sports and want to be apart of the WSC team, then join us in TAPAC studio 4 Monday luch times.

Race Unity Speech Award

posted Feb 16, 2011, 12:40 PM by Rita Stone

If you want to be in the chance to win up to $750 for yourself and $750 for the school for a speech about race relations in Aotearoa/ New Zealand, this could be a great opportunity for you. The speech must be 7-8 minutes long, can be in either Te Reo or English, is only available to Yrs11,12,13 and the regional heats are on Weds 23rd and Thurs 24th March.
In preparing your speech you must consider the following question:
"See you no strangers; rather see all... as friends, for love and unity come hard when [you] fix your gaze on otherness... we must be at one with every people." (Baha'i Writings)
Deadline for entries is Friday 11 March.
See Ms Stone for an entry form.

Sheilah Winn 2011

posted Feb 14, 2011, 4:51 PM by Rita Stone

Registrations are now underway for this year's Sheilah Winn Shakepseare Festival. Please attend the meeting in TAPAC on Wednesday 16 February fo rmore information, or visit the Sheilah WInn site within
YEAR 11s - You may discuss with your teacher the possibility of entering a scene in the Sheilah Winn that fulfills the 1.4 Theatre Form Standard you will be studying in teh second half of this term. (You will need to work within the boundaries set by your teacher, and with another member of YOUR drama class, for this to be considered.)

ATC Young and Hungry

posted Feb 7, 2011, 5:02 PM by Rita Stone

Registrations are now open for theatre-obsessed young Aucklanders to take part in the YOUNG AND HUNGRY Festival – a showcase of three plays written especially for the text generation.
Presented by the Auckland Theatre Company, in association with the Young and Hungry Arts Trust (Wellington), the festival takes place at the Basement Theatre from 23 July – 6 August 2011.
Registrations are open to anyone aged between 15 and 25 years old. There are opportunities for actors, designers, stage managers, publicists and backstage crew, with all roles mentored by seasoned professionals.
You MUST register to audition or get an interview for YOUNG AND HUNGRY, but no previous experience is necessary. Everyone who registers to perform will get an opportunity to audition; everyone who registers for a production role will get an interview. Registrations close at 4.30pm on Friday 4 March 2011.
Auditions will be held on Saturday 19 March and Sunday 20 March, with recall auditions the following weekend, Saturday 26 March and Sunday 27 March. Production role interviews will be held Saturday 19 March.
Download and complete the registration form below. Submit the completed form to Ms Stone or Mr James in TAPAC, or submit it directly to ATC as per the instructions.

Auckland Festival

posted Feb 4, 2011, 2:49 PM by Barnaby James

It that time again where Auckland city becomes a hub of of art, culture and performance.  The 2011 Auckland Festival of the Arts.  As a student of Drama, Dance and PAT you get a whole day to experience what this fantastic festival has to offer.  For more detail see you teacher. 

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