SunLive – Schools compete for performing arts award

Trustpower Arena hosted school teams performing at Showquest, Aotearoa’s largest performing arts competition for schools.

Bay of Plenty was the fifth region to host the event.

Rockquest Promotions general manager Matt Ealand said this year’s regional Showquest competition has once again opened their eyes to the talent of young rangatahi in New Zealand.

“We are extremely grateful to be back with live events this year and once again we are amazed at the high quality of the performances,” said Matt.

“The leadership and teamwork required to build a performance at this level is immense and these school teams have done an incredible job. “

“I was seriously impressed with all the mana tonight in all of the performances, they took us on a journey and I was so invested every step of the way,” said Grace Palmer, judge for the night.

“There was so much heart going there which was really cool to watch.”

In the Junior section, Lynmore School took the winning place with its play on the theme of your teams. In the Open section, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Hurungaterangi wins the title with his play on the theme “The Lost Boy”, telling the story of a boy growing up in their community.

Teams are judged globally on their production, performance, movement and theme.

The full list of Showquest Bay of Plenty Junior rewards:

1st place: Lynmore School

2nd place: intermediate of Mount Maunganui

3rd place: Tahatai Coast School

Costume and Upgrade: Lynmore School

Best Use of Accessories: Intermediate Mokoia

Best Use of Video Wall: Mount Maunganui Intermediate

Best Theme: Lynmore School

Best Use of Drama: Intermediate Mokoia

ZM Soundtrack Award: St Mary’s Catholic School (Rotorua)

Best Choreography: Lynmore School

Best lighting: Mokoia Intermediate & Tahatai School

Outstanding Rangatahi Award: Ramari of Mount Maunganui Intermediate

Tikanga Prize: Intermediate Mokoia

The full list of Showquest Bay of Plenty Open rewards:

1st place: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

2nd place: Rotorua Boys’ High School

3rd place: Katikati College

Costume and Upgrade: Katikati College

Best use of props: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Best Use of Video Wall: Rotorua Boys’ High School

Best Theme: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Best Use of Theater: Katikati College

ZM Soundtrack Prize: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Best Choreography: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Best Lighting: Katikati College

Outstanding Rangatahi Award: Charlie from Rotorua Boys’ High School

Tikanga Prize: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Dress Art: Jade Newton, Otumoetai College for Going Going Gone!

Showquest takes place in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury, Otago, Southland. A national final will nominate the best national entry in September.

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