Those who saw "Popstars", our musical production, earlier this year will fully understand why the judges were so wowed by Lewis Tagaloa. Lewis won in his category at the Auckland Schools Showdown competition for best male vocal in a minor role. Competing against many other schools in the Auckland region, Lewis won for his outstanding performance of MC Hammer’s “You can’t Touch this” in this year’s Lynfield College Production of “Popstars”. Lewis had all the moves and the rap vocal down to a fine art (at left of image)
The 2015 Lynfield College production was Popstars. Directed by Celia Nicholson this 90’s musical sported hits such as “Hit me Baby One more Time” and “Hero”.
David Fa’aulaga and Emma Purro played their parts with great heart while Elizabeth Wongchiu was suitably evil in the overly ambitious role of Shannon. Rachel Clarke as the somewhat slow Tina, Marylinda Lamositele as Charlie, O’Shara Ardelean as Steffi, Jules Wagner as the mum Shane and Ben Roughan as the “player” all provided many of the laughs for audiences. Joseph Peteru, playing Shannon’s twin brother, must be mentioned for his extraordinary singing. He is, unbelievably, a Year 9 student.
The Band directed by Lisa Norman was awesome as was the singing directed by Belinda Mittermeier. Special mention should go to Sarah Jordan for the massive amount of choreography she invented for the show as well as the amazing input of time and effort she put into rehearsals. Neil Waddington not only designed all the lighting this year but he also built most of the set including the magical mobile walls. A huge contribution to the look of the show and the stage crew were always up to the challenge of quick scene changes.
The show had a fantastic ensemble cast who faithfully turned up to rehearsals and were impressive in their commitment and energy. A big thank you to all staff and students involved, including those who contributed by way of costume, makeup, front of house, publicity etc.
All in all with the packed houses, the show was a wonderful and satisfying success.
And to answer your questions...
|Don't we only do musicals at Lynfield College? Is it Romeo and Juliet - The Musical?
Does it have music?
Isn’t Shakespeare too hard? Won’t it be too difficult to understand with all that Shakespearian language? No
Why stage Rome and Juliet?
Firstly, Romeo and Juliet has remained in the global canon of literature because one of the greatest poets from the past 400 years of Western Civilisation wrote it. Secondly, for the enduring theme : that prejudice has tragic outcomes.
Writing in Europe in the 1600s, William Shakespeare saw exactly the same human frailties as we witness today: ingrained regimes of culture, religion, politics and wealth; social states that define, and confine, individual freedom.
One only has to consider the current world situation to recognise the relevance of William Shakespeare’s theme:
Christian / Muslim; Israeli / Palestinian; Tutsi / Hutu; Sunni / Shiite; Mongrel Mob / Black Power; Rich / Poor; Crip / Blood; Left / Right; East / West; Black / White; Montague and Capulet
The story is a tragedy about the futile deaths of the young in society. The universal theme is personalised effectively to reach both young and old. The resultant horror expressed in the play by the families and the authorities at the demise of the two lovers, combined with the emotional sense of loss experienced by the audience, creates a potent opportunity for insight.
The purpose of art, the purpose of literature, is to hold up a mirror so that we might see ourselves and the world we inhabit, more clearly. That is why we are producing, Romeo and Juliet. Come. See for yourself, whether it be Art or not.
Unusually, this production will be ‘in the round’ – a central stage with the audience in scaffolded seating on four sides of the hall. Another modern aspect is the dancing at the Capulets’ party, where energetic hiphop and latin dance skills will be on display. The set, costumes and performances will create anew Shakespeare’s story in the modern world, as lovers meet while their feuding families go to war and prove unable to stop their fighting, with bitter consequence.
Starring in “Romeo and Juliet” are experienced drama students. They include Dion Pritchard as Romeo, winner of Best Supporting Actor at the AMI awards last year, and Emily Jenkins as Juliet.
Other cast members are Holly Stokes as the very comical nurse, Breanna Blackwell as Lady Capulet, Josh Edmonds as Lord Capulet, Tom Jaeger as Mercutio, Billy Scarfe as Benvolio, James Olsen as Tybalt, Ben Fleming Yates as Balthasar and Gregory, Anup Menon as Sampson, Brayden Silby as Lord Montague, Samantha Holland as Lady Montague, and playing the prince as a Queen instead, is Zoe Vickery. As well a large number of students are participating in the chorus, sword fighting and dancing.