Boost for Tarawera theatre tour

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ANIMAL FARM: Tarawera High School-formed company Full Swing Productions is seeking funding to take their theatre production, Animal Farm, on tour in the Eastern Bay. Photo supplied

FULL Swing Productions, a theatre company formed by Tarawera High School, is fundraising for its first tour.

Drama teacher Antony Pritchard said students would perform George Orwell’s Animal Farm around the Eastern Bay with six performances planned at Kawerau, Whakatane, Edgecumbe and Murupara.

With a 40-people crew, the company has chosen to crowdfund through the Boosted website to raise the money necessary to cover production and travel costs.

The tour begins at Tarawera High School with performances on Thursday and Friday, then travels to Whakatane for shows on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 at the Little Theatre.

A free show will be held in Edgecumbe to support flood-affected families on Monday, July 3. On Tuesday, July 4, the show will wind up its tour in Murupara.

The company and theatre production is the result of the integrated approach to drama, dance and performing arts taken by Tarawera High School.

Created at the end of last year, the company forms part of a multi-level performing arts course offered to year 11 to year 13 students.

For the past three years, school has offered an integrated dance and music course.

Mr Pritchard said arts teachers changed curriculum this year to give it an industry approach.

The students learnt about technical aspects such as lighting and sound and costumes and makeup.

They also learnt about marketing and budgeting and would gain NCEA credits from the course.

Mr Pritchard said since term-one, when the production process started, the company had been very busy.

“The buy-in around the whole process has been great. The students are enthusiastic for the project.”

If you would like to donate money to help Full Swing Production take their theatre production on tour, visit http://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/tarawera-on-tour.

haylee.king@whakatanebeacon.co.nz

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