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World-class Experience for Ōtaki College Performing Arts Students

posted 3 May 2016, 21:59 by OC Web   [ updated 3 May 2016, 22:01 ]
Stephen Aitken, Digital Media Teacher, talks about the National Youth Drama School workshops that took place in the holidays:

Students from Ōtaki College recently experienced eight days of immersive, intensive training in the performing arts at the annual National Youth Drama School held in Havelock North. World-class instruction by industry professional tutors in acting, dance, music, film and technology makes this the choice for any students wanting to get involved in the performing arts and film. This year saw 5 students joined 260 other 15 - 19 year olds from all across New Zealand.

The workshops took place all day during the week and then culminated in three sharings of work where audiences were treated to the fruits of their labour. Each evening during the week live performances were scheduled for everyone to enjoy. One evening a poetry slam was presented with six poets battling it out to be champion. Judges determined scores and each round a poet was “knocked out” leaving the ultimate winner.

The school offers students a chance to discover a creative community they never imagined existed. The networks developed among students and tutors have proven valuable for the future pathways in the performing arts. In the past many students from the National Youth Drama School have gone on to study at Toi Whakaari Drama School.

The students, Turama Baker-O’Connor, Sophrose London, Kennedy Richardson, Peter Ruru and Chelsea Temperton-Allan, found the experience exhilarating. "We met so many awesome people including all the amazing tutors - every single one of them is so inspirational and I feel so privileged to have been taught by them" commented Kennedy and, from Sophrose, "The end of the week comes with great sadness but also a mind full to the brim with inspiration. The amazing people I meet just completely fill me up with passion and determination for what I can achieve and the possibilities that exist in the world."