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Mangere College Magazine 2017

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Performing Arts Mr Ben Euden Mr Thomas Pearson Ms Catherine Thomson the performing arts department In 2017, the Music and Dance Departments joined to form the new Performing Arts Department led by HOD Performing Arts, Mr Ben Euden. The team consists of Teacher of Music, Mr Thomas Pearson, Teacher of Dance, Mrs Catherine Thomson and also welcomes Performing Arts Technician, Mrs Emily Heeney. This amalgamation has allowed for effective collaborative work between Music and Dance demonstrated at the MC Performing Arts Night in June and the Excel School of Performing Arts Workshop/ Performance events. - Emily Heeney, Performing Arts Technician Ms Emily Heeney 'This amalgamation has allowed for effective collaborative work between Music and Dance...' Awa – When Two Rivers Collide: Performing Arts Trip A select group of senior Music and Dance students went to watch Awa – When Two Rivers Collide at the Auckland Town Hall on 23rd March as part of the Auckland Dance Project. They were treated to a high quality show featuring dancers from Atamira Dance Company. as well as traditional Maori and Chinese musicians. The soundscape was a fusion of Western and Eastern musical traditions including choral elements supplied by The National Youth Choir and a choir from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o te Kotuku. Many thanks go to the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for their generosity in helping fund this trip. - Mr Euden, HOD Performing Arts 52 Mangere College - 2017

ROCKqUEST on Saturday 13th May, MC band ‘effectively‘ successfully sailed through the Manukau heats and into the regional final of the Smokefree rockquest competition, 2017. The band was up against twelve other groups from different schools when they performed on Friday 16th June at the Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls’ Grammar School. Taua Tavioni (Drums and band leader extraordinaire), William Fonua (Bass), Criss Papau (Vocals), Isaak Samoa (E. Guitar), Holly Rapana (E.-Acoustic Guitar) and Wesley Komiti (Keyboard) all represented MC with great stage presence and much pride. Despite not getting through to the next round on this occasion, they should be applauded for such a lively performance and all their efforts in the lead up to the event. Many congratulations go to Criss Papau for winning best vocalist on the night! - Ms Taryn Slee, Rockquest Facilitator PERFORMING ARTS NIGHT on wednesday, the 21st June, Mangere College had its first Music-dance combined Performing arts Night featuring a group of 40 talented musicians and dancers. They took over the auditorium and entertained with an exciting visual and musical spectacle comprising a range of original contemporary dance works, drum, guitar and vocal solos, vocal ensemble performances and band performances. The backstage area was buzzing as students excitedly prepared for their turn in the spotlight and supported their peers. The event kicked off with a mighty drum solo by Tearataua Tavioni, followed by two impressive guitar solos from Nicholas Ingram and Nathan Ashin. The huge potential and raw talent displayed by the performers was highly evident as they showcased their own arrangements of songs and routines to a receptive crowd. Dance groups from Levels 1, 2 and 3 performed their own original compositions including ‘Beauty is Found on the Inside’, ‘Community, Prejudice and Judgement’ and a piece based on either a waka or pounamu. The quality of these performances demonstrates the growth and development of Dance at MC under the capable hands and expertise of Mrs Thomson. The supportive, enthusiastic crowd gave a warm reception when they were treated to a Samoan traditional song beautifully sung by Victoria Soti and Josephine Fa’asisila. They were excellently accompanied by Wesley Komiti who continues to impress on piano. MC’s newly formed Gospel Band delivered a rousing performance of ‘Chasing Me Down’ by Israel Houghton featuring Vera Wilson, Veronika Faalogo, Spencer Moli and Lopi Papau on vocals. They were joined by Joeta Taituave Fuimaono (drums), David Vaatofu (bass), Caleb Chan-Ting (piano) and Tonga Palenapa (guitar). Many congratulations to the band and thanks to Mr Pearson, band director. Following on from the outstanding Year 12/13 class dance, one of the highlights of the evening was the Year 11 class dance to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, complete with mood lighting, zombie costumes, makeup and superb choreography. The resident rock band, ‘Effectively’, closed off the night with their original song ‘End of Time’, which saw the whole audience up on their feet dancing the night away. Special mention goes to lead singer, Criss Papau, for his two fantastic vocal performances on the night. It was truly an electric and unifying night that had the Performing Arts students and staff in their element and already looking forward to the next one! Many thanks to staff, families and friends who supported the event. - Mr Euden, HOD Performing Arts Mangere College - 2017 53

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