At the end of 2012 Ms Christian the Head
of Drama at Melville High School asked
Mrs Bleaken if we wanted to join Melville
High school in Stage Challenge. She said
After 100 hours of rehearsal, costuming
and props making we joined 13 other
schools on June 25th
. It was a long day.We
started at 7am and finished at 11.30 pm!
Here is our story.
The concept of a Chinese dragon was
used to make the Taniwha which had
The sets were of Maori and Pasifica
Palm trees to create a jungle effect.
Scenes backstage at Claudelands Event
The story behind the performance
Cian Gardiner and Nick Martin year 13
students at Melville High school came up with
the idea of exploring the impact of humans on
the earth. They intertwined this concept with
the Maori legend of Rangi and Papa.
The opening scene starts with a heart beat, the
first breath of life as Rangi and Papa cling to
each other. Soon all the forces seek to separate
them until they can no longer defend
themselves or each other from the ferocious
impact of humans and war.
A chilling reinforcement of their title Reap what
Set, design and function
Spirit of Stage Challenge
HamiltonWinner of the Open Division