Over fifty Avondale College students are about to take part in Aotearoa's biggest performing arts competition when they step onto the stage of the Aotea Centre this evening!
Avcol's ShowQuest group for 2021 features 39 students in the cast and around 20 in the crew managing hair and makeup, props, lighting, soundtrack and the custom video wall.
Student directors Izzy Simmons and Izabella Hosie and the student committee have been planning the ten minute visual spectacular since March, and Sunday rehearsals have taken place over the past ten weeks in the lead up to their performance at the Auckland regional competition.
Their performance explores the theme of the impact of technology and social media on youth, and is told using the narrative of the Pied Piper, explains Izzy.
"We look at how easy it is to be sucked into your phones and technology and social media," she says. "It happens through the story of the Pied Piper who uses technology to control the children and lead them away..."
"Be thoughtful. Be careful what you believe," says Izabella. "Not everything you see on social media is true!"
The student-led group is supported by teachers Ms Carolyn Medland and Mr Les Hughes who have given guidance and input when needed, based on their years of involvement with ShowQuest and its previous iteration, Stage Challenge. In fact, 2021 marks the twentieth year of Mr Hughes' involvement!
"Mr Hughes and Ms Medland have been very supportive," says Izabella. "We definitely couldn't have done this without them - the collaboration worked really well!"
The girls say they are excited and nervous about the upcoming performance.
"People don't really realise how many hours of work it takes to get to this point," says Izzy. "We are just happy to be getting on the stage!"