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Oct 292018

RNZN Pinafore set sail with singing, dancing, live music and with a wonderful exhibition of acting at Kuranui College this week.

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This highly-energetic show was revamped from the original HMS Pinafore script and updated to include social commentary on the world we live in today.

“The decision to update HMS Pinafore was made for many reasons,” explained director Juanita McLellan. “Not only was it outdated with its jokes and ideas, it was also the first show performed at Kuranui College. We thought it would be nice to do a tribute to our past pupils as well as acknowledge the world as it is now.”

At its heart is a love story, but also a political reminder of why we celebrate suffragette and inclusiveness. The show has a unique New Zealand flavour from vote for women sashes, to Kiwiana music that the audience kno and loves.

And for many performers, this was their first foray into the world of dramatic arts and they are loving every moment of it.

There were some stand-out moments from this ensemble cast. Corban van Manen’s solo piece was lovely (as was his hair), while Grace Voice, Awhina Southey and Jazz Houghton-Swain showed their repertoire of vocal ranges. Amelia Barton’s cheeky boson and AJ Southey’s characterisation of Sir Joseph had the audience in stitches.

The set, worked on by the students, was a visual treat, with activity pouring out from every nook and cranny, ably assisted by superb lighting and the wonderful live music. Costuming was bright and cheerful; certainly what one would expect to see onboard a navy sailing ship.

The school’s Cultural Awards will be held this Thursday 1st November, where some of these young performers are sure to be recognised.

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