Dargaville High School students performed The Seven Stages of Grief at the Showquest competition

Top performance for dancers

by Ann van Engelen

Dargaville High School performing arts students competed at the regional Showquest championships in Whangarei last week and placed third and took out the Props Award for their performance The Seven Stages of Grief.

Bream Bay College won the event with Whangarei Girls’ High School placing second. Dargaville Intermediate School gained the Music Soundtrack Award.

“Showquest is a student-led production, which incorporates dance, drama and technology. The emphasis is on the students taking the reins,” says teacher Haley Corfield.

“Participating gives them the opportunity to do what they love, whether it be dance, drama, directing, being a part of the backstage team or all of the above. It takes maturity to handle such a delicate topic as grief and to include everyone. It shows our students that a small rural school can go up against much bigger schools with more of an arts focus and still be in the running.” Ms Corfield says pupils also learn that working in a team is enjoyable, which is why Dargaville High School competes in this competition and Stage Challenge annually.

“It is a valuable experience to be involved. Bream Bay and Whangarei Girls’ High School are always going to be tough competition. Their concepts were well beyond what would be expected of high school students, and they each have a few wins under their belt.

“Judging by the tears of the audience members in dress rehearsals and the performance night, students know that they communicated something important.”