“Stories from Selwyn St” - Major Production

Published on Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 3:40 p.m. Print Article

A famous writer once wrote, “start telling the stories that only you can tell”. Our self-devised School Production this year was exactly that -  a light-hearted historical journey from the 1950s to the 1990s in New Zealand.
Over 100 students acted on stage and over 50 students in support crews for makeup, backstage, film and technical. All the staff participated and we were able to move from Sir Ed Hillary climbing Mt Everest in the 1950s to Christchurch in the 1960s when the Beatles came to town. This segment was based on Mrs Lipscombe’s real-life experience as a school girl going to see the Beatles.
The Art Dept and students created images for the background LED curtain and props. This was a huge help with creating different scenes. The 1970s had a sports and athletics focus. The 1980s was the most confronting part of the Show with events that changed our country forever and some female heroes as well. The 1990s was based on New Zealand’s first medical soap opera and ended with a true story from our school.  Band members from “Zed” were taught by our Principal Mr Hastings when he was a young teacher and we were fortunate enough for the drummer to come along and see our show.
Amongst the stories that were acted out on stage, we had dance ensembles, Pasifika group, bands playing and newsreels to assist with the storytelling. Thank you to all the families who came and supported the show, we are very proud of all our students.