With just a few days' notice, students at North St School in Feilding are gearing up for a royal command performance.
The seasoned performers in the school's Te Ara Raki Maori group will do their school waiata, haka and other numbers from their repertoire under the clock tower as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Feilding's farmers' market on November 15.
The group has performed several times this year and several members have been part of the entertainment troupe for five years.
Organiser and teacher aide Leanne Wallace said highlights of the year to date had been performing at the Missing Wingman Trust variety show and also the military tattoo at Manfeild.
"They work hard and they are very professional when they get on stage. They do make you really proud.
"There will be 25 performers on the day out of a group of 50."
Principal Craig Sharp said it was an honour for the school to be asked by Feilding Promotion manager Helen Worboys to be part of the event. ‘
Mr Sharp said new costumes were being fast-tracked so the students looked their best on the day.
"They were in the pipeline anyway but we are certainly hurrying them along now to make sure we have enough ready in time."
Mr Sharp said the songs were written by local tutor Doug Wallace and were based around the school's values and principles.
"They all mean something to the students and this is a memory they will have for a long time."
Other acts will be Feilding High School students Olly Carrodus and Jesse MacKail, Dean McKerras School of Dance students, Lytton St School girls and boys Jump Jam teams performing aerobic routines, and students from Helen O'Grady Drama Academy will perform well-known songs from musicals.
It is hoped a large contingent from the school will join other schools and line Kimbolton Rd to wave to the royal party as it leaves town.
- Manawatu Standard
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