Students roll out a stack of ideas

03:56, May 24 2013
Waimea College
ON A ROLL: Waimea College students practice for Stage Challenge.

Waimea College's Stage Challenge crew have created a circus-themed show inspired by the difficult "balancing act" every student must perform upon graduation.

"It's about choosing between what's expected, or do you follow your dreams?" said co-director Hannah Arnold.

Miss Arnold said the team wanted to create something that would tap into the anxiety felt by school-leavers, saying their show was inspired by contemporary movies like Alice in Wonderland and Step Up Revolution.

Balancing Act features original music, ultraviolet lighting, and an all-dancing cast of 75 students from years 9-13, with 40 more students providing backstage support. The group has been rehearsing since last October, but the pressure is now on to perfect the show for the ASB Stage Challenge event on Monday night at the Trafalgar Centre. "There are lots of emotions and lots of tired people right now," said co-director Lauren Hammond.

Broadgreen Intermediate, Nayland College, Garin College, Tapawera Area School, and Marlborough Girls' College will compete alongside Waimea College in the Nelson leg of the nationwide tour.

ASB Stage Challenge representative Caylee Geldenhuys said ticket sales were up on last year. All six Nelson schools had entered in the "open" category, and that meant there would be "quite fierce competition". She looked forward to seeing Monstrous! by 2012 winners Garin College.