Ready to rock on stage

02:12, May 01 2014

Southland schools are preparing up for the ASB 2014 Stage Challenge and J Rock, with the nationwide event starting in Invercargill on May 12.

Nine southern schools are set to take part in the live stage show event, which is part of a nationwide tour involving 200 schools across New Zealand.

Event manager Sarah-Jane Phillips said Stage Challenge provides students with an opportunity to be part of a professional performing arts event.

"It provides a first-class professional event for young people to showcase their skills in dance, drama and design . . . and carries with it key messages of attending school regularly, goal setting, staying fit and healthy, and having fun without tobacco, alcohol or other drugs."

For many months, students, teachers, parents and the wider community have been working together to prepare performances, she said, with some Southland schools returning to school to practice for this month's show during the present school holiday break.



The Southland Times