Students treated to Waitara talent

Last updated 05:00 11/08/2014

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Waitara High School's budding actors and musicians had audiences captivated at their inaugural variety concert.

About 300 school children from Waitara East, Central, Manukorihi and St Joseph's clapped and cheered to the various skits, songs and solo acts performed by the high school's year 9 to 13 students on Friday.

The concert was a culmination of the school's week-long arts festival to foster creativity and art appreciation among its students.

Song writing and drawing competitions were among the activities held during the week.

An evening session was also held for parents and the wider community.

Student Nikki Brand, 18, was the concert's MC and said her job was to get the crowd excited about the day's line-up.

Asked if she was nervous facing such a large crowd, Nikki said she was "quite used" to it.

Nikki won the Women's Musicianship award at the 2014 SmokefreeRockQuest Taranaki finals in March.

Guests were also treated to two of Nikki's songs, Fight for the Righteous and United.

Meanwhile, Liam Carroll, 14, was busy ensuring the day's sound and audio went smoothly.

It was about making sure the lights were not "too bright" and the sound was just right, he said.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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