Young artists relish Master Class

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New Zealand journalist, ac tor and award winning play wright Victor Rodger (centre back) and award winning actor and director Anapela Polataivao (front left) work with the students to develop a piece of performance art. Photo: Petrina Wright

A GROUP of Southland Maori and Pasifika youth had the opportunity to learn from acclaimed New Zealand actor/playwright Victor Rodger and actor/director Anapela Polataivao during a Master Class in Invercargill this week.

“We are so fortunate to have such accomplished people come here,” Southland Boys’ High School pupil Michael Kuresa (17) said.

“I can’t emphasise enough how grateful we are.”

Hosted by Miharo, the Master Class was the fourth and final performing arts workshop for the year.

Dalgity (front) and Seiyan Thompson-Tonga in rehearsals.

Throughout the year, Rodger and Polataivao had guided and mentored the students as they collaborated to create a piece of performance art.

The work will culminate in a performance at Repertory House tonight at 7pm.

Entitled At the End, the piece explores a group of characters as they face the end of the world.

Kuresa said Rodger and Polataivao had brought out the passion for performing arts in all of the students.

They had also encouraged the group to follow their dreams to pursue a career in the performing arts, rather than conform to society’s expectations, he said.

Miharo director Pauline Smith said Seiyan Thompson-Tonga, one of the students attending the workshop, had been accepted to study at Toi Whakaari drama school in Wellington next year.

He was the second student from the Miharo performing arts workshops to be awarded a place at the school, she said. The first was Richard Crouchley who completed his third year at the school this year.

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