Southern pupils will be aiming high

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Southland Girls' High School Year 8 pupils (from left) Grace Sarfaiti (12), Kate Crimp (12), Zoe Anderson (12) and Maia Murdoch (13) practise for the inaugural Arts In Motion performing arts event to be held next month.

SOUTHLAND school pupils have an opportunity to perform in a new performing arts event.

Aimed at primary, junior and high school-aged pupils, Arts In Motion (AIM) will be held on Friday, May 11, at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill.

Organiser Darren Frazer said each school would have the opportunity to perform an original five to eight-minute performance around the theme #Southland #Murihiku, incorporating dance, drama, set design, stage set, costume, make-up, lighting design, soundtrack and story.

A collaboration between Southland schools, with teachers and pupils forming a steering group to work with Arts Murihiku, Mr Frazer said eight schools had already registered, with more expected to sign up.

Mr Frazer said it was all about creating opportunities for young people to grow and develop.

“AIM is about a lot more than just performing, it’s about getting young people working together, learning about themselves and others, and developing skills which will serve them for the rest of their lives.”

Central Southland College head of performing arts Kelly Wilkinson said the pupils and staff at the Winton college were extremely enthusiastic to be a part of the new AIM performing arts event.

“The opportunity to do something local, unique and that celebrates all-things Southland is really exciting.

“Our students are so grateful and thrilled that Arts Murihiku and Darren have stepped up to provide them with this cool opportunity.”

Arts In Motion, Friday, May 11, 6.30pm, Civic Theatre, Invercargill. Tickets, adult $15, child (18 and under) $8, under 3 free, from the Invercargill City Council booking office, Esk St.

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