The Waimea College Showquest team have been busy preparing for their performance next week. Photo: Supplied.

Students set to showcase their stuff


The Trafalgar Centre will be pumping with excitement next Tuesday as student teams jump on stage in New Zealand’s newest music, dance and drama event, Showquest.

Nelson is the second region to stage the new performance event for schools, with local teens capturing the spirit of the event in themes that are important to them.

In Nelson there are seven schools entered, with over 200 students taking part.

Event publicist Georgia Parker says there some themes that reflect young people’s concerns.

“Waimea College is presenting ‘Distorted Images’, a performance that explores societies fascination with covering up flaws in order to fit in, performed by an all female team of 19 students,” she says.

“The girls are fizzing at the opportunity of performing outside of school and can’t wait to shine on stage.”

Showquest is being run by Rockquest Promotions.

This is the same team that has been producing Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats across New Zealand for the past three decades.

The event in Nelson is a collaboration with local group Break Out, with the support of the Nelson City Council.

Matt Ealand from the Rockquest Promotions Auckland office says teams will be judged overall on their performance, soundtrack, costuming, chorography, and theme.

“Showquest is structured on a competitive framework,” says Matt.

“But the driving rationale, as with all the Rock Promotions’ events, is to encourage participation, creative growth and team work,” he says.

“We find that if we are able to provide a platform where students can express themselves on their own terms within the boundaries of the event, the rewards go far beyond the rush of performing on the day.”

Awards to be presented at the Nelson event include first, second and third places, and the Star Award for overall spirit, voted by teachers on the day.

In registering for the programme, schools can opt out of the competitive aspect of the event.

Showquest Nelson will be held at the Trafalgar Centre on Tuesday June 26 start time 7pm, tickets $10 students, $20 adults, $60 family of five, at the door or from Ticketmaster.