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Waimate High School's Katelyn Ronson (14, front) leds her schoolmates while competing at Showquest competition in Christchurch. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Claire Allison

Waimate High School brought home the music soundtrack award from Showquest in Christchurch recently.

Sixty-four Waimate pupils travelled to Christchurch to compete in this year’s competition.

Showquest is a new performing arts platform for schools, to showcase music, drama and dance.

Local flavour . . .  Waimate High School pupils Thomas Fletcher (left) and Campbell Sheddan (both 17) take centre stage during the school’s performance at Showquest in Christchurch. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

To take part, schools bring together a team of pupils who create, produce and perform an original theatrical production, consisting of pupil-designed and constructed costumes and props, presented in a choreographed, themed mini-spectacular.

The Showquest team had been rehearsing since the beginning of term one and were excited to show what Waimate had to offer this national competition.

The Waimate High School team decided to create a performance telling a story that is very important to them: having pride in their community.

The performance traced the journey that many young people embark upon, trying to find out where they fit in the world – only to realise the true value of where you come from and that there really is no place like home.

The pupils had an amazing day, cheering the other schools’ productions, as well as an afternoon rehearsal, then getting into their costumes and make-up and taking to the stage.