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by Al Williams

A team of more than 80 pupils is working hard to put together a stage show in Timaru by May 31.
Mountainview High School has begun preparing its upcoming production of Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice’s musical Aida
It looks set to be the last outing for theatre stalwart and long-serving Mountainview High School drama teacher Elizabeth Grubb.
Mrs Grubb plans to retire this year and has been commuting between her home in Christchurch and Timaru each week to teach at Mountainview.
She said she had worked alongside educational authorities to get NCEA credits aligned with drama.

Tech crew Pupils (from left) Jarvis Haynes (16), Brodie Anderson (15), Matthew Andreassend (16), River Ross (17), Ethan Hislop (13) and Nathan Durham (16) will be looking after the sound and lighting.

“With NCEA, the multiple technologies of drama are able to get credits,” Mrs Grubb said.
She was focused on co-ordinating pupils during practice when The Courier dropped in last week.
Mrs Grubb said 80 year 9 to 13 pupils, comprising actors, dancers, chorus, orchestra, stage management, costumes, set designers, set creators, props designers, sound technicians and lighting technicians, were involved in the production.
They would be assisted by Mrs Grubb, musical director Brent Duncan and choreographer Melanie Wheeler.
It was the first year pupils and staff were practising during class time and some pupils using the experience to gain NCEA credits, she said.
The play is scheduled to run from May 31.