Molly Gladding has been rehearsing with Encore Theatre Collective every week since February with an aim to perform in 'Cinderella' in July, however, Covid and various lockdowns has meant our production was postponed to December.
Students and Rockband tutors at MBIS have worked really hard this year to maintain the standard in what has been a really difficult year for the performing arts. Two lockdowns has not stopped them working to the max to be as successful as they have been.
Critical Mass band members include left to right: Connor Irving (Bass), Michael Ward Able (Drums), Dylan Henderson (Guitar), Finn Taylor (Guitar), James Todd (Vocals/front) led by Band Tutor Gareth Kendon.
Families were treated to an intimate but epic Rockband performance on Monday evening this week. All six Bands; Critical Mass, Moment of Truth, Rust Bucket, Future Groove, Radio Fire and Chasing Legends put on a brilliant performance and it was hard to believe they're middle-schoolers!
Year 8 student James Todd entered the South Auckland Performing Arts Competition (SAPACS) singing competition.
Congratulations to Georgia Ayson, James Todd and Siu Qian Baxter who are all set to tread the boards at Centrestage Theatre for their production of the classic, Oliver!
Devon Fenwick-Rose from Room 39 was featured alongside some of Auckland's best performers and musicians in the last weekend of the school holidays in a full concert staging of "The Secret Garden", playing the role of Colin. Our fabulous vocal tutor and Notables Director, Catherine Carr was the Director/Musical Director.
Devon rehearsed hard for weeks and it was a wonderful array of talent held right here in our school hall the last weekend of the holidays. For anyone who had the opportunity to see this concert staging of a much-loved show, you will have been treated to something pretty magic!
The final show was Sunday 13th October at 4pm.
It is wonderful to see so many of our students involving themselves in exciting arts opportunities outside of school.
Te Awamutu Intermediate came to visit us at MBIS overnight 28th -29th August. We had a two hour evening rehearsal on the 28th and a further 3 hours of rehearsal time on Thursday, a total of five hours, before performing to the Year 7s of MBIS on Thursday afternoon.
They brought 28 students up which, combined with our 97 Concert Band members totals 128 humans... in one space... with instruments!
We worked on and performed seven pieces and the students truly showed what they can do when they put their minds to it! All songs had varied dynamics, articulation and time signatures making it a truly challenging yet rewarding few days. Thriller was a firm favourite on the day and can be seen/heard here.
We look forward to joining them down in Te Awamutu in 2020 - our current Concert Band have that band trip to look forward to!
Caleb, Mrs Holmes, Mrs Germann and Stuart standing in front of the 125 strong Concert Band.
Bandquest 2019 was an excellent afternoon and evening start to finish with some fabulously behaved students who represented MBIS in the best way - consistently applauding and cheering the other bands on and performing to their best when on stage.
Last Day on Earth Rockband from MBIS took out SECOND place - which out of 16 bands is no small achievement. They certainly did rock during their performance and the communication with their audience was awesome. A big congratulations to Anna Richards, Greer McKenzie, Isa Chapman, Cassie Wilcox, Trent Smith and Evie White. A video of their performance on the night can be seen here.
We are also super proud of Annika Yang from the band with the cleverest name "My Favourite Band" who won best keyboardist and also Joel Bird from Myex who walked away with the Biggest Rockstar award - he really got the crowd cheering!
I was proud of every single band who performed and it was a really successful evening. A special thanks to tutors Gareth and Mike who pour their heart and soul into developing our Rockbands.
Congratulations to the Notables Choir who received a Bronze Award for the Kids Sing Competition this year.
The Notables looked remarkable and polished and received a tremendous applause following their performance.
Here they can be heard singing "Hine e Hine" during the competition.
Two MBIS students, James Todd and Molly Gladding, have been accepted into the cast of Encore Production's 'Disney's My Son Pinocchio' which will have six performances at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in December.
This is a huge achievement, with over 250 children and young adults from all over Auckland auditioning to be part of the cast - only 126 were selected.
Well done James and Molly!