Stage Challenge® is back and is celebrating its 24th year as New Zealand’s largest and longest running youth performing arts event.

The nationwide dance, drama and design spectacular which will see thousands of young people take the stage will be hitting the road this May.

15,000 participants from up to 200 schools are involved in Stage Challenge and its junior competition J Rock every year. The event aims to motivate young people to engage in positive, healthy lifestyles while providing an opportunity to be part of a professional performing arts event that will provide a lasting memory.

Stage Challenge provides you with the opportunity to express your creativity, as you are involved in every aspect of the performance. From set construction and choreography to hair,
make-up and costume design, the students are the driving force behind the performances. This is your show, and your time to shine. The students are the stars!

Make sure you check the Stage Challenge website to read the 2016 Stage Challenge Welcome Newsletter and to keep up with all the information including when your family and friends can buy tickets to come see you on the big stage! All details can be found at


2016 Tour Dates

Invercargill Wed 11th May Civic Theatre
Christchurch Tues 17th – Wed 18th May Horncastle Arena
New Plymouth Mon 23rd May TSB Showplace
Palmerston North Fri 27th May Regent on Broadway
Napier Mon 30th May Napier Municipal Theatre
Porirua Thurs 2nd – Fri 3rd June Te Rauparaha Arena
Rotorua Thurs 9th – Fri 10th June Civic Theatre
Hamilton Mon 13th – Tues 14th June Clarence St Theatre
Tauranga Thurs 16th – Fri 17th June Baycourt Theatre
Northland Fri 24th June Forum North
Auckland Tues 28th June – Fri 1st July ASB Theatre – Aotea Centre

All dates and venues are subject to change.