On the 17th and 18th of May, Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena hosted not one, but two epic nights of Stage Challenge’s stellar nation-wide tour, as Canterbury students took on Stage Challenge the only way they know how – with complete Cantab spirit!

Canterbury sure knows how to bring the passion and the flare, as the Stage Challenge stage was full of creative minds who shared the common goal of opening the audience up to important issues and themes.

On night one, Rangiora High School took out 1st Place in the Open Division with their powerful performance Milk, alongside Christchurch Girls’ and Boys’ High School combined coming in at a spirited second place with their performance, would you put a price on humanity?

The topic of milk was sure to resonate throughout Cantabrian families in the audience, as performance Judge Chloe Levings was full of praise for Rangiora adding, “Rangiora High School’s performance really blew everyone away with a great theme – I enjoyed watching it”.


Villa Maria College. Photo: Quickpix.

The action didn’t slow down on night two, as 1st Place Winners in the RAW Division; Villa Maria College explored the ever important issue of Deforestation. Villa Maria’s superb performance gave great insight into the cost of turning the forest into agricultural land and the harm this has towards animals and plants.

Acclaimed Design Judge Jo Domigan was blown away by Villa Maria’s wonderful performance adding, “Villa Maria you had an absolutely stunning opening scene. Every costume was beautifully executed. I was enthralled through and throughout, you set an excellent high bar visually. Beautiful!”

A gripping Papanui High School came in at 2nd Place with Blood in our hands, as St Margaret’s College placed 3rd with their theme Blitz. Although these schools received the placings, it’s fair to say all of the performing schools showcased genuine talent and the ability to truly move an audience through dance, drama and design.

This year, Christchurch students conquered the stage with their flare, excitement and creativity. Now it’s New Plymouth and Palmerston North’s turn, as Stage Challenge continues its hot pursuit up the country!


Don’t miss the 2016 Stage Challenge touring this May and June! To find out more information and for this year’s show dates, head along to www.stagechallenge.co.nz

 Stage Challenge® involves dancers, actors, performers, lighting liaisons, teachers, set and design crew and make-up teams. There’s an opportunity for everyone of all different backgrounds to let their talent shine on and off the stage.