Did you know you can use your involvement in Stage Challenge across a wide range of subjects – including Dance, Hard Materials, Textiles and Business Studies – to achieve NCEA credits?

These credits can be gained through your involvement in choreography, costume creation, set creation, fundraising, budgeting and your final performance.

TEARAWAY spoke to former Karamu High School student Caleb Williams who, in 2015, gained NCEA credits for the Unit Standard 27702: ‘Take responsibility for a production area of a performance’. He achieved it with Merit.

Caleb has a vast interest in theatre and backstage work and last year was the backstage crew leader for Karamu High Schools’ Stage Challenge team. He not only gained NCEA credits for it, but also valuable hands-on experience in the industry.


Describe what your role as backstage crew leader at Stage Challenge involved.

I chose Stage Management as one of my unit numbers for theatre technology. Part of my role was making sure the stage crew were unseen and all props are on stage turned and changed at the correct time. Another part was writing and designing a stage plan and layout, as well as having my stage crew allocated to certain points on stage, ready to move the props on and off.

On performance day, one of my roles was to ensure that when we arrive onstage, all props are set up within four minutes. I had to be 100% sure everything was set up and then to inform the actors and dancers that we were ready.


Describe your overall experience with Stage Challenge.

Being a part of Stage Challenge was a lot of fun and was an awesome experience. I have managed shows at my school a few times and am also part of the tech crew at Karamu High School, so this was something I was good at and enjoyed.

Students from my Theatre Tech class at school received credits for set design, makeup, costume, sound and lighting design. Stage Challenge is definitely a good platform for NCEA. I gained four Level 2 stage management credits and many new experiences, which I will put to use at future shows that I do with school and out of school.


Do you wish to pursue a career in the arts?

I am leaving for the army… but after the army I wish to pursue a career in the arts industry, with sound, lighting, [and] stage management. I do a lot of this at school and out of school with theatres around Hawke’s Bay.


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