Performing Arts Collective Blog

A multi-genre, multi-cultural and family oriented not for profit organisation. We provide performance opportunities for local Taranaki talent as well as offer coaching support, networks and agency services.​

Out of the mouths of babes.

October 12 2016, 5:06 pm

Our first show with young ones was a huge success.They had heaps of costume changes and lots of different routines and songs to learn.It was also the first time we had performers in more that 4 acts in the show. Despite this, all acts went off without a hitch and they coped well with the audience laughing and clapping along. Layla-Jade, Lily and Karina were so so brave doing solo modelling routines but having 5year olds modelling certainly brought the cute factor to the stage.

For many it was their debut performance, their first experience of performing live before an audience.Performing alongside others helped their confidence.

What did they think of the show? "Awesome, we got to stay up late." "Fun, different to what I expected." What did they learn from the experience? "New dances and old songs." "That you don't need to be nervous- it's not that scary."

Eager to prepare for the next two gigs, they turned up for rehearsals refreshed from the holidays, some had even been practising on their own volition.Now to get competitive and earn their place on stage as there is limited numbers allowed to perform in limited acts. Who will show commitment and dedication? The key to a great performer!


A unique cultural instrument collection.

January 29 2016, 8:25 pm

I was inspired to begin collecting percussion instruments when I attended a local drumming circle a few years back. I started with my first djembe drum that I bought from Bali Teak in Bulls after checking the tones of many drums in the shop. Over the years I have enjoyed adding to the collection and finding those bali teak shops that specialise in cultural instruments. I found an ektara ( a one stringed instrument) in Singapore at Sonny Wee’s amazing shop, tucked away down an alley. We stumbled across the shop by accident when we took a shortcut to a bus stop.

I invested in the simplest instrument ever for people who say that they can’t play an instrument from Trade aid. It’s a woodpecker that you pull a string and the beak makes a knocking sound. The challenge is to pull the string at the right time in the rhythm. Most people catch on quickly and love the effect it makes.

from left to right: Ektaral, Helix bowl & Thunder box, Zimbabwe bass drum

A couple of years ago I was introduced to the thunder box when I went to a Rock shop workshop Many people can’t believe how such an amazing sound can come from something so simple. (A tube and a spring).

Instruments that drum circle participants have loved include an amazing bamboo xylophone that I found in my favourite shop at Whitianga, “The cave”. Another is the helix bowl found in the same shop which my drummers affectionately call the plunger. By sliding the beater along the spring at the same time the bowl is held against your stomach, a Wah-wah effect can be created when the bowl is moved away from your body. If you strike the spring with the beater, the tone can vary from a steel sound to a soft sound. The third instrument is a gorgeous carved bass drum I found on Trade me. Imported from Zimbabwe this drum has been enjoyed by many using both hands and beaters.

Sharing my love for cultural rhythms and introducing people to unusual instruments is such a pleasure. Jamming together and choreographing our own acts for stage is the icing on the cake. I love meeting new people of different nationalities with similar interests in music and cultures.

Keri Elvin
PAC Chairperson


Positive energy partnership

September 04 2015, 9:26 pm

Our hard work and dedication to creating small changes with big impact has paid off thanks to Energizer New Zealand. We are one of the top ten entries in Energizer’s Power of Positive Energy project that was handpicked to be rewarded with a $5,000 grant to help spread our positive energy further.

The competition, launched in May, sought to find New Zealanders with a passion for innovation, waste minimisation or community improvement and give them a helping hand to being, continue, or expand their initiative.

We ,The Performing Arts Collective actively promote the positive energy of youth giving back to the community by taking performances to the elderly, the sick and the public at malls, museums, clubs and gardens. We provide volunteers who coach singers, models, dancers, actors and musicians to prepare performances for Taranaki communities. Performers gain confidence, experience auditions and collaborate with others while audiences are treated to various interactive multi-cultural entertainment.

Many people in Taranaki have enjoyed a performance from the collective, been a part of it, or have seen a loved one grow in confidence through it. Energizer is proud to be supporting this group to spread their positive energy further.

“At Energizer we will always embrace a challenge, and we want Kiwis to also feel empowered to take on those things that may seem daunting at first but that will help bring about positive changes in the lives of their friends, families and communities. We are delighted the grants awarded will assist these worthy recipients in meeting their goals,” says Rafael Laguda, Brand Manager, Energizer New Zealand.

Thanks so much Energiser.
Proud to be a recipient of the "Power of positive energy"grant.

PAC Management Team

Looking amazing on stage.

August 29 2015, 7:26 pm

Wear a costume

Being on stage is the one time that you really get to have fun and dress the part. Whatever your genre, make sure how you dress reflects the style. Think of your clothes as a costume rather than just an outfit and think outside the square. This is the time to make a statement and memorable impression. Use the lyrics of the song as a guide and wear that outfit that fits well.

Choose your colours carefully

Black is slimming and goes with everything except on stage when the back or the wing curtains are also black and you just blend right in. Mix black with other colours and patterns for effect.

Add the wow factor

Everyone loves a good bit of bling and adding some to your outfit can create that wow factor, but limit it to one item. Alternatively choose character costumes with matching accessories.

When you’re standing on stage inviting people to look at you, give them a view that is interesting and patently you. As a performer you’re an artist, so be artistic! Your outfit should showcase the best you. Dress UP! Be unique. Wear what feels right for you and what sets you apart from the other performers.

PAC Director

Keri Elvin

Benefits of performing

July 26 2015, 4:59 pm

There are several social and educational paybacks. Activities that involve music have a positive effect on emotional behaviour and development while events involving performing arts have a key function in cognitive, language and physical development. An example is dancing which enhances muscle strength, coordination and improves posture and balance.

Social benefit: Being involved in the performing arts opens doors socially. New friendships and new connections are made. Performers work together in a team while developing individual talents. It is a great way to get involved in the local community, meet a varied group of people from different backgrounds and will give your enthusiasm a much needed boost, working towards something positive. Different styles of music provide introductions to cultures and help provide an understanding of and appreciation of diversity in the world.

Communication benefit: is a key part of what makes performing arts a success. The performer communicates with the audience, while the director and chorographer communicate with the performer. Their jobs only work together successfully if there is great communication.

“When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen”. Stella Adler

Madee Morrow Modelling in Country Commotion

Confidence benefit: One of the main benefits of being a performing artist is the boost to your confidence. Performing in front of a crowd can be very daunting but with practice you grow in confidence as your skills improve. Because all performing arts are physical, individual achievements are gained from regular rehearsals complemented by practicing at home. These routines require commitment and develop self-discipline and self-motivation. The triumph of going out of stage, performing a rehearsed piece successfully, and receiving feedback afterwards is one of the most profound and tangible reassurances of achievement that you will ever get. It is a great motivator for you to aim higher, overcome more obstacles and achieve greater goals in future endeavours.

Intelligence benefit: By learning many new skills (language, memorizing, general knowledge, problem solving and musical skills) and having new experiences, you expand your intelligence. Working on your ability to take advice, improve performances and retain information is important for all performers.

Exposure to singing and music allows you to easily access emotions and recognise mood changes in songs. Expressing yourself through performance helps develop emotional intelligence. There are also spiritual and psychological benefits. Dancing and acting encourage self-discipline, diligence and self-expression.

Dealing with unexpected situations and working through viable solutions is an important skill gained when creative challenges are set, self-generated work is encouraged, and problems encountered on stage are quickly overcome.

“MUSIC speaks what cannot be expressed

Soothes the mind and gives it rest

Heals the heart and makes it whole

Flows from heaven to the soul”.

PAC Management Team