Performing Arts Collective brought forty performers to the stage in their annual show at 4th Wall theatre on Saturday night (Oct 18). Performers choreographed their own acts to fit the theme and show director Keri Elvin was pleased with how smoothly the show ran, thanks to the support of her crew.
“Afinca” set the scene with their rhythms from Africa, America and the Carribean. They then shared with the audience information about three of their unique cultural instruments: the talking drum, the thunderbox and the helix bowl.
All of the singers shone. They included Jacques Mc Callum Lind who demonstrated a passion and talent for performing, Hannah Collinson, Moniqua and Jocasta Demetriou, Hunter Stembridge, Mufudzi Madanhire, Gemma Evans, Arwyn Whaanga and Isabella Caldwell. Some singers challenged themselves to sing in different languages while others sang acapella.
Three local groups featured: the Alleycatz with their students the Alleykittenz who inspired some women in the front seats to try belly dancing themselves, Taranaki capoeira who also spoke about their unique cultural instruments and the Filipino folk dancers who had fun backstage collaborating with other performers.
Pasifica and Aztec designed clothes from the Dressing Room, complemented by accessories from Emotions were modelled by five stunning girls. Feathers, fur and fringes were showcased and the girls crouched to pose in their animal prints. Their braids styled by NV Hair stylists and outstanding tribal makeup by Alicia McMahon gave the magical finishing touch to the gorgeous outfits.
The Highlands Intermediate Performing Arts Troupe had three group acts; a tribal dance and interpretative dances to Roar and the Earth Song both of which were led by Josie Potroz ,the colourful tiger and Indian girl.
Comments from the audience included “That show was totally divine.””It’s unbelievable how much local talent there is.”
Following the show this feedback was received.
“Congratulations on an amazing evening. It was magical for everyone. I loved hearing about tribes, instruments, unity and why PAC was created. Providing a platform for people to perform and grow musically confident is inspirational.”