Showquest underway

by Anonymous Author

Secondary school students around Selwyn can start planning their entries for Showquest, a replacement competition for the now-defunct Stage Challenge.

Showquest was launched recently as a Ministry of Education backed music, dance and drama event, which will run in ten regions around the country, starting in June. Rockquest Promotions, which has 30 years of success with the country’s only live, nationwide school music contest, has worked fast to book venues after winning the contract for an event to replace Stage Challenge just two weeks ago.

Event Director, Matt Ealand, said Showquest is an opportunity for students to express themselves by drawing on their personal experiences and cultural heritage.

“They design and direct their own performances and, if they want to, can write and perform their own soundtracks too. Showquest lines up with the curriculum and with NCEA standards across several subject areas,“ he said.

“It inspires kids to put what they’ve learnt into practice in a professional stage setting, with a live audience.”

Entries close on June 20. Schools can either enter via the website or by contacting Matt Ealand, Showquest event director on 09 845 1557 or