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Free Preschool Dance class!

Monday March 26th. 

2-2.30pm at our dance studio - 62 Ashley Street.

Come and try out our half hour preschool dance class!  It's Free!

This class makes use of props, modern and relevant music involving characters and stories.  

Activities build co-ordination, creativity, crossing the mid-line, rhythm and give the children opportunity to grow to love dancing in all forms.  

Great prep class for those children who love to move and will move into a regular dance class once they begin school.

 Theatresports Play Off.


This is our annual competition for all of the Intermediate and Senior Drama students and will be held on:

Wednesday the 11th of April at 7pm at Rangiora High School Hall, East belt, Rangiora.  $5 entry

This will be an entertaining evening watching our intermediate and senior students compete in teams, presenting scenes made up on the spot from ideas the audience gives them.  Their aim is to to take out the trophies for best team and best performer.  We have an excellent panel of judges and our stellar MC, Ciaran Searle returns to the stage to front the event once again. Anyone who has sen him in action, will be keen to see him again.

There will also be performances from our Singing and Dance departments.  Watch out for your invite soon and info on who is performing.


Major Productions for 2018

Beauty & the Beast - Intermediate/Senior Show

Written by Dale Hartley-Brown & Directed by Briar Patrick

This show will run during the Winter School Holidays, July 11th – 14th in the Rangiora Town Hall.  It will be part of Kidsfest.

Auditions for the show will be held Fri & Sat April 6th & 7th and will be open to all current students from Intermediate & Senior classes.

Please see the bottom of this page for audition documents you can download.

The show is our adaption of the Disney story with our usual mix of fun.  This time, we will be enlisting the expertise of a quick-change costume artist to create some magical transformations


Wind In the Willows - Junior  Show

Written by Polly Hamilton & Directed by Rachel Long

This show will be presented at the very end of Term Three with two performances on Saturday 29th September.  In the Rangiora Town Hall.

There will be auditions for this in Term Two for all New Entrant, Junior & Upper Junior Students.

This show is a cute version of the classic tale with an environmental message, filled with many adorable animal characters including Mole, Rat & Toad..



Scholarship Winners

Well done to:

Elliott Andrews & Hannah Powell who were the shared winners of the 2017 recipient of the school’s full year ‘Brandts Giesen, McCormick Lawyers’ Major Scholarship.  Elliott has excelled well beyond the perimeters of HSPA, including winning a coveted Trinity College Scholarship in May and being select from across NZ to travel to London in July 2018 to represent Rangiora as a young performer at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, stemming from his performance in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.  Hannah has made incredible leaps and bounds in her acting this year as evidenced by her Distinction mark for Grade 8 Trinity College and her moving recitation at our December Recital.

Madison Tull who received the Intermediate NCM Term scholarship.  This reflects Madison’s dedication to all areas of Performing Arts.  Madison takes Drama, Singing and Dance lessons, has passed two exams this year for Trinity & DNZM and wrote and directed a production for her school.

Azaria Westeneng for winning the Junior HSPA Term scholarship.  Azaria picks up the award for her engaging stage presence and continued energy and enthusiasm in the classroom, in Drama, Singing and Dance!

Well done to those students for consistent hard work and results.  You represent all that we value at HSPA and we are proud to call you ours!


Diploma Recipients

Congratulations to Caitlin Stevenson, Logan McAllister & Sam Heron on their successful Speech & Drama Diploma exams. 

Applause also for Carissa Brant for her successful Musical Theatre Diploma Exam.  These four are now ATCL qualified and we applaud their years of study and hard work to achieve that distinction.


New Staff Member


Kitty Jamison - Diploma Level Performance Student

Kitty comes to us as a tutor after being a student at the school for the past decade.  Kitty has taken several leads in both Senior & Junior productions for HSPA and has excelled in her Acting and Vocal work.  She is excited be guiding our youngest students through their first years at the school as a Junior Drama tutor.


Term Dates


Start Date:                   Mon 29th Jan

Holidays :                    Tues 6th Feb – Waitangi Day – No classes on this day

Fri 30th March – Good Friday– No classes on this day

Mon 2nd April – Easter Monday– No classes on this day


Special Events            Wed 31st Jan - Free Improvised Theatre for Advanced Seniors. 7-9pm

                                    Fri 9th Feb – Free Stretch & Flex Class for ages 7-18yrs.

                                    Fri 6th & Sat 7th April – Beauty & the Beast Int/Senior Auditions


End Date:                    Friday 13th April


I look forward to seeing you all in class J

Dale and the team at HSPA.


Dale Hartley-Brown,
Mar 14, 2018, 2:26 PM
Dale Hartley-Brown,
Mar 14, 2018, 2:26 PM
Dale Hartley-Brown,
Mar 14, 2018, 2:24 PM
Dale Hartley-Brown,
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