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Welcome to Term Two everybody!

Special welcome to our new students for Term Two


Term Dates

Term Two is 10 weeks from Monday 30th April– Friday 6th of July.

Mon 4th of June - Queen’s Birthday.   No classes this day. (But we will have rehearsals for B&B)


Intermediate & Senior Production

Beauty & the Beast

On at the Rangiora Town Hall from Wednesday 11th July – Saturday 14th of July

All of our Intermediate & Senior classes are involved in this production!

Yay, it’s that time of year again!  Show time!

Read through for the Cast is Sunday 29th April at the special time of 1-3pm at the rooms.

All auditioned cast should be present to hear about their part and how it fits into the show as well as collect their script, rehearsal schedule and music.  Any member of our school is welcome to come along and hear the show being read for the first time and hear Briar, our director, tell you all about her vision for the show.

Please see bottom of this page for Cast List for casting of extra roles outside of class involvement and the rehearsal schedule for those on the cast list.

We hope you like this picture.  It is of our leads from last time we staged this show.  We will be using it as a promo image until we take photos of the 2018 cast.  The Beast is none other than Ciarán our MC mentioned above!

Auditions for Junior Production

Wind In the Willows


These will be held later this term –

Friday 22 & Saturday the 23 of June.


There will be plenty of Acting, Singing and Dancing parts for our Junior students and a less intensive rehearsal schedule so please look out for a notice about this later in the term. You will all be working on pieces in class that you can use at your audition.

Please note: Preschool classes will not perform.

Performing Arts ‘Winter’ Camp

Monday 16th July –Thursday 19th July 10.30am-4pm

We are offering the following event again this year as part of the Kidsfest program!

Four days of classes combining acting, singing & dance for ages 8-15yrs.
Each day consists of three sessions including one each of dance, singing and acting with a lunch break and snack break. Students will get the chance to work with different tutors covering a range of topics like improvised theatre, musical theatre dance and pop singing to name a few. The classes will cover different things each day, so students may opt to attend one day or several. Students will not be expected to have previous experience, tutors will happily work with those who have never performed before as well as extend those with previous experience by grouping students accordingly.
Sessions run Monday-Thursday with a discount price for attending all four days.

Costs are $35 per day 10.30am-4pm (including a lunch break) with a discounted price of $110 for all four days! 

Daily program will be available later in the term to coincide with the launch of Kidsfest. 

This will be available to book on our portal and current students will get preferential bookings so look out for the alert on this.

Last year we sold out.



Drama and Dance Exams

Due to the timing of our productions we will not be offering exams in the Term Two or Three timeslots except for private students by arrangement.  All students who wish to, can be sitting Trinity College Speech & Drama exams as well as Dance NZ Made Dance Levels and HSPA Tap Medal Tests in Term Four.  You will receive info in the next school holidays regarding entry for these.  

Classes will be preparing pieces for use in exams around their work on Production performance pieces.  This will be occurring across Term Two and Three so continued attendance is necessary for those wishing to sit these exams in Term Four.


Christchurch. Speech & Drama Competitions – 7-10 July

These are for drama students from the Junior right up to our advanced seniors. This is a friendly environment to compete against others of your age and ability, and a great way to practise your performance skills, present your exam pieces and see others doing the same.   Your tutors will be helping you select pieces and enter categories in the first week of term.  These are not compulsory, but they are excellent experience.


  • To enter you need reply to the special email being sent to all drama students.
  • We cannot enter you without this emailed consent to pay.
  • Intermediate & Senior Students you can still do these whilest working on the show!

Jekyll & Hyde –– Rangiora Town Hall

This production, staged by North Canterbury Musicals, involves members of both our staff and our students.  Most notably it is directed by our own Paul Johnson and stars Briar Patrick as Emma.  But within the company and minor roles you will see many HSPA staff and senior students.

Their season runs Thursday 10 May- Saturday 26 May. 

Check out the link on www.ncms.co.nz for details.


HSPA T Shirts and Hoodies.

We have just completed an order for these, last term.  I apologise for the delay, Black garments were scarce in March, my supplier suspects it was Commonwealth Games related. As a result of the limited garments, we ordered alternate brands.  Please be in touch if you wish to switch sizes with these as they were not the fit we usually encounter.

These are always available in the Online Store on your portal.

PLUS: Look out for the limited-edition Beauty & the Beast show tops on your portal later this term.

So what are we doing this Term?

All Intermediate & Senior students are working towards Beauty & the Beast as well as maintaining a focus on their own performance skills in Private and Advanced Senior classes.  This includes all Dance classes continuing to touch on Exam routines in preparation for term fours exam season.


All Junior students get the opportunity to audition for Junior Production.

  • Junior Drama students are focussing on their Speech skills this term, working on individual pieces to improve voice production, effective speaking and all classes cover syllabus for Trinity exams if they should choose to enter.  Plus, pieces can be used for auditions and competitions at the end of the term.
  • Junior dance classes continue to cover syllabus material in preparation or exams as well as polish an item to use in audition and for parents to watch at the end of the term if they did not get to perform last term.
  • Junior singing students work on a performance for family and friends at the end of the term as well as pieces for use in auditions if they should choose to.  A continuation of skills building.

We look forward to seeing you in class this term everyone!


Kind Regards

Dale Hartley-Brown & the HSPA Team. 

Dale Hartley-Brown,
May 8, 2018, 3:45 PM
Dale Hartley-Brown,
May 8, 2018, 3:46 PM