Macleans College awarded third place in Showquest National Final

Posted on August 08, 2023

Showquest is a student led, large performing arts team consisting of 44 extremely talented performers from across the school.

This year their piece ‘Remember This?’ was choreographed, designed and organised by Abby Snooks (Snell House), Mischa Inglis (Snell), Alex Ready (Mansfield) and Eden Millward (Rutherford). The long training days, extra practices and late nights were worth every minute of this unforgettable experience.

On Wednesday 28 June, the group performed at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre in Auckland City for the regionals. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all. The students wowed the judges with their heart, commitment to the choreography and excellent dancing. At the regionals they were recognised for the following awards:

  • Highly commended choreography
  • Highly commended live music
  • Best lighting
  • Whetū Rangatahi (Star of the Show) – Lexie Buchanan (Upham House)
  • Overall second place

The Digital National Final was live streamed on Wednesday 2 August. Twelve schools from around the country watched their performances again and a panel of expert judges assessed everything from choreography, to costumes, props, and lighting. The Macleans College team shone with their brilliant choreography and heart-warming theme. The energy they demonstrated on stage was second to none. They were recognised with the following awards:

    • Best use of LED Video Wall
    • Whetū Rangatahi (Star of the Show) – Kieran John-Francke (Kupe)
    • Overall third place

    One of the judges said “For me the story telling was so simple, and that is a sign of true genius. You have the ability to take a very complex theme and make it very simple for the common eye to see. You are masters of your craft!”. The whole group performed incredibly well, and their hard work, dedication, and teamwork was recognised in all aspects of the performance.

    Abby Snooks says “It was such an honour to be able to showcase a topic that we can all relate to and have a passion for. Every one of us have gone through the struggles of growing up and life so felt it was a perfect opportunity to publish this. The thousands of laughs, tears and friendships will forever be treasured and never forgotten. We are all so grateful to have such a strong and successful group.”

    Remember This?
    Remember the highs and lows in your life that made us who we are? The love, the friendships, when you would forget that someday it will all be gone. Life can feel like a highlight reel, where we couldn’t wait to see what the future holds. Behind closed doors we all go through rough patches. Remember the heartbreaks, the stress, the confusion. It felt like we would be haunted forever, and that there was no one there to catch us when we fell. No matter someone’s history, we all grow as time goes on. Remember love, remember life, remember this!