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Students improvise to win shield
By MELISSA KINEALY
Quick thinking: Ladies Who Lunch, from left: Scott Cooney, 16, Darren Mitchell, 16, Ashlea Brookes, 15, and Connor Dyer, 16, came up with the
winning ideas at the Theatresports Youth Programme final.
Photo: SIMON WATTS
The Spice Girls have spiced up
life for a group of Rosehill Col-
Ladies Who Lunch -- aka
Scott Cooney, Darren Mitchell,
Ashlea Brookes and Connor
Dyer -- returned from the Thea-
tresports Youth Programme
final with the winning shield.
The Auckland-wide pro-
gramme gives students the
chance to take part in perform-
ance theatre and has now been
taken up by 20 schools. Teams
of actors improvise scenes,
songs and poems and compete
The Rosehill College team
competed against Rangitoto
College, Takapuna Grammar
School and Saint Kentigern Col-
lege in the finals.
The Papakura performers
surprised the audience and the
judges when they stepped up for
the historical figure challenge.
Scott says the group picked
the Spice Girls because people
tend to think of them as
In improvisation the lines
are yours,'' Darren says.
At halftime we went back to
the changing room with a smile
on our faces.''
Lunchtime and after-school
rehearsals certainly paid off,
the team says.
To get to the finals, the team
competed in player nights
where tutors scored the
evenings from the first two
Actors Shane Cortese and
Blair Strang joined Sam Scott,
an educational representative
from Theatresports Youth Pro-
gramme, for the final, judging
the teams on technique,
storyline and entertainment
They went through several
rounds on the night, having to
think quickly to complete tasks
such as telling stories one word
at a time in just three minutes
or taking a line from the audi-
ence about what sort of day
they'd had and creating a story.
When you are doing it you
zone out,'' says Scott of their
In the end there was only one
point in it -- the Papakura team
got a total score of 81 points to
beat Saint Kentigern on 80.
Ashlea says Theatresports is
fun but it's important to stay in
character and think about
what's going on with the story.
The team credits the efforts of
coach Ryan Benjamin and co-
coach Amanda Burnett for their
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