Ngā Toi o Heaton

The Arts at Heaton

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In this blog we give you lots of information about all the different things we offer at Heaton for you do in the Arts Each group has a new page which allows you to find the information easily. Often there are links on the pages which allow you to sign up to groups or to find out more information.

On the home page there are links to other opportunities which come up during the year in Christchurch.

Coming Soon!

September 3rd- 5th, 7pm.

Come and enjoy a night of fights, tights and laughs.

Music Lesson Opportunities 2019

This is to advise of the itinerant and commercial music lessons we offer at Heaton Intermediate School.

Please read the attached document below and fill in the form if you would like music lessons through school this year.


Kapahaka 2nd Place in local Tūhono competition

Our Heaton Kapahaka group did very well in the Tūhono Competition on Friday 21st September. We placed 1st in the Haka, and 1st in the Waiata, and 2nd in the Waiata.

Congratulations to all our Kapahaka students, thier whanau and to all the staff who supported this event. If you would like to see more pictures and video they are on the Kapahaka page.

Our two Kapahaka leaders Xavier Stewart and Mishayla Andrews with our trophies.

Talent Quest times

Talant Quest times!

IMAGINE Youth Theatre is producing ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS at Elmwood Auditorium for Kidsfest.


Please email Helen at or text Helen on 021 044 1909 with your/your child's name and age, and a parent's name and mobile number.

For the audition, prepare a fairly short speech, song or dance that shows your personality and joy of performing.

7 - 10 year olds 4 - 5pm

11 - 16 year olds 5 - 6 pm.

If the time doesn't suit we can accommodate you at a different time.

SUNDAY 13 MAY at St Ninians Hall, 9 Puriri St, Riccarton.

We rehearse Saturday 10 - 3 and Sunday 4 - 6 from May 19th - July 1st, apart from Queen's Birthday weekend where we rehearse only Monday 10 - 3. Then we pack in to Elmwood Theatre July 7 - 9 and perform 11 am and 1 pm every day from July 10 - 21 except Sunday July 15. Young people choose to be in Troupe A (July 10 - 12) Troupe B (July 13, 14, 16, 17) or Troupe C (July 18 - 21), to fit in with family holiday plans.

Rehearsals are action-packed. All performers are involved in singing and dancing and all have cameo parts as our plays are written to give young performers experience and opportunity to shine. You need to get to most rehearsals but we can be a little flexible to accommodate existing commitments.

Ngā mihi nui

Helen Moran


IMAGINE Youth Theatre

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School is delighted to present Stellar Strings – Stephen Larsen@Rangi on Saturday April 7th 2018.

There are two events open to the public. Limited seats are available for both events - click here to book your tickets

1. Workshops with Stephen Larsen

Saturday April 7th, 11am – 1pm, Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

Workshop A 11.00 – 11.55am String playing techniques

Workshop B 12noon – 1pm Strategies for effective practicing

Admission: $10 per workshop, $15 for both workshops.

Active participants and observers welcome. Participants please bring your instruments.

Workshop A is tailored specifically for string players.

Workshop B is suited to all musicians who wish to fine-tune their practice techniques.

2. Stellar Strings in Concert

Saturday April 7th, 4pm Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

Stephen Larsen’s students in concert, featuring Rangi music scholars/violinists, and Rangi alumni who are currently studying with Stephen at the University of Auckland.

Admission: $20 adults, $15 students aged 18 years and under

Limited seats are available for both events - click here to book your tickets.

Stephen Larsen is a well-known New Zealand violin teacher. His students, who include several Rangi current music scholars and alumni, have enjoyed success in numerous competitions on a national and international level, and have gone on to work and study all over the world.

Stephen has a strong interest and expertise in violin pedagogy, and is regularly invited to give lessons, masterclasses and seminars on violin playing and teaching throughout New Zealand. He maintains a busy teaching schedule, teaching violin and viola at the University of Auckland and the Albany School of Music. In addition he travels regularly to Christchurch to teach a small number of highly talented violin and viola students.

Kākano mano - cultural Leaders

The application for these student leaders is open now. Can you please read the Google doc below to find out how you apply.

Applications are due on Friday 30th March, 2018.

Any questions talk to the teacher of the in the area you are interested in.

Kākano Mano 2018 – Job Description.docx

The National Concerto Competition

This is a competition for young classical musicians aged under 25 years. It is an annual competition held in Christchurch and we are in our celebrating our 51st competition!

The 2017/2018 competition is Piano and the Final is on Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7.30 p.m. at the Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch.

Our three finalists are Modi Deng from Auckland; Lixin Zhang from Christchurch; and Muse Ye from Christchurch. Details of the pieces of the work they are playing/photo are on the attached newsletter.

Tickets are available via Ticketek and the cost for Students is only $10.00!

It would be great to see lots of young Christchurch musicians attend – something to aspire to in the future maybe!

Watch the movie below on Creativity..... This is a good reminder for us all.

Christchurch YOuth Orchestra Auditions 2017

UC CYO Auditions 2017.pdf

The New Zealand Dance Company will be holding its Youth Summer School in Nelson this year! Please see details below and note that early bird registration (10% off regular fee) ends this Sunday, 19th November.

Come and live a week in the life of a company dancer! Our 2018 summer school offers daily classes in contemporary, ballet, choreography and NZDC repertoire. This is a great opportunity to grow your contemporary technique and learn from some of Aotearoa’s top professional contemporary dancers. NZDC dancers leading the classes will be Chrissy Kokiri, Carl Tolentino and Katie Rudd. At the end of the week students will come together to showcase what they’ve learned with NZDC!


Date: Monday 15 – Friday 19 January 2018

Time: 9am – 4pm

Showing: 4.30pm Friday 19 January

Location: Peta Spooner Academy of Dance, Cnr Hastings & St Vincent Streets, Nelson

Registration Level 1:

Ages: students 12-14 years

Cost*: Early Bird $315 each until Sunday 19 November. After 19 November, $350 each

Registration Level 2:

Ages: students 15+ years

Cost*: Early Bird $315 each until Sunday 19 November. After 19 November, $350 each

*There is limited opportunity for financial assistance, which is based on hardship and need. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please email Melanie at

For more info & to register:

Seeking for applicants now!

Application closing date: Friday 15 December 2017

The RNZB National Mentor Programme is an exciting opportunity for dedicated young dance students to pair up with RNZB company dancers for an entire year. Participants receive professional advice as well as access to RNZB Company Classes and performances throughout 2018.

Dance students aged 13 and older are invited to apply and are independently assessed and selected by the RNZB artistic staff. Each of the selected students is matched with an individual mentor and will:

  • have quality time with their mentor throughout the year, primarily during the touring seasons
  • keep in contact with their mentor via email and Movitae with options for easy video communication and feedback
  • watch company classes and rehearsals while the dancers are on tour in the student’s respective centre
  • spend time backstage with the company
  • receive two complimentary tickets per season for selected performances
  • participate in Open Classes and, where relevant, Ballet for Boys classes at no cost
  • spend a day in Wellington at the RNZB’s home. Students will observe company class and rehearsals, participate in a class specially designed for them by RNZB artistic staff and visit backstage workrooms, including wardrobe

This programme is offered nationwide, with one day in Wellington for participants

RNZB Wellington – Friday 12 October, 2018

Application fee: $12 per applicant

Please visit our website for more information and to sign up and link to the RNZB National Mentor Programme on Movitae to apply:

For further information, please contact:

Pascale Parenteau | Education & Community Manager

Royal New Zealand Ballet

PO Box 27050 | Wellington 6011

ph: +64 4 381 9001 f: +64 4 381 9003 m: +64 21 678 521 e:

RNZB Education gratefully acknowledges additional support from the Rata Foundation, the Four Winds Foundation and the Les and Sonia Andrews Cultural Foundation for work with New Zealand schools.

Girls Rock Camp AOTEAROA - Summer 2018

The NZ Music Commission is one of the sponsors of Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa, held this summer holidays from Jan 15-19 and includes a showcase for family and friends.

The programme is open to young women (includes female, trans*, intersex and non-binary youth) ages 12-17 and beginners are welcome. The tuition is $250 and scholarship places may be available.

Please go to the website for more information. Volunteers and mentors are needed too.



Michelle Ladwig Williams

Education Manager

NZ Music Commission

Te Reo Reka O Aotearoa

Office hours: M-Th 8:00 - 4:00

022 02 77441

09 376 0115

Seussical Jr a fantastic performance held this week at Heaton. The cast have had a lot of fun and we have enjoyed packed perforamances. Thanks for all your support.

NZDaneC Company Masterclass

The New Zealand Dance Company is holding a unique masterclass in Christchurch taught by some of Aoteaora’s top contemporary dancers.

Experience NZDC’s style first hand with a contemporary technique class, stretching boundaries of what dance can be. Come and share its power, beauty and humour.

The masterclass is open to young people with some experience in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Street, Cultural, or other dance forms.

Date: Saturday 16 September

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $25

Age: 13 and over

Venue: Southern Ballet

108 Carlyle Street



Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to our Heaton Arts Site where you can find all information about the Arts at Heaton. This includes kapahaka, visual arts and all performing arts and cultural groups. Please click on the links and it will take you to the pages you need. Other Arts opportunities will be added to this page

Heaton Talent Quest

Here is the link to the doc you need to find out your times for the talent quest. Please make sure that you are able to come at the allocated time. If you can not you need to see Emily and Leah from Room 4 in the LRC at Monday Interval.

Please be ready early as we need to keep to time.

Thanks Emily and Leah.

Search for Kiwi kids to

play von Trapp children

Hundreds of Kiwi kids are expected to apply to become Captain von Trapp’s children in the upcoming nationwide tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

Producers today announce that auditions will be held in Christchurch on Saturday 20 May at the Isaac Theatre Royal for a tour that will take in 20 cities in September and October this year.


They are looking for two teams of children to play the youngest six von Trapp children: Gretl, Marta, Brigitta, Kurt, Louisa and Friedrich.

The children will be paid for their roles as it is a fully professional production, produced by Ben McDonald Ltd, and under the direction of former Shortland St star Geraldine Brophy.

Children must be at least 10 years of age, and be able to sing, dance and act. Boys must have unbroken voices to able to sing in the required vocal range and can be of any nationality or ethnicity.


Place: Gloucester Room at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Date: Saturday 20th May

Apply for your audition time by emailing:

Recall Auditions for some children: From 3pm to be advised via email after the initial audition.

What to Wear: Comfortable clothes and shoes that you can move in. No stage make-up required.

Auditions for 2017 Representative Groups

Christchurch Music Festival

Great musicians need to be part of this!

Applications for individual singers and instrumentalists to audition for one of the Festival’s Representative Groups – Junior or Senior Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra – are now open. This is the opportunity for singers and instrumentalists to achieve at the highest level of performance and to excel in their chosen area of artistic endeavour.

Please help us make sure that your talented singers and instrumentalists put in an application. As a trial this year, we have removed the requirement for a school code so that there are minimal barriers to pupils taking part.

It really is very simple. Just direct applicants to the festival website where all the information and application form is available. There is information on the website that will answer every question of a parent or potential participant.

Audition applications close on the last day of Term 1 April 13th

Kindest regards

The Festival Team

Info on SMP for Primary Schools.pdf

Kākano Mano - Leadership Positions in the Arts for 2017

If you are a Year 8 Student and would like to have a leadership role in the Arts this year then please read the following

We are looking for Year 8 students to form the 2017 Kākano Mano Cultural Leadership Team and require two students for all the areas listed below.

International Cultural Leaders

Performing Arts Leaders

Visual Arts Leaders

Kapa Haka Leaders

Music Leaders

Please click on the link, read the document and fill out the application form.

All applications need to be in by Wednesday 29th March.



MONDAY 20TH 9:15AM -10:45AM



If you would like to go on this trip please fill out the form below by the end of Thursday 16th March.

Screen Acting for Young Teens 5 Day Intensive

We still have space in our Professional-Level Screen Acting for Young Teens 5 day intensive with Miranda Harcourt this April holidays!

Every year we offer young teens the opportunity to work with some of NZ’s best acting professionals for a week in Wellington.

Miranda was the acting coach on the Oscar nominated film LION and her extraordinary work is evident in the performance of the little 5 year old Sunny Pawar in this film. She has also recently co-directed her own film The Changeover which is being released later this year. Erana James, who play the lead role in this film, has been a participant in our teen acting classes for the past 3 years and it is the work she has done with Miranda which prepared her for the auditions and success in being cast in this wonderful film.

This course is unique to anything else in NZ and the teens who have attended in the past have commented on it being life changing in many cases.

Please pass this onto any teen who you think would benefit from working with the great team of professionals we have here during this week.

Here’s the link to the web page with a video and course info.

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more,

A chance to sing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra please see all the details in the attached brochure entries must be in 1st March 2017.

Your chance to sing with The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (1).docx

Welcome back to 2017. Didn't the holidays go fast! We hope you are refreshed and ready to start our creative journey his year in Performing Arts at Heaton. This blog has been set up so you can easily access all the activities and events that are on at Heaton, this year, in the Performing Arts. We have a number of great things planned, so keep coming back and checking the blog. We are looking forward to getting into the year ahead. Just to get you thinking here is a short clip on creativity.

Here is an opportunity to be a part of the What now audience. Have a look at the flyer below.

Invitation Schools.pdf