With acts ranging from magicians, comedians and dance groups to violin and cello solos, the highly anticipated event saw record numbers of students perform to great acclaim and applause. However, music was definitely the winner on the day with both competition titles going to outstanding musical numbers.
Elsa Yu, playing ‘Andantino’ on the piano took top honours among the younger students, winning the Primary section while Lloyd Kim’s rendition of ‘Kleine Romance’ on classical guitar was awarded first place in the Secondary School category.
More skill could also be found behind the scenes, with numerous students involved in managing the backstage operations. Huge thanks are due to this unseen workforce who set up the event, ensured sound and lighting were on point and helped make the show such a success.
But it was a dance routine by teaching staff that almost brought the house down. After leaving their dignity at the door, the teachers turned the tables on their students. They amazed the audience with their musical chops, staging a hilarious hip-hop number that made up for what it lacked in rhythm with energy and enthusiasm.
Principal Thea Kilian was delighted with the quality of students’ performances, believing the talent level displayed throughout the showcase was truly exceptional.
“It is incredible what students are capable of when inspired and supported by passionate and invested teachers,” she explains. “Organised by our ACG Tauranga Student Arts Leaders, ACG’s Got Talent was so much more than just a great show. It was a true celebration of who we are as a connected and creative community. I just loved being a part of it.”