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No shortage of talent at variety show



Since 1999, Otamatea High School has gradually developed the Olla Podriga evening into one of the most enthusiastically awaited shows of the year. Loosely translated as a mix of cultures, it brings out a wealth and variety of talent.

Talent is the operative word. Though primarily about music, the show now is open to items of song, dance and magic and is open to all pupils but often also includes faculty members, to the delight of the crowd.

At beginning of term entrants are given a choice of song to sing or play followed by some coaching sessions, four or five rehearsals, then the big night. Musical acts are backed for the third year now by Whangarei band Spiral, a multi-talented, multi-genre group who do a great job adapting to the choices of the artists.

Congratulations to first place winner Molly Curnow with her rendition of Winterbird by Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora. Second place went to Kate Cotching and third to Katrina Poyner. An entertainers award went to Maddy Lemuelu. Other performers included Connor Mitchell, Natalie Birt, Leyla Routledge and Holly Kenyon.

The programme delivered variety from skits to card tricks and a drum solo. The variety contestants included Sam Allen, Azariah Ingham, Ona 'Ofamo'oni, Jeff Smith, Leo Cannon, Renee Allen, Paris Rika, Paul Chambers, Marco Troost, Fionn Murphy, Tracey Christie, Jenny Reid, Heather Revell-Knighton, Teina Seagar, Meg Paton, Chloe Millard, Emma Brown and last year's winner Tasha Perrett.

Thanks also to technicians and helpers Corey Slimo (emcee), Jon Clist (sound), Gabriella Seagar (lighting), Elizabeth van den Berg and Parekaahu Paikea (stage hands), Kay Robinson (front of house) and Josie Gritten, on hand once again to take some fabulous pics.



<<caption>> APPLAUSE: Cast and crew take a bow [PHOTO/Josie Gritten Photography]

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