Sahara McDonald, of Wakatipu High School, performs as Ariel
Moore in the high school's production of Footloose. Photo
by Teaukura Moetaua/www.mediasport.co.nz.
Wakatipu audiences will be kicking off their Sunday shoes
this week as more than 65 Wakatipu High School pupils take to
the stage, performing Footloose
Director Kate Moetaua said there were 40 pupils in acting
roles, with 15 pupils comprising two bands, both of which
performed during the show.
In addition, pupils were involved with lighting, sound, front
of house, wardrobe, make-up, hair and back stage.
The stage production was a take on the 1984 movie, directed
by Herbert Ross, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and John
In Queenstown, lead roles had been taken by Sam Maxwell (Ren
McCormack), Sahara McDonald (Ariel Moore) and Alex Fraser
(the Rev Shaw Moore).
Sam plays the city boy who moves with his mother to the small
town of Bomont, where dancing and rock music have been banned
by the Rev Moore, following an accident involving his son,
which occurred after a long night of partying and dancing.
Ren protests the dancing ban and ultimately falls in love
with the Rev Moore's daughter, Ariel, played by Sahara.
Mrs Moetaua said the cast had been rehearsing almost every
day for the past seven weeks and before last night's opening
said the show was "looking great".
"It always does come together, but we had a really big
weekend in the [Memorial] hall.
"We had an audience of senior citizens organised by SBS at
the dress rehearsal [on Monday] and they really enjoyed it.
"It's a fun show ... there are some big songs and some great
"There's lots of dancing, which is a big change for a lot of
"They've learned a lot, which is what it's about."
Choreography had been done by Wakatipu High School year 13
pupil Steph Walsh, who had worked tirelessly to pull it
together, while Alison Price had taken on the role of musical
• Footloose will be performed tonight, tomorrow and
Friday at the Queenstown Memorial Hall, with shows starting
Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for pupils and are