Meet the Mercury Bay Area School students taking to the stage

Meet the Mercury Bay Area School students taking to the stage

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Mercury Bay Area School students are will be bringing their impressive talents to the stage at four performances of the For Today musical performances on June 17 to June 19. The All About Whitianga team got a sneak peek behind the scenes to meet the cast and team involved in putting this anticipated production together ready for opening night.

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It has been five years since the last school musical and there is a mix of nerves, excitement and confidence during the rehearsals leading up to the June performances.

There are approximately 60 students involved in the musical in front stage roles, back stage roles, technical and support roles.

We have a diverse range of students involved in For Today including drama, dance, music, performing arts technology students and students that are involved for the enjoyment and additional skills they may learn. The production needs everyone to play their parts. Each role from front of stage to back stage is vital to the success of the production. The show is very much a collective effort.

– Head of Department Drama and Director Mercury Bay Area School, Jaimy Goble

Introducing the student leads

Brielle Cottier-Hall
Hey! I’m Brielle, I’m year 12 and I’m playing the role of Sophie. I decided to do the production because I really enjoy performing arts and I wanted to make some fun memories.
Sebastian Ross
Hi, my name is Sebastian, I’m year 12 and I’m playing the role of David. I decided to do the production because drama and singing are two things I really enjoy, but don’t get many opportunities to do.
Olivia MacDonald
Hey my name is Olivia and I'm in Y11 and I play the role of Alex who is a character that I've really enjoyed. I wanted to be part of the production because it sounded like a lot of fun- which it is!
Mick Ambrusfy
Hey my name is Mick. I’m in YR12. I'm playing the role of Paul Fisher. I chose to join the production to improve my performing arts skills and help build my confidence performing in front of a large group of people. 
Francie Lidgard
Hi my name is Francie Lidgard and I play the role of Roni Miller. This year I decided to join the production to pursue my interest in the performing arts and build my ability. I have grown up loving music and am always putting on shows to entertain my family and friends, so I knew I couldn't miss this opportunity. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, I am so grateful. 
Maria Davenhill
Hi my name is Maria Davenhill. I'm in year 9 and I play roni miller in the for today production. My favourite subjects at school are Dance drama and music so when I heard about the play I instantly wanted to be a part of it. I feel like it would be a great experience to get to know other people with the same interests as me. 
Sam Ribet
Hi i'm Sam I am in year 10. I play the role of Calvin a close friend of David. I was “dragged” into the musical to help fill a role gap half way through the rehearsals- but it’s been great.

Get ready to enjoy classic kiwi music

The New Zealand Music that will sung and performed by the students will be familiar to the audience. Popular Kiwi classics from the 80’s through to 2000.

The For Today song list includes:

  • Maybe tomorrow – Goldenhorse
  • Sophie – Goodshirt
  • The gumboot song – Fred Dagg
  • Bursting through – Bic Runga
  • Beside you – Dave Dobbyn
  • Verona – Elemeno P
  • Love your ways – Salmonella Dub
  • Anchor me – The Mutton Birds
  • I see red – Split Enz
  • Something good – Bic Runga
  • Harmoni Generator – The Datsuns
  • Message to my girl – Split Enz
  • For today – Netherworld Dancing Toys
  • Every day’s a Saturday – Elemeno P. 

Where to get your For Today tickets

Mercury Bay Area School Drama department are expecting tickets to be in demand for this musical which will have a wide appeal for families. Tickets on sale from Friday 21st May.

For Today musical are available from the Mercury Bay Area School office and the  Mercury Bay Pharmacy.

Ticket cost:

  • $15 adult
  • $10 Students
  • Free under fives

Note: This musical is a family show with a PG rating – some mature themes present.

The For Today Musical

The For Today musical covers teenage topics including love, families who have to move location and drink driving. Effectively the musical is a romance story between two young people, with moments of comedy and classic kiwi music from the 80s, 90s and early 2000.

Thank to you our local business sponsors

Pounamu – The Informer, Peninsula Scaffolding.

GoldAll About Whitianga, Connected Electrical, Ideal Building Coromandel, Placemakers, Peanuts Childcare, Bayleys Whitianga, Mercury Bay Optometrist, Dive Zone Whitianga, En Pointe Dance Studio, Guthrie Bowron Whitianga.

SilverFun Zone Whitianga, Richardsons Real Estate, Percival Construction, OP Columbia, Evolution Fitness, Nautical Holmes, HAMR Homes, The Lost Spring, Accounting by Design, Mercury Bay Medical Centre, Peninsula Test & Tag, Studio 77.

Pewter – Van de Ven Builders, Cyber Research, PC Electrical, Subway, Wild Wood Mini Golf, Chops Landscaping, Q's Plumbing, Black Jack Surf, East Coast Automotive, Willis Electrical, Elements Construction, Gathered Co, Diode Electrical Services Ltd, Peninsula Auto Electric & Marine, Coro Oyster Co, Remax, New World Whitianga, Colenso Cafe.

BronzeMercury Bay Pharmacy, Jenny Bloom, Mercury Bay Museum, Marguerite Muellers Counselling, Korimako Creative, Hula Cafe, The Autobarn, Reina Cottier Art, Planners Plus, Whitianga Tractors, Firefly Graphic Design, Kempaint Ltd, Mercury Bay Marine, Advanced Auto Electrical & Marine, Good Energy, Mercury Bay Club, Ohlson & Whitelaw, Evolution Tattoo Studio NZ, Love it Bakery, Dekker Construction, Stronglite Event Hire, Peninsula Business Services, GJ Gardner Thames / Coromandel, JTEC Consulting, Gold Collective, Dave Rhodes Productions. 

Special thanks to Dorothy & Duncan McDonald, Joanna Mannignton, Mark Irwin, Ace Panel and Paint, A1 Towing and Creative Mercury Bay. 

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