Troupe Waihi is a professional theatre troupe operating out of Waihi College Drama Department and boasts a floating membership of approximately 25 students under the direction of Head of Drama, Luke Devery. It is an extra-curricular group, with members giving up their own time during lunchtimes, after school and at weekends to build new props, to rehearse and to perform.
Troupe Waihi is unique, in that no other group in New Zealand offers the same professional level of live theatre and street theatre. It offers students the chance to experience a diverse range of skills that are unusual for secondary schools. They include: stilt walking, juggling, puppetry, balloon sculpture, fire performance, masked theatre, acro-movement and the wide range of skills and technical abilities which are an integral part of the professional performer’s toolbox.
From its origins in 2005, when they first performed at a multinational conference at the Auckland Town Hall, the Troupe has performed at a range of events both locally and throughout the North Island.
These include: Whangarei’s Art Beat and Diddily-i-Day Festivals, Waitakere city’s Going West Story Fest, Goldfield’s 100 Years of Rail in Waihi, Sir George Seymour’s prize giving in Hamilton, Department Of Conservation’s Seaweek 2008 at Fort Takapuna, the opening celebration of Creative Tauranga’s new premises in 2009, the 2010 Maketu Kaimonana Festival, numerous appearances at the Paeroa Jazz Festival, the 2010 inaugural Just 4 Kids Festival in Whangamata, Katch Katikati’s Easter Extravaganza 2011 and a TVNZ appearance with weather man Tamati Coffey .
TROUPE WAIHI CONTACT:
07 863 8349
Waihi College have been shortlisted, along with three other schools, for the Arts Waikato 'Creative School Award 2011' for their remarkable theatre group, Troupe Waihi.