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Hello Everyone

Welcome back to our existing students, and welcome to all those who are new to the HSPA family, we are glad to have you join the school!


Term Dates

Monday July 23rd – Friday September 28th  (10 weeks)

No Public Holidays this term.

What is happening this term?

  • Junior Production, Wind In the Willows
  • Trinity Speech & Drama Exams to enter
  • DNZM Dance Exams and HSPA Tap Medal Tests to enter

Lots to keep us occupied!

Congratulations to Beauty & the Beast Cast & Crew

This show was outstanding, I am noticing a theme year in, year out:  audiences saying ‘This is the best show you’ve ever done’  This year was no exception and I know it is because we are all just getting better and better!  Well done to everyone involved in this spectacular show, you all worked incredibly hard, especially Briar Patrick and her Team!

Beauty & the Beast DVDS will be available in a few weeks.  If you did not get your order in, you can still do so on the portal. Please note: before we can give out the DVDs, we need you to pay your $25 online.


Buying things on the Portal

I have updated the name of the link on your home page to read “Purchase from the HSPA Store”  this makes more sense as the place to go to get DVDs Logo tops, Leotards and any other items we may offer in the future.

Junior Students, Wind In the Willows T Shirts will be available on here later in the Term.

Wind in the Willows

All Junior Drama, Dance and Singing students as well as Intermediate Tap Dance, will take part in the show as part of their class.

If your child is not going to be available the final week of the school term and the first Saturday of the Spring school holidays please let us know!  They can still attend classes, but we do need to know not to create costumes for them and charge you!

Well done to all who auditioned, you now have lead and extra parts in the show over and above your regular group involvement. 


If you auditioned then we look forward to seeing you at our Read Thru:

Sunday 22nd of July at 4-5.30pm at the Drama Rooms.


This should be a fun afternoon for the cast to get to know the story and get all the information for up-coming rehearsals.  Rehearsals begin the following weekend so you need to be at read through to get your information!

If you cannot make it you will need to arrange to collect your rehearsal schedule from Dale by phoning 021899440 or emailing dale@hspa.co.nz

You will also meet your artistic team who will work with you over the term.

  • Carissa Brant as Choreographer
  • Kitty Jamison as Vocal Coach
  • Elliott Andrews as Assistant Director
  • All lead by Rachel Long as Director


Parent/Friend Help for Wind In the Willows

This Production is on stage in the Town Hall, Sept 29th. (Final weekend of Term Three), but there are also full rehearsals in the week leading up to the show. We do need help from parents and extended family etc. to help with some jobs across the term, and to manage the number of young children in the dressing rooms. You do not need to be experienced, we tell you exactly what to do, we just need keen, sensible folks.

During the Term:  (No job longer than around 2hrs)

Collecting Props / Making simple Costume items /Basic Set Building & Painting

At the Theatre Final week of Term: (No shift longer than 2.5hrs)

Dressing Room Helpers /Stage Crew

Please email doreen@hspa.co.nz and let her know what you would be able to help with.  Many hands make light work!!

We will be in touch as we need you.  Thanks for your support, we couldn’t run these shows without it!


Dance Medals & Level Tests

All students in dance classes will have the option to enter for their HSPA Tap medal tests or DNZM Jazz, Hip Hop & Contemporary Level tests in term four.  Please look out for the specific email about these as you will need to register and make payments in order to take advantage of the opportunity to be tested.  If you do not do this you will not be entered!


Trinity College Examinations (November 2018)

We offer exams to all drama students school year 4 and up, the qualification is recognised worldwide and looks excellent on a CV.  Please speak to tutors or Dale for further information or guidance.

Please note:  If your child is new to drama part way through this year we suggest you wait until next year unless they have come from a previous drama school or your tutor feels an exam is appropriate.

Drama students Please look out for the emailed information sheet about exams.  You need to fill out the entry form and send it off to trinity as well as make payment online in order to be entered for these international Exams.

The photo shows our 2017 Graduates – Sam Heron, Logan McAlister, Caitin Stevenson & Carissa Brant in their capping gowns just before receiving their ATCL diplomas.


Competitions results.

Well done to all competitors for the 2018 Christchurch Speech and Drama competitions.  It can be nerve racking so I applaud you all for your performances representing HSPA in Christchurch.

Please let us know if you have results, we would all like to congratulate you!

These are the results to hand so far:

Azaria Westeneng – Most Outstanding Performer Cup

Azaria Westeneng – 1st Place for Dramatic Extract.  Olivia Wyatt- 1st Place Poetry. 

Cassidy Hartley-Brown – 3rd for Poetry. 

Emma Schaffer, Karina McLaren – Very Highly Commended

Erin Bruce, Meg Kirwan, Braydn Siegenthaler, Rueben Bester, Anabel Bester, & Madison Hartley-Brown – Highly Commended

Well done to you all!!


Performing Arts ‘Winter Camp’

Another great success.  Thanks to our lovely tutors, Kitty Jamison, Holly Diepraam, Lizzie Mullan, Caitlin Stevenson & Bryony Jamison who had heaps of fun introducing a whole lot of young performers to some cool musicals across the week.  This was a sell-out week, with a long waiting list and several people disappointed that they could not take extra days.  We will be running a Summer Camp mid January so look out for that and get in quick if you want to be part of it 😊



HSPA Logowear Orders

We will run a regular order of HSPA logo tops as well as an order of Leotards. 

The leotards are important for use in all dance exams as well as this term for Junior students participating in Wind & the Willows as you will need to wear this with your costumes.

This picture shows the shape of the leotard we use, the colour will be black.

We are looking forward to teaching you all this term.


Dale and the HSPA team.


Kind Regards

Dale Hartley-Brown & the HSPA Team. 

Dale Hartley-Brown,
Aug 1, 2018, 7:25 PM
Dale Hartley-Brown,
Sep 5, 2018, 6:46 PM
Dale Hartley-Brown,
Aug 1, 2018, 7:24 PM