How it works

Showquest
TOI
OnScreen

Showquest

Showquest is the original stage-based performance that follows the elements of
Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Culture & Technology.

These shows are held in professional venues around Aotearoa.

The Basics

This is a simple outline for Showquest.
Once you’ve entered, you’ll receive the full Showquest Manual.

PARTICIPANTS

Performance team numbers are a minimum of 30 and maximum of 100. If you are unable to reach the minimum number, please contact our Event Office, we would still love to have you involved and can discuss options. These numbers do not not include technical and support crew.

TEAMS

Showquest is split into Junior & Open Sections. Junior is year 1-8 and Open is year 1-13. Schools with a roll of 1,500 and less can enter 1 team. Schools with over 1,500 students are eligible to apply to enter 2 teams (subject to confirmation from the Event Office). Each student may only take part in 1 performance.

COST

Entry fee is $10 per performer and backstage students (excl. adult support crew), it has been set at this level as we want it to be affordable to participate.

THEME

Each performance will follow a theme. Let your creative mind run wild! Points and awards will be given for originality. Make sure in your theme selection that you are not infringing copyright. If you have any concerns about your theme, please contact the Event Office.

SOUNDTRACK

Commercial music or original music created by musicians from your school may be used. Most schools choose to create a ‘mashup’ of songs and audio. Have fun with this as it is one of the best ways of telling a story and expressing a theme, idea or feeling.

Live Music

School groups now have the opportunity to combine their pre-recorded soundtrack with a live music element. This could be made up of a band, vocalists and/or narrators of up to 10 students and will take place on our Rockshop setup, separate to the main stage.

Wearable Art

We are very proud to be working alongside World of WearableArt, integrating a different component of the performing arts into our programme. Have a think about whether you’d like to include a Wearable Art garment in your performance. Click the ‘Wearable Art’ tab for more info on the separate showcase.

PROPS & COSTUME

We allow hand-held props that can be carried on and off stage by one student. They can be no bigger than 2 metres high and must be able to be lifted on and off stage by one student.

LED VIDEO SCREEN

The LED video screen has been introduced as a more sustainable option, rather than creating large props and sets. From block colours, animation, moving videos and more, your options are endless when it comes to making your performance stand out.

LIGHTING

All performances are required to provide one Lighting Designer, who will work alongside our Showquest Lighting Director through both your rehearsal time and performance. This student does not require any previous experience with lighting, take it as an opportunity to learn!

NCEA

We have put together an NCEA E Book on how you can earn credits in our Showquest, Wearable Art & OnScreen programmes. That'll be released shortly under 'Resources'. Keep an eye out!

EVENTS

Events will be held at professional venues in each region around Aotearoa. Ticket information will be released closer to the time. Find the date and venue info under the ‘About’ tab.

Awards

Although Showquest is primarily about participation,
there will be awards for both the Junior & Open Sections.

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Regionally
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Nationally
  • ZM Choice Award
  • Costume & Enhancement
  • Props
  • Video Wall
  • Wearable Art
  • Theme
  • Drama
  • Soundtrack
  • Live Music
  • Choreography
  • Lighting
    Outstanding Rangatahi (Star of the Show)
    Tikanga (School Pride)

TOI - WEARABLE ART

Toi is a Wearable Art competition for student designers run in collaboration with World of WearableArt.
Students can exhibit their larger than life creations at a live Showquest event around Aotearoa.

THE BASICS

This is a simple outline for Toi.
Once you’ve entered, you’ll receive the full Toi Manual.

WORLD OF WEARABLE ART

We are very proud to be working in collaboration with our friends at World of Wearable Art to integrate a different component of the performing arts into our programme. WOW have helped us shape this platform and supply the judges each year. In 2020, each entry was judged by Dame Suzie Moncrieff (WOW Founder) and Heather Palmer (WOW Competition Director).

ENTRANTS

All entrants must be enrolled in an NZ school (including home school and correspondence school). Each student may only enter one entry and up to 5 students can work collaboratively on a garment. Students working together on a garment must be from the same school. Senior students (y9-13) can enter Toi independently, even if your school is not involved - get in touch!

TEACHERS/PARENTS

Teachers and parents are not permitted to contribute to the design or creation of the garment above and beyond acceptable health & safety measures. E.g. helping with a hot glue gun or assisting in cutting tricky materials.

DESIGN BRIEFS

You can choose to be inspired by one of our three design briefs created with WOW: Aotearoa, Futuristic and Excessive Accessories. Let your mind run wild when interpreting these briefs - you can be as literal, wacky or fantastical as you like! If you have an amazing idea that doesn’t fit into these themes, you can also choose to design to our Open brief.

COST

There is a cost of $10 per student for the Wearable Art programme with a maximum of $50 per garment. This entry free enables us to produce amazing shows for your community, friends & whānau to support you showcasing your garment live on stage!

JUDGING

Student designers will have professional photos taken of their creation on their model at a Showquest event. Our judges from WOW will use these photographs to judge nationally. You will also need to write a garment description and title for your creation, explaining your interpretation of your chosen Design Brief. You can also choose to enter our additional Creative Photo Challenge by taking a magazine-style cover photo of you striking a pose!




Awards

Although Toi is primarily about participation,
there will be awards presented for the categories below.

  • Junior National 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
  • Senior National 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
  • Sustainable Garment Award (must have 75% recycled materials)
  • Garment Construction Award
  • Creative Challenge Winner
  • Regional awards presented at each live event

Onscreen

OnScreen is brand new for 2020 and is a short-film competition open to all high school students around New Zealand!

The Basics

This is a simple outline for OnScreen.
Once you’ve entered, you’ll receive the full OnScreen Manual.

PARTICIPANTS

All participants must be enrolled in an NZ school (including home school and correspondence school). Schools may submit multiple entries, however students may only take part in one entry each.

TEAMS

Entry crew numbers are a maximum of 30 with no minimum number. Entrants must all attend the same school. All entries must have a student director.

COST

OnScreen has an entry cost of $30 per entry, which covers the entire crew of 1-30 (including cast & technical crew). This entry free enables us to run free-to-access masterclasses with industry experts, provide entrants with industry expert judges, create mentoring opportunities and create a digital showcase for friends & whānau.

FILM BRIEFS

For the exciting first run of OnScreen, we have created film briefs for filmmakers to be inspired by. These briefs are intentionally thematic (not genre-based) and open to a wide array of interpretations. You can pick any one of the briefs and let you imagination run wild!

SOUNDTRACK

OnScreen does not allow any commercial music to be used in your film. You still have a number of options to incorporate music and sound effects though! You can source royalty-free music or audio, create original music or devise a scripted narrative performance with no music.

LOCATION FILMING

Think like Peter Jackson and use on-location filming to take your production to the next level. Film a school scene in a classroom, a dramatic scene on an overcast beach, film the sunset or clouds moving across the sky or rig up a green screen - your options are endless!

COSTUME/MAKE-UP

This is just as important in a short film as it is for our performers in the Showquest live events. Think about your characters and how to develop them with effective costuming, hair & make-up.

EDITING

One of the biggest elements of OnScreen will be how you decide to edit your footage to create your final film. You can really get creative here. with editing effects, digital effects and filters, sound effects and camera cuts. Some great programs to start with are iMovie, Premiere Pro & Windows Movie Maker.

UPLOADING

You'll be required to upload your final edit on the website by the due date. We will then upload all films to our platform and create a free digital show to share with your community, friends & whānau.

DIGITAL SHOWCASE

We will create a Digital Showcase from submitted videos. These will be available online to watch at the completion of the competition. This will allow all schools. students and the public to watch each other's performances. The winners of each regional show will then go head to head in the National Final.

NCEA

We have put together an NCEA E Book on how you can earn credits in our OnScreen, Wearable Art & Showquest programmes. That'll be released shortly under 'Resources'. Keep an eye out!

HEALTH & SAFETY

All practical means must be taken to ensure people are kept safe while creating this entry. If Covid-19 alert levels are in place, all gathering restrictions and requirements must be diligently followed. It is your responsibility to make sure your performance operates in a manner that doesn't jeopardise people's wellbeing and safety.

Awards

Although Showquest is primarily about participation,
there will be awards for both the Junior & Open Sections.

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place per theme
  • 1st Place Nationally
  • ZM Choice Award
  • Director/Editor/Cameraperson/Choreographer/Playwright
  • Soundtrack Technician/Actor/Musician/Dancer
  • Location Filming
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Script
  • Movement
  • Costuming/Makeup
  • Magical Moment
  • Outstanding Rangatahi (Star of the Show)

What are you waiting for?

Registrations close:
Showquest - March 12 • Toi - April 9 • OnScreen - July 30