Staging tips for Maui and the Genie from an awesome small rural school
I’ve recently had the privilege of working with Linda Miller, teacher and director of our show package Maui and the Genie from Monica Moore Productions.
Linda and I spent some time sharing ideas and she went through the show package folder and got some ideas to develop her creative vision.
With a cast of 57 children ranging from New Entrants to year 8, Linda put together a spectacular show that gave the children the best possible theatrical experience as well as being highly entertaining for the audiences.
I was fortunate enough to see the show and there was some stand out scenes that reflected her creativity.
Launching the waka (boat) into the ocean
I liked how she dealt with the scene where Maui and his brothers launch their waka into the ocean.
I had suggested that she use strips of material long enough to go right across the stage to act as waves. Linda took this a step further by adding cat gut to each ‘wave’ and as the boys launched the waka the ‘waves’ were pulled across the stage to make it look like the waka was moving into the sea. Very simple but the best ideas are. Ingenious!
You can see how this was done here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6EfVfI1RDE&feature=youtu.be
The Under World of Mahuika
One of the scenes is set in the underworld of Mahuika the Goddess of Fire. Linda used one of the digital backdrops out of the Show Package folder and added effective lighting to create the feeling of heat. She added some style long strips of material that were put together pompom style and certain cast members waved them around to indicate flames. Very clever.
Here is a sample of what she did here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moIvdlDi2KM&feature=youtu.be