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Tongan Morris Men
Tongan Morris Men
The year is almost over for St. Bernard Year 13 Tongan student, Molisi Brown and his friends Jester and Tamasi - however things turn for the worse with the arrival of new dance teacher Mr. Stalk, and the introduction of Morris dance; an 'English' dance using hankies and sticks . In order to gain final credits for NCEA, Morris and his Tongan friends must take the new dance elective. As the boys complain about Morris dancing, the girls have their own dreams and aspirations about the future. Ma'ata Lama has a secret desire to become a cheerleader. Her sister Selu on the other hand, prefers the practical things - finding a man and settling down. The only issue for Ma'ata is that her father is the Minister's son, and soon to be taking over the church leadership! The church can be an unforgiving place when it comes to change from the Tongan traditional way of doing things. Will Mr. Stalk succeed in restoring the prestige of Morris dance in an alien environment? Will Ma'ata have the courage to stand up for herself? And will Morris and his friends get the final credits that they need to achieve their Level 3 NCEA? A story of courage, determination and a lot of Tongans Morris dancing!
written by Arnette Arapai and Jason Manumua
Musgrove Studio, Maidment Theatre, Auckland 06 Mar 2013
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