Monday 30th May 2011
Steampunk has been taking the world by storm. While first introduced as a concept in the late 1980's Steampunk is now on a roll. What is it? In short, Steampunk is Victorian Science Fiction. It refers to a period when many key mechanical and technological aspects of the modern world were developed.
These developments captured the imaginations of a number of key Victorian writers; Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley. Over time, their futuristic innovations have been not so far- fetched after all.
Steampunk involves a rebellion against the present day preference for plastic and the disposable way of life. The goal of redesigning objects is to employ appropriate materials (such as polished brass, iron, wood, and leather) with design elements and craftsmanship consistent with the Victorian era.
In 2009 artist Tim Wetherell created a large Steampunk wall piece for Questacon, Australia's National Science and Technology Centre, representing the concept of the clockwork universe. This steel artwork contains moving gears, a working clock, and a movie of the moon's terminator in action.
The BBC series Doctor Who also incorporates steampunk elements in the design of the Doctor's time machine, the Tardis. Modified and streamlined for the 2005 revival of the series, the Tardis console incorporates steampunk elements, including a Victorian typewriter and gramophone.
From October 2009 through February 2010, the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford hosted the first major exhibition of Steampunk art objects, with work of eighteen Steampunk artists from across the globe. The exhibition was the most successful in the museum's history and attracted more than eighty thousand visitors.
Not to be outdone, in November 2009 The League of Victorian Imagineers in association with the Oamaru Heritage Celebrations opened the first Steampunk Exhibition to be held in New Zealand. Thousands of viewers came from all over the country. It is the most popular exhibition the Oamaru's Forrester Gallery ever had.
As one of their options Year 13 mechanical engineering students at Bayfield High School have been making Steampunk goggles. Using a combination of aluminium, leather, and translucent tinted acrylic sheet, student have been developing a number of engineering skills while creating something cool and worth NCEA credits. So cool that this weekend Oamaru is hosting the second Steampunk Fashion Show at the Oamaru Opera House. Substantial prizes are up for grabs. Included in the show is an entry from none other than Bayfield's Engineering teacher, Craig Cumming, and Bayfield literacy teacher Jenny Powell.
Concept designs and the story of the character wearing the garments have already been submitted. The garments are based on the Victorian genre with a functional science fiction component. The characters must wear their clothes for good reason.
Some Bayfield students will have a preview of just what that reason is, and they will be able to view the Steampunk contraptions before their teachers leave for Oamaru. This will be on the understanding that any revelations will be top secret.
Ms J Powell
Sunday 22nd May 2011
This wonderful event was held on the 5th of May and was a resounding success, with Bayfield High School taking out six prestigious prizes: Visual Enhancement, Concept, Choreography, Soundtrack, Drama, and Initiative. Our three student leaders were Katie Day, Jessica Hepburn and Meredith Wills did all of the choreograpgy, while Jess organised, designed, and painted the set designed by Mr Brian Pickard. She also decided on lighting and ran the back stage crew, and Meredith also worked on the costumes with her mum, Cheryl.
Our item was very ambitious and we had a total cast of 60 students. Called “Beautiful Monster,” it was an adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, and students had been busily rehearsing since the start of the year, and planning had even begun in term 4, 2010. Jodie Hope was our student co-host and Jessica, Meredith, Katie and Stephen Askew Ives were our Student Representatives.Lead roles were – Gemma Still and Meredith Wills as the two evil sisters, Nick Steel as the father, Katie Day as the lead girl, and Georgia Henderson as the beast. Ms Hosken worked with Katie to design the soundtrack and all editing and sound effects were done at school by our team – no outside help (and we won the award here which was great!!)
We would especially like to thank Cheryl Wills and her helpers for their work with the costumes, and Mr Brian Pickard who built the set. Thanks very much!
Friday 20th May 2011
Bayfield High School sincerely thanks all of the many parents and caregivers who have supported staff and students with the "Little Shop of Horrors." In particular, we thank the Harrison family for the wonderful supplies of baking and ice-creams. We are also very grateful for the Rades family for the delicious pumpkin curry soup for a weekend rehearsal. Thanks, as always also must go to Cheryl Wills for her tireless hours working with the students and on costuming, to Ray Wills, Heather Day,and also to Naomi Carvell for her stunning photos, some of which will appear in the yearbook and Bayleaf, and which are also published both on this site and on the school's Facebook site. Thanks also to the staff who assisted, including Ms Knox, Ms Hinchey, Ms Scott Araya, Ms Murphy, Ms Rowe.
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Thursday 19th May 2011
This year the Bayfield High School production is ‘Little Shop of Horrors; the book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken.
After months of rehearsal and a great deal of time spent on polishing choreography, designing and building stage sets, the talented cast is ready to present you with a top performance.
In the show, you will see some of Dunedin's finest young actors and dancers, and hear the Bayfield High School show band, which has achieved well-deserved recognition for its performance. Once again, we are delighted to be performing at the Westpac Mayfair Theatre, a venue with excellent stage, sound and lighting facilities.
The show is designed to entertain, amuse and enthral. Originally a black comedy musical, it is set in a florist shop in which the florist, a studious young man, discovers a new plant. However, to his horror he realises the plant has an increasing appetite for human blood. How he escapes from this dilemma, destroys the plant, and marries the girl he loves will keep you on the edge of your seat.
A huge thank you to the staff involved, Ms Philippa Hosken – director, Ms Jo Dryden – musical director and Miss Lizzie Adams – choreographer, and many others who have worked tirelessly to ensure the show will be of the high standard we have come to expect of Bayfield High School productions.
‘Little Shop of Horrors' is running from Wednesday 18 May to Saturday 21 May and is sure to be popular, so be in quick to secure your seat. Tickets are available from Bayfield High School, Shore Street or limited seats may be available from the Westpac Mayfair Theatre on the night.