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Music And Me
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Music and Me
Music and Me is an original theatre play written by South Auckland Pasifika Actor and Playwright Victoria Schmidt. Music and Me had its first ever premiere at the Mangere Arts Centre which is South Auckland"s Theatre and Entertainment hub, with funding support from the Creative Communities Scheme.
It tells a story of four South Auckland friends existing on the same poverty-stricken street. An old man wrestling with dementia, a male prostitute in search of a quick fix, a street poet who rhymes in all the wrong places and a vicious drag entrepreneur. From the first successful season, Music and Me has been welcomed for a Wellington Premiere at BATS Theatre, from September 4th-September 15th. This is to provide a vehicle to raise awareness of:
How far our pacific people have come since the migration era, mental illness, prostitution, homelessness, and substance abuse. This is also to incorporate the Wellington community to participate in, and experience work created by established and emerging Pasifika artists. A universal story, told from a pacific perspective - yet speaks to an wider audience. With an exceptional cast, a return season of the production will be an exciting opportunity for the Wellington community.
This PledgeMe project will raise funds towards pre-production and production costs.
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Asalemo Tofete is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School (2007). Tofete has worked primarily in Theatre as an actor/writer and director around New Zealand and has also worked in England and in the USA. Show credits include Angels in America, Adagio, The Factory, PolyZygotic, The Minister’s Son and numerous Shakespeare productions.
Tofete spends his spare time teaching young aspiring performers Shakespeare and stage craft. Music and Me is Asalemo’s fourth directing work to date.
Iaheto Ah Hi: Actor/Playwright/Director
Iaheto Ah Hi of Tokelauan and Samoan descent from the village in Samoa ‘Auala itu Asau’ in Savai’i is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. Ah Hi moved into features with hit comedy (Sione’s Wedding 2006), after time in comedy theatre group the Naked Samoans. His play Tautai — the tale of a car thief emulating his Tokelauan fishing ancestors — helped inspire the 2010 ensemble movie Matariki, with Ah Hi himself winning an award in one of the main roles: Brussels International Film Festival Best Actor award. Most notable being, the NZ International Arts Festivals, A Frigate Bird Sings, and the NZ Actors Company"s A Midsummer Night"s Dream . He has a movie in release: Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business. Iaheto has been involved in Theatre and Film & Television for over a decade and has branched out into directing and writing his own originally produced works.
Victoria Schmidt: Actor/Writer/Producer:
Victoria Schmidt is a graduate of the UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts – majoring in a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting for Screen and Theatre (2007) and has made her professional debut as a professional playwright and Producer with her new play Music and Me that has had a successful season at the Mangere Arts Centre 2012. Her credits include Sione’s Wedding(2006) as “Aaliyah” - Directed by Chris Graham, Shakespeare’s The Life and Death Of King John (2007) as “Constance” – Directed by Jacque Drew, Running With The Bulls in a co-lead role as “Nona Talasi”(2008) – Directed by Iaheto Ah Hi. Othello Polynesia as “Desdemona” with comedy troupe - The Black Friars directed by Michelle Johansson( 2009,) the multi-character production of Tautai (Written by Iaheto Ah Hi) as “Fatu/Karen/Ms Sadhavas/Rookie”(2010) - Directed by Oscar Kightley and Shimpal Lelisi, in the Kila Kokonut Krew produced production of The Factory(2011) as “Paia” – Directed by Vela Manusaute & Anapela Polataivao and most recently in her own play also in a lead role as "Alex" which she wrote and produced - Music and Me (2012) - Directed by Asalemo Tofete.
Amanaki Lelei Prescott-Faletau: Actor/Choreographer/Dancer
Amanaki Lelei Prescott-Faletau has been dancing for years . From contemporary to Voguing, her experience in dance is extensive. She is a recent graduate of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (2011) and has been actively involved in the hip-hop dance scene for 10 years, including choreographing for LIMA Dance Productions and Street Dance New Zealand National Championship (2011). Amanaki is a part of the Vogue Dance Crew to which she also choreographs most of group’s pieces. She has recently been crowned Fresh Factor pageant winner (2012) and been taken up as a model for New Zealand Pacific fashion designer Linda Lepou.Music and Me was her first foray into professional acting as Deshanel – the savvy no-nonsense beauty parlour owner. Amanaki has choreographed works for Pollyhood in Mumuland (2011) - in association with Auckland Theatre Company/PIPA, and was most recently in the successful dance show Mixed Nuts 2 – Underworld with her original, most honest, emotional and memorable dance piece in the show. Amanaki is a recurring feature in the popular Pacific TV Series Fresh TV in association with TVNZ.
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