Gobsmacked Productions aims to take the hassle out of shows for primary schools and literally gobsmack the audience.
Patrice Patel created the unique business that manages musicals in schools to combine her love of performing arts and primary teacher experience.
She taught in London for two years before getting a job as a performing arts director for an international school in Cairo, where her job was to create original musicals for the kids.
Getting 2000 kids up on stage each year gave her the confidence to make a business out of it, so she started writing original scripts and songs in preparation for her return to New Zealand
Patrice laughs about how the kids there performed her musical of Captain Cook discovering New Zealand.
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Stories of Gobsmacked
"An amazing success... took our performance arts program to the best in Cairo... Only one who can take 300 kids and put them in a production and they all know what to do."
- Principal Craig Monaghan (Cairo English School)
"I would recommend Gobsmacked any day, it’s a great thing to see brought into your school your community will love it, your parents will love the show night, it will bring some magic to your school."
- Principal Marcus Nourish (Matua School, Tauranga)
"Every time we have worked with [Gobsmacked] it has brought such a fantastic experience for our teachers, students, and our community."
- Principal Anna Mackinnon (St Mary's School, Tauranga)
"The staff found it a breeze... the team at gobsmack come in and work with you and your staff... within five weeks you are putting on an A-quality show."
- Principal Matt Simeon (Pillans Point school, Tauranga)
Over five weeks, the Gobsmacked team will deliver a high-quality Performing Arts programme designed to strengthen the Arts component of the curriculum and provide participating schools with a gobsmacking theatrical performance.
During this time, students will experience dance, drama and music in an energised, fun, innovative and memorable way. At the end of the five weeks teachers, parents, family, friends and the community will be invited to attend a student-led school musical. The performance will take place in a professional theatre where students have the exclusive opportunity to perform on stage, complete with costumes, props, sets, professional photography, videography, sound, lighting, hair and makeup.
Gobsmacked also offers additional goods and services including script sales, script writing, music sales, music production, choreography, merchandise sales, set and prop hiring, workshops and much more.
Gobsmacked caters to the individual needs of every student, teacher and school, regardless of how developed their Performing Arts programme is. Put simply, Team Gobsmacked has the answers to all of your Performing Arts needs.
Original, Fun, Catchy
All music is originally produced to be easy-to-learn, fun, catchy and age-appropriate for any production. Provide us with a brief description outlining your requirements and we will take care of the rest. We are happy to create instrumental tracks, vocal recordings, lyrics and music sheets.
Original & Tailored
We will create original scripts tailored to satisfy your needs. All we need from you is the total number of participants, your desired genre and theme, age of cast members, anticipated length of production and any other special requests. In addition to scripts, we will include run sheets, stage transitioning options, prop and set ideas and costume recommendations.
Professional and Fun
We understand that choreographing a dance routine is often difficult and time consuming. Send us the music track, lyrics, age and ability of participants as well as any special requests and we will choreograph a dance to the chosen song.
D.I.Y. or let us handle it all
After assessing your school’s requirements we will assemble an all-inclusive package. Your school will receive all of the resources necessary to deliver its very own tailored musical.
Designed and made to fit
We have a variety of pre-made costumes in a range of sizes. If we do not have the desired costumes in stock, we will have the costumes designed for you. All you need to do is tell us the type, size and number of costumes required.