Offtstage Swing

Ko Puhangatohora toku maunga
Ko Ngāpuhi toku iwi
Ko Pukerata me Te Puea ōku marae
Ko Tauranga Moana toku kāinga
Ko Hiku O Te Ika toku whānau
Ko George Hiku toku ingoa

Performing for the first time at the age of 10, George has taken the time to evolve into a great young man, and awesome performer. Now at the young age of 20, he finds himself in one of the best opportunities of his life. George has done many shows, but to highlight a few favourites, he’s Beast in ‘Beauty And The Beast’ and Donkey in ‘Shrek The Musical.’

After graduating from Tauranga Boys College in 2018, the next year he decided to study abroad at an arts academy known as Associated Studios. Originally based in London, the academy decided to create a base in Melbourne in order to help grow the potential of young theatre performers in Australasia, and assist in shaping their dreams of the stage. Without a sight of hesitation George jumped on the opportunity, and in November of 2019, he graduated with a foundation certificate in musical theatre. An honour which truly humbles him to this day.

All these accomplishments, however, remind George of how grateful he is to be in this position, and is always reminded by his friends and family that only hard work and perseverance gets you far.