Image supplied by  DEC Creatives Photography

Image supplied by DEC Creatives Photography

Meet Patrice. When her father died tragically in a mountain accident when she was young, Patrice was forced to grow up quickly to help her mother raise her younger sister and brother. Always positive, looking at the bright side of life, Patrice always believed that with hard work she could have anything you wanted in life. Patrice’s passion for the performing arts started at the age of six, whereshe immersed herself in all forms of dance until she graduated from high school. Always knowing she wanted to be a school teacher; Patrice often spoke of how her dream would somehow be merged with her passion for dance. After graduating as a teacher (whilst gaining dance teaching experience), she went to London with her now husband, Dion to teach full time and travel. She kept up her dancing at Pineapple where she was lucky enough to train with professional Broadway dancers for two years. After a successful two years of teaching in London, Patrice was offered the position of Director of Performing Arts for an International school in Egypt -- home of the largest school theatre in the Middle East! During her two years there, Patrice wrote, directed and produced nine school musicals with over 300 students. On return to New Zealand, Patrice launched 'Gobsmacked'; a performing arts company specialising in the production of school musicals, providing all original scripts, music, dance choreography, costumes, sets and props. After its first school musical in May 2015 with over 370 students in the cast, Gobsmacked is now completely booked for the remainder of the year. Patrice has an infectious zest for life, inspiring people to better themselves. Her belief in her students is the driving force behind each musical’s success. She is a Strong Woman.