Hide plays a dwarf

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Rod­ney Hide must have the most colour­ful daily plan­ner in pol­i­tics.

From the Ep­som elec­torate to the dance floor in television’s Danc­ing with Stars was just the be­gin­ning.

Mr Hide is now a “de­fender of the for­est” as one of Snow White’s dwarfs in the Corelli School of the Arts an­nual pan­tomime.

In his latest ven­ture on stage he plays But­ter­burr – a bum­bling dwarf who never gets it right – in the pan­tomime Snow White, writ­ten by Bri­tish play and pan­tomime writer Norman Rob­bins.

The panto fea­tures 40 stu­dents from the art­sori­ented school whose skills range from the vis­ual arts, dance and drama through to mu­sic.

None of them are politi­cians, yet.

The score was writ­ten by Corelli’s prin­ci­pal David Selfe, and the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor is David Wood­cock (King Kong).

Five pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians join the cast dur­ing per­for­mances at the school’s pur­pose-built com­plex on Auck­land’s North Shore.

Mr Hide’s ap­pear­ance fol­lows what is be­com­ing a proud tra­di­tion at the school, in­volv­ing high­profi work­ing per­form­ers or per­son­al­i­ties to work along­side stu­dents.

Mr Hide’s quite ex­cited about play­ing a “de­fender of the for­est”.

“It’s all about en­cour­ag­ing th­ese kids to fol­low their dreams as artistes,” he says.

“If wear­ing tights and hav­ing peo­ple laugh at me makes a dif­fer­ence to their lives, well it will all be worth it. They are tak­ing that plunge early and by the time they’re my age, they will be stars.”

The Corelli School of the Arts is a unique fa­cil­ity in New Zealand. Chil­dren as young as five through to univer­sity age study full­time, com­plet­ing nor­mal cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

They de­vote up to 30 per­cent of their days to per­for­mance.

Per­for­mance mod­ules at the school in­clude vis­ual arts, dance, singing, mu­sic and drama.

Snow White is on from June 25 to 29. Tick­ets are avail­able from the school on 476-5043 or www.corelli.school.nz.

Latest face: Rod­ney Hide has been trans­formed into But­ter­burr for the Snow White pro­duc­tion.

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