Hide plays a dwarf
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.