Playhouse sharpens skills
They are a school drama troupe without a suitable theatre but that has not prevented Mt Albert Grammar School from putting on their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Close to 30 students have been catching the train from Mt Albert to Glen Eden for rehearsals at the Playhouse Theatre.
Director Lilicherie McGregor says she chose the theatre because students could get there cheaply and easily on public transport.
Going to the Playhouse has also allowed the students to pick up skills they wouldn’t get at a production held at the school, she says.
‘‘They are working in a real theatre, on a real stage with real lighting and sound,’’ she says.
‘‘The lighting expert there has been doing it for more than 30 years, he did a workshop and trained up five students from year 9 to year 12 so that is a resource we will have for years to come.’’
Head boy Liam Ferguson says catching the train for 40 minutes has brought a different sort of energy to the play.
‘‘It does take a bit more commitment and in a way you have a better sense of unity with all the actors considering they are going there quite late, travelling together and putting in that extra energy.’’
The 17-year-old, who plays Oberon, says every moment has been worth it.
‘‘It is thrilling to work in a theatre like this and put together a production of this scale.’’
Student Emma McShane, who plays Puck, says the audience should expect the unexpected.
‘‘We are getting to demonstrate not only the drama and acting side of things but also the dancing and music skills students have.’’
Drama time: Matthew Butler, 16, and Derrian Godfrey, 17, in a scene from Mt Albert Grammar School’s production
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.