Chil­dren’s theatre group telling great story

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By LEE JAMIESON

An orig­i­nal and lo­cally-writ­ten adap­ta­tion of the story of Wil­liam Tell is be­ing per­formed by Chil­dren’s Mu­si­cal Theatre in Au­gust. The Clyde Theatre Group pro- duc­tion por­trays the le­gend of Wil­liam Tell, a Swiss folk hero and ex­pert marks­man with a cross­bow, set in the 14th cen­tury. In 1993 Gerry Sawyers of Alexan­dra, a teacher at the Alexan­dra Pri­mary School, adapted the story into a script for the school’s endof-year pro­duc­tion. Gwen Walles, also of Alexan­dra, wrote the mu­sic for it. Chil­dren’s Mu­si­cal Theatre di­rec­tor Pat Lines, of Clyde, said 28 chil­dren were in the cast of the Clyde Theatre Group pro­duc­tion. ‘‘There is a lot of lovely tal­ent to cast, 15 singers and 13 dancers to high­light the won­der­ful story he has writ­ten,’’ Mrs Lines said. The story de­vel­ops as Wil­liam Tell and his son refuse to bow to the em­peror’s hat on a pole in the cen­tre of the vil­lage. To save them from ex­e­cu­tion, Tell has the op­tion of split­ting an ap­ple with an ar­row from his cross­bow on top of his son’s head. ◗ The show will be at Clyde Me­mo­rial Hall on Au­gust 16, 17, 18.

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Let’s go! Clyde Theatre Group cast mem­bers from the Chil­dren’s Mu­si­cal Theatre pro­duc­tion of Wil­liam Tell, and di­rec­tor Pat Lines. Photo: LEE JAMIESON

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