Witches to the res­cue

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS - By ROSE HUD­SON

Hearty con­grat­u­la­tions to the pro­duc­tion team at Porirua Lit­tle Theatre who brought the cit­i­zens of East­wick alive on stage in a stun­ning gala open­ing night per­for­mance of John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe’s mu­si­cal com­edy, The Witches Of East­wick.

Di­rec­tor Stu­art James and chore­og­ra­pher Clin­ton Me­ne­ses have made ex­cel­lent use of large and small act­ing spa­ces cre­ated by Anna Lowe’s ex­cit­ing set de­sign.

Lowe has al­lowed many op­por­tu­ni­ties for the New Eng­land vil­lage of East­wick to re­volve around the al­most hand­some Dar­ryl, played by David Bramwell-Cooke (what a bloke, I too could have fallen for his fickle charm) and Janelle Pollock, Katie Evans, Eryn Street, the schem­ing, ir­re­sistible ‘‘witches’’ he tries so hard to woo.

All turned in great per­for­mances, danc­ing, singing, flirt­ing and hav­ing fun on stage.

John Ma­han and Colin Brown’s ever-chang­ing light­ing plot keep East­wick lit up night and day and deserves spe­cial men­tion, as does stage man­ager Rus­sell Nel­son’s band of trusty set movers.

My favourite mo­ments were when the Phan­tom Orches­tra, play­ing off stage be­hind the al­most seethrough back-drop, could be fleet­ingly glimpsed . . . shad­owy fig­ures un­der the shad­owy ba­ton of mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Hay­den Tay­lor.

Here’s hop­ing the creme de la creme of Greater Welling­ton’s arts and theatre com­mu­nity will sup­port this pro­duc­tion in Porirua Lit­tle Theatre’s tem­po­rary venue, the Pop-Up Theatre in cen­tral Porirua, on loan from Porirua City Coun­cil.

Sup­port and money go to­gether, and it is money that the Lit­tle Theatre now needs to help save its home of many years in Ti­tahi Bay.

Photo: JIM CHIPP

An­cient craft: Wood­carver Jim How­ell with a full-size replica of Tu­tankhamen’s throne, which will be on dis­play at Pataka.

Re­view – The Witches of East­wick

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