Show casts its leads

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

The search is over, the Princess of Pi­ako has been found.

Late last year the search be­gan in earnest for a princess to take the lead role in Mata­mata Mu­si­cal Theatre’s Princess of Pi­ako.

Au­di­tions were held and direc­tor Sharon Holmes, who also wrote the show, said she now has a princess, along with a won­der­ful cast of around 40.

Holmes said there

was

no short­age of peo­ple want­ing to au­di­tion.

She said all the young peo­ple were very tal­ented and they were all ex­cited to be able to put of a show for the com­mu­nity. ‘‘ Grand­par­ents and par­ents should be ex­cited too,’’ she said.

Kennedy Park, 12, has been cast as Cin­derella with Ben Pil­more-Evans, 11, as the prince.

This will be Kennedy’s first show, while Ben has done a few be­fore.

Kennedy said she gets a bit of stage fright, but said she ‘‘should be OK’’.

Re­hearsals are be­ing held at least three times a week in the lead up to the May show.

Kennedy and Ben said it was nice to be in a show with other young peo­ple from around the area.

Princess of Pi­ako opens on May 3. Keep an eye on the Chron­i­cle for when tick­ets go on sale.

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