Teen ac­tress soars in lead

Rodney Times - - CONVERSATIONS - MATTHEW CATTIN

It’s a good thing Ni­cole Wil­son isn’t afraid of heights.

For her lat­est role as Wendy in the Na­tional Youth The­atre Com­pany’s (NYTC) sea­son of Peter Pan, the 16-year-old ac­tress won’t be spend­ing all of her time on stage.

She’ll also be above it.

Com­ing on­board for her 11th show with NYTC, the Orewa Col­lege stu­dent is ex­cited to per­form her big­gest role yet in the orig­i­nal adap­ta­tion of the J. M. Bar­rie clas­sic.

With a cast of 289 ac­tors aged be­tween 7 and 21, it will also be the youth com­pany’s largest ever cast.

Ni­cole fell in love with the role of Wendy dur­ing au­di­tions, and par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the new songs writ­ten for the char­ac­ter.

She plans to bring a hint of teenage re­bel­lion to the beloved role.

‘‘She’s quite re­spon­si­ble, even at man­gawhai-mu­seum.org.nz or phone 09 431 4645.

Kowhai Singers Con­cert: Af­ter­noon con­cert at Wark­worth Town Hall, 1pm-7pm. though she doesn’t want to be, and she’s quite a moth­erly fig­ure,but I also want to put a spin on the fact she is still a teenager,’’ she said.

With fly­ing re­hearsals un­der­way, Ni­cole says she is ‘‘pretty good’’ at heights, and has been hop­ing to do a bungee jump since she was around five-years-old. While she is still yet to bungee, she has en­joyed

Snells Beach Gar­den Cir­cle: Meet­ing in the Betty Pax­ton room of Mahu­rangi East Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, learn­ing to ‘‘fly’’ at The Dust Palace cir­cus the­atre com­pany in Pen­rose.

Ni­cole’s en­thu­si­asm in pre­vi­ous shows - in­clud­ing this year’s Oliver! earned her an NYTC schol­ar­ship for the sea­son. The prize cov­ers the NYTC reg­is­tra­tion fees for cast members.

Peter Pan’s sea­son will de­but at the Aotea cen­tre from De­cem­ber 8. Ha­matana Rd, 1.30pm-3pm. Guest speaker on Bromeli­ads, com­pe­ti­tion en­tries, sales ta­ble and af­ter­noon tea. Phone 09 425 5371 for more.

MATTHEW CATTIN/STUFF

Ni­cole Wil­son will play Wendy in the Na­tional Youth The­atre Com­pany pro­duc­tion of Peter Pan.

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