Fes­ti­val of tal­ented youths

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT -

Youth of all ages will hit the stage for one night only.

Naughty el­derly resthome res­i­dents, su­per heroes, vil­lains, princesses, princes and more crazy char­ac­ters will come to­gether on a South Taranaki stage.

The Bar­bara Ley­don Ju­nior Drama Fes­ti­val takes to the stage at the Ha¯wera Me­mo­rial The­atre with chil­dren from all over the dis­trict show­ing their tal­ent.

Deb Thomas, one of the ju­nior reper­tory di­rec­tors from Ha¯wera Reper­tory So­ci­ety, said this was the most chil­dren she had seen come through be­fore.

Ha¯wera Reper­tory has four plays en­tered - with more than 40 chil­dren - and Ha¯wera Chris­tian School has en­tered one too.

Thomas said there were chil­dren from the age of five through to high school per­form­ing.

‘‘But the age isn’t a re­flec­tion of their stage ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ she said. ’’We’ve got kids who are seven or eight who are vet­er­ans, who have done ju­nior reper­tory three times be­fore.’’

In say­ing this, Thomas said watch­ing the younger chil­dren on stage was a real treat.

‘‘Some­times you have to let go of who you are and just be­come your char­ac­ter, and lit­tle kids are re­ally good at that,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s nice to see kids that first time they’re on stage, and the buzz they get off it.’’

Thomas said this event takes place for ju­nior reper­tory each year, and au­di­ences were in for a real treat with come­dies in the line up.

‘‘It will be a good laugh,’’ she said.

‘‘Kids en­joy the come­dies and the au­di­ence en­joy the come­dies.’’

The fes­ti­val is on Septem­ber 20 and starts at 7pm at the Me­mo­rial The­atre. Tick­ets will be sold on the door - $5 for an adult and $2 for a child.

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