Festival of talented youths
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.