Youth leads way in stage thrills

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Theatre, and all the mys­tery and drama that goes with it, is alive and kick­ing in Pu­taruru.

For the next four nights the Kens­ing­ton Theatre will bring to life four cliff-hang­ing one­act plays.

Pu­taruru Theatre Play­ers mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Fiona Scan­lon said there was a huge turnout to au­di­tions this year, mean­ing they had to cre­ate a whole new play.

More than half the tal­ented cast were youths be­tween 11 and 16, she said.

‘‘Pu­taruru has no prob­lems get­ting chil­dren on the stage.’’

From spies and for­tune tell­ers to a black com­edy that touches on the tragedy of sui­cide, these four plays have it all, she said.

But from a devel­op­ment per­spec­tive, the most ex­cit­ing el­e­ment is the fresh faces lead­ing each one.

She said the con­cept was to give bud­ding di­rec­tors a foot in the door.

‘‘All four are novice di­rec­tors, but they are sup­ported by oth­ers with ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

A Brush With Des­tiny , tra­di­tion­ally known as No­body Fa­mous, will be acted out by an all-youth cast and di­rected by Rachel Harper.

Mean­while, Ledge, Ledger and the Leg­end, di­rected by Allen Ward, is a black com­edy that touches on a few of the darker el­e­ments of so­ci­ety, Scan­lon said.

‘‘In this leg­end, we are, as with all good leg­ends, shown the good things that can come from seem­ingly bad times. Whilst this play deals with the topic of sui­cide, it also shows there is al­ways hope.’’

Red Spy at Night will be di­rected by Pa­tri­cia Robin­sonHill and Steve Hill while Some­thing in the Attic will be di­rected by Do­minic Bow­er­sMa­son and An­gela Massey.

Com­pe­tent ac­tors: Carolyn Eg­gers, left, John McLean, Ju­dith McLean and Do­minic Bow­ers-Ma­son have this scene of Red Spy at Night down pat.

Dra­matic duo: Luke Mad­dren, left, Tris­tan Al­li­son and Allen Ward get in char­ac­ter.

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