Youth leads way in stage thrills
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.