Col­lege goes all out with Ali Baba play

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It’s been at least 13 years since Pu­taruru Col­lege held a school pro­duc­tion so with its lat­est it’s gone big.

Ali Baba and the 40 thieves big that is with the ma­jor­ity of its year seven and eight stu­dents tak­ing part.

The show opened Tues­day af­ter­noon with a sold out show and runs every night in the col­lege hall at 7pm un­til Fri­day.

Teacher Lanny Joe said the stu­dents have been so keen to take part they have had to do a dou­ble cast.

‘‘A lot of the kids are act­ing for the first time but at this age they have no fear and they are like sea­soned pros,’’ he said.

‘‘With a dou­ble cast it is re­ally tricky though be­cause you want them all to be used as much as pos­si­ble so on dif­fer­ent nights we have dif­fer­ent ones do­ing dif­fer­ent things so they are all still tak­ing part.’’

‘‘With the likes of 40 odd thieves need­ing hair and makeup it is not easy but it is ex­cit­ing and they are re­ally en­joy­ing it.

‘‘It’s cool we can now put on a show af­ter so long.’’

Joe said it was good see­ing the year seven and eight stu­dents mix­ing.

‘‘They have been great. The ideas they come up with and their abil­ity to prob­lem solve and take own­er­ship of things has also been re­ally good,’’ he said.

He said without com­mu­nity sup­port the pro­duc­tion would not have been pos­si­ble.

‘‘We have had par­ents and teach­ers coming in to help with cos­tumes, lines, and set­ting up the stage af­ter school and dur­ing week­ends so it has been out­stand­ing.’’

Joe said ev­ery­one had gone all out to make it spe­cial.

‘‘We usu­ally just have the tra­di­tional stage but be­cause of the size of the cast we have also used the space in front for Ali Baba’s house, a cave, and a for­est so it is quite unique,’’ he said.

He said even the se­nior stu­dents have been im­pressed.

‘‘They are al­ready talk­ing about what they want to put on,’’ he said.

Tick­ets are avail­able from the col­lege and on the night if not sold out prior.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIRFAX NZ

Stu­dents at Pu­taruru Col­lege tak­ing part in the stage pro­duc­tion Ali Baba.

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