College goes all out with Ali Baba play
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.
Students at Putaruru College taking part in the stage production Ali Baba.