1. WILD THINGS

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Check out the premiere of Zookeeper Sam’s Bad Day at the Globe this week. Only a few days left.

Tall Pop­pies Drama School is not wait­ing around for the Es­planade’s Wild­base Re­cov­ery to be built.

Thanks to a play writ­ten by a for­mer Tall Pop­pies stu­dent Amy Atkins, the drama school has some­what pre-empted the es­tab­lish­ment of Wild­base Re­cov­ery in its lat­est pro­duc­tion. Well, at least for the first week of the school hol­i­days.

On at the Globe, it’s the last chance this week for young au­di­ences to catch up with the premiere of Zookeeper Sam’s Bad Day, and to lend a hand in help­ing Sam and the an­i­mals sort out their prob­lems.

Noth­ing too se­ri­ous, but things can be un­com­fort­able if you’re a tu­atara with hic­cups who wants to read poetry, or a hun­gry kiwi who is afraid of the dark.

Tall Pop­pies Del Costello, who co-di­rects the pro­duc­tion with Atkins, said the show, which is part of Tall Pop­pies’ 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, was amus­ing and fun with cool cos­tumes and catchy mu­sic.

The an­i­mals had dis­tinc­tive prob­lems and per­son­al­i­ties and a mes­sage that chil­dren would re­late to.

‘‘The au­di­ence will learn about New Zealand an­i­mals and their spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics and re­alise that, by work­ing to­gether, prob­lems can be solved,’’ Costello said.

The 10 roles in­clud­ing Sam, his as­sis­tant, the tu­atara and kiwi, a na­tive fruit bat with toothache, other na­tive birds, and a dog are played by five Tall Pop­pies ac­tors be­tween the ages of 13 and 18.

To cre­ate a for­est-like at­mos­phere, Costello and Atkins have hired plants from the City Coun­cil’s re­serves de­part­ment to trans­form the the­atre en­trance and stage into a leafy for­est en­clo­sure.

Atkins was par­tic­u­larly proud of the ac­tors in her ‘‘world premiere’’ on Mon­day.

There are two daily per­for­mances of Zookeeper Sam’s Bad Day on for the rest of this week un­til Fri­day, at 10am and 2pm in Globe 2. Tick­ets for the al­most hour-long show are $7, and avail­able from the Globe box of­fice in Main St, on­line, and on 351 4409. After the per­for­mance, chil­dren can meet the char­ac­ters.

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PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Zookeeper Sam, cen­tre, played by Matthew Gar­rett is at his wits end in the in the chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment Zookeeper Sam’s Bad Day, thanks to an ail­ing menagerie of an­i­mals played by from left, Erin Gilchrist, Kayla Fenn, Meg O’Con­nor and Olivia Costello.

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