1. WILD THINGS
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.
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.