Kid around at Cen­tre­point

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous school hol­i­day pro­duc­tions, Cen­tre­point The­atre is about to un­leash an­other school hol­i­day ad­ven­ture.

Te Re¯hia The­atre Com­pany is re­turn­ing with a new chil­dren’s show Ruia te Ka¯kano: Te Haerenga o Ho¯iho/ The Jour­ney of Ho¯iho writ­ten and di­rected by Tainui Tuki­waho.

A witty weave of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary, The Jour­ney of Ho¯iho is about friend­ship, fun and ad­ven­ture set in the nat­u­ral world of Aotearoa. Ho¯iho (a yel­low-eyed pen­guin) en­lists the help of young hero­ine Mia to find his friend Ku¯aka (the god­wit) who has not yet re­turned to New Zealand.

The in­ter­ac­tive the­atre show calls on its young au­di­ence to help guide Hoiho and Mia us­ing te reo Maori while learn­ing so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘‘We’re de­lighted to wel­come back Te Re­hia,’’ Cen­tre­point’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Jeff Kings­fordBrown said. ‘‘Their bilin­gual shows for kids are in­clu­sive, cre­ative and, above all, fun.

Te Re¯hia’s pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions in Palmer­ston North in­clude highly ac­claimed mask plays Hoki Mai Tama Ma¯ and SolOthello at Cen­tre­point, and Ta­manui Te Ra/ Maui Tames the Sun at Te Manawa for Wai­tangi Day.

The Jour­ney of Ho¯iho is on at Cen­tre­point from Wed­nes­day, July 13, to Satur­day, July 16, with two per­for­mances daily, 11am and 2pm. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $10 with book­ings on­line and 354 5740.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Mia and Hoiho the pen­guin from Te Re­hia The­atre Com­pany’s school hol­i­day pro­duc­tion of The Jour­ney of Ho¯iho at Cen­tre­point The­atre.

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