Young producer’s got talent
What started as a school talent show has taken off as a full-blown community celebration.
On Saturday, November 25, 12-year-old impresario Louie Wright will be producing and hosting Longburn’s Got Talent in the Longburn Community Hall.
Taking his cue from the flashy Simon Cowell TV talent extravaganzas, Louie has been busy overseeing every aspect of the production.
‘‘In 2014 I had the idea of putting on a small school talent show. It was going to be last year, but then I decided to make it a community talent show open to everyone.’’
Longburn Primary principal Jo Emerson is right behind the youngster, who has also organised all the prizes for the competition, and arranged front of house.
‘‘It’s been an opportunity for Louie to to make use of some very good organisational skills he has been mastering over the past few years. He’s a good leader and part of the school leadership group.
‘‘He’s done a lot of thinking and planning to get it to this stage. He likes giving of his time, and has been behind the last day of term disco, and the Longburn Community Event at the beginning of the year.’’
Louie also enjoyed himself as a cast member in the 2014 Regent on Broadway production of Oliver!.
The youngster has skills many adults would envy. They run to stage management, presenting, solving IT problems and working with sound desks and musical equipment. But then he has always been that way inclined.
In 2010, then aged 6, Louie was his classroom’s IT mentor and computer go-to guy, his computer nous and trouble-shooting abilities attracting the attention of the Manawatu Standard. The paper profiled him as one of their Bright Young Things.
‘‘It's been an opportunity for Louie to to make use of some very good organisational skills he has been mastering over the past few years. He's a good leader and part of the school leadership group.’’ Longburn Primary principal Jo Emerson
For his fun community talent event, Louie is making use of Longburn’s community hall. It has a good stage, heat pumps, car parking, and the old Plunket rooms make good dressing rooms.
‘‘I feel we don’t put on enough community events and don’t util- ise our community centre enough.’’
That could be because the hall on Ngaire St South has been orphaned. It is on the wrong side of the tracks, cut off from the rest of Longburn by the Main Trunk Line and SH 57. It’s not a place anyone from Longburn can walk to.
While Louie heads to high school next year, he’s not going to be cutting ties with Longburn.
He’d like to be on the local community trust committee that administers the hall to promotes greater recognition and use of the facility.
Most likely, Longburn School will make use of his skills for their awards evening, and there’s the 2017 Longburn Community Event to help kick off the year.
Registration forms for Saturday 25 Longburn’s Got Talent are available from the school and on Facebook.
Young impresario Louie Wright is ready to produce Longburn’s Got Talent.