Young pro­ducer’s got tal­ent

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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