It’s a family affair at rehearsals for play
Family entertainment has taken on a new meaning for the cast of a forthcoming Christmas production at Artworks Theatre.
Many of them will be acting on stage alongside family members or have relatives helping in the wings.
It’s a first for the Waiheke Theatre Company as rehearsals gather pace for its production of A Christmas Carol.
The popular Charles Dickens novel has been adapted for stage by John Jakes and is being directed by theatre professional Stephanie Wilkins.
Lisa Garrity, who plays the part of sozzled washer woman and thief Mrs Dilber, is delighted her 11 year-old daughter Pippi is also in the play.
‘‘I’ve been coaching her in the background and I nag,’’ Lisa Garrity said.
‘‘She’s never been on stage before.’’
Pippi said she hadn’t got many lines to learn and was excited, but ‘nervouscated’, about performing.
‘‘I’ve learned mum’s lines and know them better than she does.’’
Pippi’s part sees her acting alongside Jemima Davis-goff and her dad, Bruce, with Emma Yates playing the part of Mrs Fezziwig.
Yates said she was enjoying that part and was having particular fun in another role as a flower woman as she acts with her own children - William, 10, and Mia, 8.
‘‘I get to hit them,’’ Yates said.
‘‘Seriously though, I accidentally touched one of them in one rehearsal and felt awful.’’
The children are enjoying the experience of acting and rehearse with glee a scene involving a squabble. ‘‘It’s not hard learning the lines,’’ William said, ‘‘Mum didn’t help.’’
Grant Carran who is appearing with his sons Jasper, 10, and Remy, 8, said it was a great intro- duction to the theatre for them.
Others appearing in the production together are Dennis and Richard Bull.
Such family associations aim to set the tone for audiences to look forward to a warm, ‘Christmassy’ production.
The play opens on November 23 for a three-week run.
See artworkstheatre.org.nz for dates and tickets.