It’s a fam­ily af­fair at re­hearsals for play

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - DIANA WOR­THY

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 art­work­sthe­ for dates and tick­ets.

Lisa Gar­rity as a drunken wash­er­woman with daugh­ter Pippi,11, who plays a mem­ber of the Fezzi­wig fam­ily. DIANA WOR­THY/STUFF

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