Ac­tors di­rec­to­rial abil­ity on the line

Whanganui Chronicle - - 48 Hours/arts - Liz Wylie [email protected]­i­cle.co.nz

Whether seen play­ing a doomed Shake­spearean lord, a Cowardly Lion or Red Rid­ing Hood’s Grandma, Whanganui au­di­ences know Chris McKen­zie sure can act.

Next week they will get to ob­serve his di­rec­to­rial abil­ity for the first time when Dick Whit­ting­ton and his Cat opens at Wan­ganui Reper­tory Theatre.

Roger Hall’s pan­tomime adap­ta­tion of the 15th cen­tury ragsto-riches tale has Dick Whit­ting­ton and his mother, along with their cat, Tom, liv­ing on a Taranaki dairy farm.

Along with their neigh­bours Ethel and Ce­cil, they head off to the big city of Welling­ton to seek their for­tunes.

McKen­zie has been en­joy­ing his first stint in the di­rec­tor’s chair and says what he likes most is “watch­ing all sorts of dif­fer­ent peo­ple with dif­fer­ent skills, band­ing to­gether to cre­ate a show they can be proud to present to the pub­lic for no other rea­son than a love of theatre”.

He is now able to see all the ideas he has had in his head be­ing brought to life by some “very tal­ented peo­ple”.

Those tal­ented peo­ple are David Craig, Ash­lyn Morris, Is­abelle McKen­zie, Heath McKen­zie, Maddi McKen­zie, Tori Whi­b­ley, Richard Leith, Ro­nan Shaw, Phil Hud­son, Charlee El­gar and Ian Jones with Kieran Cal­laghan of New Ply­mouth pro­vid­ing the mu­si­cal di­rec­tion.

Will Dick win the heart of Alice? Will Mother win the heart of any­one? Will Ethel and Ce­cil re­alise their dream and sing opera? Will they sur­vive Mother’s lack of sail­ing skills or the at­ten­tions of the Chief and his min­ions? Or will the mys­te­ri­ous King Rat win the day?

All will be re­vealed when Dick Whit­ting­ton and His Cat opens at Wan­ganui Reper­tory Theatre, 4 Ridg­way St on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13 at 6.30pm.

There will be six evening and four mati­nee per­for­mances up to and in­clud­ing De­cem­ber 23. Book at seat-ad­vi­sor or Royal Wan­ganui Opera House.

Adult $25, Se­nior/Stu­dent $20, Child un­der15 $15, Fam­ily 2A+2C $70, Rep mem­bers: Adult $20, Se­nior $18, Stu­dent $16, Child $12.

He is now able to see all the ideas he has had in his head be­ing brought to life

Multi-tal­ented Whanganui ac­tor Chris McKen­zie will make his di­rec­to­rial de­but when DickWhit­ting­ton and his Cat opens nextweek.

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