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Tuesday March 28 2017
Debut for young actor By Julia Evans LAST FRIDAY the curtain went up for Alex Wilson’s debut theatre performance. He’s starring as Benji in Showbiz’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Isaac Theatre Royal, the production will run until April 8. Alex’s mother Cathy Wilson said the opportunity almost came out of nowhere. It was Alex’s chorale Alex Wilson teacher at Cobham Intermediate School who put his name forward to audition, that landed him the role. “I’ve always liked watching the plays that come to school, now I get to be in one,” Alex said. Benji is the son of one of Priscilla’s main characters, Tick, who is on a journey back to Alice Springs but is apprehensive about introducing his son to his flamboyant new lifestyle. The role is key in reinforcing the message of tolerance and diversity, Showbiz said. Alex shares the role with
WINNER: An award-winning garden in Willowview Drive.
Ceremony recognises gardeners’ efforts STAR: 11-year-old Alex Wilson landed his first acting role as Benji in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He is pictured with Markham Lee who plays Bob in the production. PHOTO: DANIELLE COLVIN another 11-year-old from Ashburton, Ollie Bubb – they’ve become great friends. Mrs Wilson said it’s a shame that after rehearsals the boys will not see each other again since they perform for alternate shows.
Alex said that’s to help with the late nights, but they don’t worry him too much. “The hardest part is staying on top of your lines and remembering that you’re not the centre of the scene,” Alex said.
FOR THE 27th year running the Papanui-Innes Ward Community Pride Garden Awards have been presented. Last Monday awards were presented to residents and businesses with outstanding gardens and streetscapes at the Christchurch North Methodist Church in Papanui. The aim is to encourage civic garden pride and acknowledge those who have contributed to maintaining the garden city im-
age by beautifying their streets and gardens. This year there were 99 nominated gardens and 56 people attended the event hosted by the Papanui-Innes Community Board. The awards are a city council initiative and have been a collaboration between the community boards and the Christchurch Beautifying Association since 1997. Judging took place in January.
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