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Thursday March 29, 2018

All hands on deck as pupils aim to produce dream show By Jamie Adams

As St Mark’s Church School prepares to put on its biennial production there is plenty happening behind the scenes – and it’s all being done by the pupils. Most of the school’s year 7 and 8 students are rehearsing to perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, a oneoff end-of-term show to be held next month. However those not performing have been involved in other ways: Designing the set; painting the set, the props and the costumes; and practising for front-of-house stage management. They are even designing the tickets and posters, year 8 teacher and front-of-house co-ordinator Viki Zadimas says. “It gives them a sense of ownership. They take their jobs seriously,” she says. “It’s also educational as they get to see how a show is put together.” Design co-ordinator Leanne Filer says students have tried hard at making the Egyptian and Middle Eastern background look authentic, as per the instruction of

show director Susan Hayworth. “They’ve painted three panels showing the desert, the Nile with palm trees and the Canaan, which is what we know as modern-day Israel,” Leanne says. Students used unwanted materials, such as broken umbrellas, for the props and also created names of all the characters in hieroglyphics. They have been painting panels to place on the Joseph’s “coat of many colours”, which is being made by Leanne, as well as colouring the tie-dyed shirts that will be worn by other characters. “We decided to go with something more contemporary,” costume co-ordinator Cathy Underhill says. “They’ve been working on them for five weeks.” One pupil is even working on a 30-second stop-motion claymation clip for the show’s “Pharaoh/Elvis” dream sequence. He estimates 120 painstaking frames would be needed to complete it. The production will be held at the St Mark’s church hall on April 12 at 6.30pm.

Newtown gets $3.4 million for facilities upgrade

Theo Hardy, Keeran Naguleswaran and Harry Simons, all 11, work on painting the prop pyramids for St Mark’s Church School’s production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

WE’RE INVESTING IN OUR REGION An interactive map of Newtown marking areas to improve, love and create. PHOTO: Facebook. By Gianina Schwanecke JOURNALISM STUDENT

Newtown residents want more creative arts spaces, a cycleway and better support for beggars and the homeless, a recent report finds. The report followed last year’s Shine a Light on Newtown sessions which offered residents an opportunity to voice suggestions about future funding and council plans for the region. The Wellington City Council (WCC) has worked closely with community groups in developing the project and received nearly 1000 responses. Some of the more creative suggestions include a ‘libarty’, a loan service where members are able to borrow art pieces. Newtown Residents’ Association president of Rhona Carson is pleased with the report’s findings. “It was gratifying to see how many people put the Newtown Festival as one of their favourite things,” she says. Many residents were unaware the funding was limited to facilities upgrades and feared their feedback would be ignored.

WCC community partnerships coordinator Sophie Parsons says it was a new way of working for the council. “It’s a co-design… there’s joint ownership of the project,” Sophie says. “[It’s a] great way to work with that level of participation with the community.” However the feedback will not be considered in an upcoming spending package as the funding was allocated in 2012. The WCC is to invest $3.4 million into three community facilities, including the Smart Newtown centre, the community centre, and Newtown Hall. Sophie says there is an opportunity to better communicate the project’s aims, but that the council values residents’ input. “There’s a need to communicate better about the project and definitely something we will carry forward. “Although this project is quite specific, it doesn’t mean those other community priorities will be lost and we’re looking at how to continue those conversations.” The project has entered the procurement phase and the council is now seeking designs from several architectural firms. They hope to announce a final plan by June.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE GREATER WELLINGTON REGIONAL COUNCIL TEN-YEAR PLAN, OUR PRIORITIES AND HOW WE PAY FOR THEM. Speak to a Councillor or Council staff: • Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Wednesday 4 April from 5:30pm • Wellington Harbour Markets, Sunday 8 April from 8:00am For more information and events in your area, please visit www.whatmatters.co.nz or pick up a copy of the consultation document from your local library. CONSULTATION IS OPEN NOW, HAVE YOUR SAY BY SUNDAY 29 APRIL.

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Cook Strait News 29-03-18  

Cook Strait News 29-03-18

Cook Strait News 29-03-18  

Cook Strait News 29-03-18