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Wednesday April 18, 2018

Pantaloons performance promises fun The popular story of Snow White is com ing to Wellington for the school holidays, and with a Johnsonville actor, Tanisha Wardle, starring as Grouchy Gimble Gomblethorpe. Tanisha is one of the original Pantoloons, a Wellington-based theatre group which started five years ago. Writer/director Amanda Stone says Tanisha is a very experienced performer in both musicals and plays. “In Snow White, she puts her comedic physicality and silliness to good use.”

The group’s aim, says Amanda, is to bring “quality and affordable entertainment to the children of Wellington”. “And our shows are always localised and topical so grownups can pick up on a few cheeky jokes about current affairs along the way.” She promises lots of singing, dancing and continuous audience participation in the show which is being performed at the Gryphon Theatre from April 23-27.

Johnsonville’s Tanisha Wardle as Grouchy Gimble Gomblethorpe. PHOTO: Supplied

The Pink Hammer Songs of love from Nota Bene By Glenise Dreaver

Margaret Robertson, secretary of The Khandallah Arts Theatre, says they are preparing for auditions for the New Zealand comedy by Michele Amas they will present in July. “It’s called The Pink Hammer and it’s about four women who come together in a carpentry workshop to learn how to build.” Through unexpected circumstances, they end up with a man trying to wrangle them as they learn to use the tools, says Margaret. “It’s a laugh-aloud comedy, but it’s also very sad,” she says. Their two-week season will open on July 19 in the community theatre group’s “home”, Cochran Hall at Cashmere Avenue school. Auditions for the cast of four women and one man will be held on April 29 and May 2. Enquiries can be made to director Lynn Coory on 027 600 5366 Their next club night is Friday April 20 at 7.30pm and a warm welcome awaits anyone interested in coming. The meeting will be held in the hall, when club members read The Streaker a New Zealand play by Gregory Cooper. If you are interested, call Jillian on 021 630 330

In their concert on Sunday April 22,Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene presents Love’s Illusions, with songs of romance, passion, vanity and loss.

Shawn Condon: directing cathedral concert. PHOTO: Supplied

The concert is to be held at 3pm in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. It is being directed by Shawn Condon, recently appointed as artistic director of the Bach Choir of Wellington. Shawn also sings bass in Nota Bene. A New Jersey native, Shawn now calls Wellington home. His current research interests include improving expressivity in choral singing, teaching expressivity, creativity in the choral rehearsal, and health and wellbeing through choral singing. The programme features works from Hugo Alfvén and Jean Sibelius—representing the staid and steadfast—to C. V. Stanford’s Elizabethan Pastorals, exuding the charm and innocence of young love. Works of lesser-known com-

School holiday suggestions

Zappo the Clown – entertaining children at the Mall until Friday. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

There’s a full programme on for children during the school holidays at the Johnsonville Mall, regardless of the weather. Each day from Monday April 16 Friday 20 the ever-popular magical friend Zappo the Magician is in the centre performing two shows a day at 11am and 1pm. On Monday April 23 a dough crafts session will run from 11am till 2pm,

with plenty of colourful dough for children to build, shape and create whatever they like. From 11am till 2pm on Tuesday April 24, children will be provided with everything they need to create a painting masterpiece. On Wednesday April 25 there is a mask crafts session, when from 1pm3pm, children can decorate their own mask to take home.

It’s Thursday 26 April and it’s scratch crafts from 11am till 2pm. Children can create colourful pictures, patterns or shapes by scratching into special paper revealing a bright rainbow pattern. On Friday April 27 the activity is diy flower pots. From 11am till 2pm, your children can come down and decorate their own ceramic flower pot to take home and brighten up your garden.

posers like Juha Holma, Mia Makaroff and Jonna Salminen also feature, as well as contemporary choral legends like Eric Whitacre and Morton Lauridsen. In the latter part of the programme the group will sing an arrangement of Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye and a piece by Japanese composer Toru Takamitsu, typically known for his instrumental compositions, with sumptuous and colourful jazz chords And you can’t call a programme Love’s Illusions without showing a little love to Joni Mitchell, so there will be a brilliant transcription of Both Sides Now, as arranged by the Australian vocal ensemble The Idea of North. Tickets are available on Eventfinda

Replacement found for Stage Challenge Hundreds of young musicians and performers will get their first shot at stardom at new school arts events later this year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. Mr Hipkins pledged support for a new event after the organiser of Stage Challenge and J Rock said they could no longer continue. “I am delighted to announce that RockQuest Promotions Ltd (Rockquest) will run the events this year,” Mr Hipkins said. “I couldn’t stand by and let these events disappear. “They are a great opportunity for young people to affirm and celebrate their culture and identity, be creative, and increase their confidence and leadership.” Mr Hipkins said the Ministry of Education ran a tender process and received a range of good proposals. “Rockquest has a great track-record of delivering successful, largescale performance events for all ages and cultures and already has strong relationships with schools.” The events, which have yet to be named, will enable Year 1 to 13 students to engage in music, drama and dance in their local communities. Successful performers will be offered the opportunity to perform in a national show. The contract with Rockquest is for this year, funded by a one-off grant of $800,000 while the Ministry develops a longer term solution.

Independent Herald 18-04-18  

Independent Herald 18-04-18

Independent Herald 18-04-18  

Independent Herald 18-04-18