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Wellington College bringing rock’n’roll pioneer to stage By Sam Tattersfield
Harry Crawford as the title character in Wellington College’s musical The Buddy Holly Story. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Holly songs that the audience will enjoy. Harry says Kirsty has been fantastic, as has Wellington College head of music Liam Boyle, who he says is “really into Buddy Holly”. It’s “cool” that girls from Samuel Marsden and Wellington Easts Girls College are in the production, given neither is the sister school of WC, so students don’t interact that much, says Harry. “The girls are much easier to wrangle than the boys,” says Kirsty. In the lecture Bob Dylan had to complete in order to receive his prize for literature in 2016, he said of Holly on stage: “Something about him seemed permanent and he filled me with conviction. Then out of the blue, the most uncanny thing happened. He looked at me right straight there in the eye and he transmitted something, something I didn’t know what. It gave me the chills.” The Beatles’ Paul McCartney is a fan of his, once said, “At least the first 40 songs we wrote were Buddy-influenced.”
Wellington College will be putting on a production of Buddy Holly from 7pm to 9pm, July 2-6, in the college’s Brierley Theatre, as their yearly production. Arts director and producer Kirsty Hazledine says audiences will find the music amazing and familiar. “A lot of school musicals are a bit sappy, to put it mildly, and this is a really good story, it’s got really good music, and we have musicians at this school who can play this sort of music,” she says. “It’s a play with music, and it’s all Buddy Holly music.” She says the event won’t be a big fundraiser for the school. “We’ll be lucky to break even, after money for lighting, and money for royalties.” The production’s Buddy Holly, year 13 student Harry Crawford, says the 1950s icon is “a bit of an idol for me,” and thinks it’s interesting to lead a musical where conventional acting, rather than songs, drives the storyline. The music is, instead, Buddy
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Lyall Bay School year 3 and 4 pupils (from left) Hana Kleyn, Lara Christie, Georgia Spellacy and Nami Scally-Irvine during the school’s Wig and Wacky Hair day that took place last Wednesday. It was part of a nationwide fundraising initiative for the Child Cancer Foundation. Georgia initiated the fundraiser for the school, asking the leadership team how she could make it happen. The school raised $576 for the foundation. PHOTO: Supplied
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