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THE TRIBUNE, DECEMBER 7, 2011
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By Monday 19th December 2011
Students deserve wider audience
Directed by Jaime Dorner
UCOL Diploma of Performing Arts
Globe Theatre, November 30 till
Reviewed by David Collins
Yearning: Kristin Russell in The Seagull.
Photo: ROBERT KITCHIN
One of the interesting things
about The Seagull is that it s
not about loss.
To be about loss would imply the
characters actually succeed in
obtaining their desires, when in fact
It s fascinating to watch this cast of
characters, this small society
where all their lives -- sometimes
pretty, sometimes ugly -- are
defined mostly by failure.
It s a tricky play to summarise
so I m going to cheat and shame-
lessly quote Wikipedia: The cen-
tral story dramatises the roman-
tic and artistic conflicts between
four characters: the ingenue Nina,
the fading actress Irina Arkadina,
her son the symbolist playwright
Konstantin, and the famous
Being a class production, there s
a larger cast than there are
characters, so there s been some
double ups with the performances.
This never detracts from the show,
however, and -- especially in the case
of the two Uncle Sorins (played by
Jak Edens and Ryan Knighton) --
adds a good subversive measure of
playfulness to what might otherwise
be a drab show.
There s a rough sort of theatricality
to things: The set is ill-defined, par-
ticularly in the second half where
features of scenes are described to
the audience; characters have
clumsy, raw moments -- struggling
with their everyday lives while being
trapped by their obsessions.
Yet, thanks to the quality of the
storytelling, it manages to hold
together (despite a game of musical
chairs making too long a break in the
The music is also effective -- a mix-
ture of live singing, contemporary
tracks, and sparse piano -- remi-
niscent of the score for Eyes Wide
Shut -- keeping it light in the
moments where it has to be, and
tense in others.
The work the students of UCOL s
performing arts diploma do has value
and deserves an audience beyond
parents and faculty, proving itself to
be an vital component of the Mana-
watu theatre scene.
Next time these guys put on a
show, check it out.
Santa set for street party
The Dutch Windmill in Main St is
the scene for this year s Christmas
Street Party in Foxton, and Santa
will be arriving in style.
Organised by the Foxton Tour-
ist and Development Association,
the street party is on Saturday,
December 17, from 4pm till 8pm.
Our aim is to have an awesome
little Christmas street party for
the community, with no gate
charge, president Paul Andrews
said. Santa will arrive in a fire
truck, and children will be able to
have their photo taken with Santa
in his grotto.
The Foxton Community Board
and Horowhenua District Council
have organised to open the swim-
ming pool free of charge from 4pm.
There will be rides for the children
and food stalls, with Christmas
songs performed by the Foxton
Primary School band.
Choirs bring festive sounds
By LYN NIKOLOFF
Christmas is a time when we can
all indulge our penchant for sing-
There is less than three weeks
until Christmas and the Jeanne
Purdy School of Music is inviting
everyone to its free concert on
We are certain that our excit-
ing new repertoire of festive songs
will appeal to young and old,
musical director Jeanne Purdy
The concert will include
performances from the music
school s two main choirs: the
Divas & Tenors and the Women s
Celtic Song Group.
Members of the two singing
groups range in age from early 30s
to early 80s, and some members
are accomplished soloists. And
there are 12 men in the Divas &
All of which ensures that the
groups performances have a won-
derful, dynamic sound with great
audience appeal, Ms Purdy said.
The concert programme is a mix
of familiar and not-so-familiar
festive songs, and includes a song
whose sentiment we should all
embrace at this time of year, Let
there be peace.
Performing well is our main
goal and, to ensure a high stan-
dard of singing, we rehearse every
week, she said.
However, being invited to per-
form our Wonderful World of
Christmas concert at the library,
and to bring our special brand of
festive music to the people of
Palmerston North, is a great privi-
Ms Purdy hopes the concert will
instil some much-needed seasonal
cheer after what has been, for
many people, a very challenging
The concert is in the library s
Sound and Vision Zone at 1.30pm.
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