HYCT bring classic to life

Arabella Flanagan-Scholes (left) plays Wilbur and Brooklyn Burns is Charlotte. Times photo Wayne Martin

Howick Children’s & Youth Theatre (HCYT) brings a well-loved classic tale to life this school holidays through it’s production of Charlotte’s Web.

Directed by HCYT principal Fiona Bailey, the show tells the story of Wilbur, a livestock pig, played by 13-year-old Arabella Flanagan-Scholes and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte, played by 12-year-old Brooklyn Burns.

The cast of 17 local children aged from 9 – 14years play a wide variety of parts in the show from fun farmyards animals to the many human characters who admire and take care of Wilbur.

The production has been rehearsing for the past eight weeks and Bailey says the show has come together fantastically.

“This show has given our young actors a fantastic opportunity to use the skills they have learnt in class to give their characters real personality,” said Bailey.

“They are very excited to bring this show to the local community. I have really enjoyed directing these children and it is great to see their characters come to life”.

The show is suitable for children aged 5 years and up and is a great activity for families to do during the school holidays.

The show performs at Harlequin Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick. Thursday July 22 and Friday July 23 at 1.30pm and 4pm, and Saturday July 24 at 1.30pm. Tickets are $8 per head.

Also being performed by HCYT’s newest performers this holidays is Hairy Maclary and other Kiwi Stories, suitable for 4 years and up. Performing July 24 at 10am and 11.30am, and Sunday July 25 at 11am. Tickets $6 per head.

  • Tickets for both shows can be purchased by phoning HCYT on 537 4943 or by email to hcyt@xtra.co.nz.