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The Eye 20.6.13
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Check Chess out, mate
Chess times: Southland Boys' and Southland Girls' High School are combining
to present their senior production Chess. Performers, from left, are: Sam Smith,
Jack Honeybone, Lee Richardson, Danii De Spong, Adam Carter and Caitlin
Photo: LOUISE BERWICK 628096652
What: Southland Boys' and Girls'
High School production.
When: July 2 to 4, 7.30pm
Where: SIT Centrestage
How much: Adults $15, senior
citizens $12 and students $10.
Lights, camera, action . . . chess?
That's right. Chess might not be
the obvious word to follow that
sentence, but some Invercargill
teenagers are going to prove it
Southland Boys' High School and
Southland Girls' High School are
combining to produce Chess the
Musical next month.
The July 2 to 4 show, based
around a love triangle during the
Cold War, revolves around a chess
competition between an Amer-
ican and a Russian.
The Tim Rice, Benny Andersson
and Bjorn Ulvaeus-written stage
show has been months in the
making for the high school
students as they prepare to take to
Rehearsals for the cast of 56 pupils
are in full swing, with practices
several times a week and a few
late nights expected to ensure the
high energy musical comes
Lead male Sam Smith, 17, who
plays Anatoly, said it had been a
lot of work but the show was
''It's been full on, it is a lot of
music, about 43 songs.''
Female lead Danii De Spong, 16,
who plays Florence, agreed, and
said there was a fair amount of
practice being done at home
dancing around the house.
There were elements of Abba
music throughout the show and
you could not help but sing along
to the tunes, the aspiring thespian
Southland Girls' High School
head of performing arts teacher
Sarah Rae said the musical would
be an entertaining night.
The whole school community had
got behind them, with about 25
teachers helping out with the
production and a theatre tech-
nician class assisting as well.
They were hoping to see a full
house for all three nights of the
show to ensure they covered their
costs, but believed it was achiev-
able with such a great show.
''It's pretty hard not to tap your
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Art experience: Winton School students Damien Axtens and Kendra
Wadsworth proudly display their works in front of a piece by Aurora College
student Dylan Frew at an exhibition at The Bank Art Gallery in Invercargill. The
exhibition celebrates the first birthday of the Children's Art Experience!
Photo: MARY WITSEY
Art makes a difference
By MARY WITSEY
A Southland charitable trust, set
up to promote art for children, is
celebrating its first year.
Hundreds of children have been
involved in the Children's Art
Experience! programme and foun-
der and director Spring Ursula
Thomas said the project had been
a huge success.
''We have been embraced by the
''We've been funded more than
$100,000. We've had contributions
in kind from the community,
there have been partnerships, and
it's just amazing.
Funding had come from many
groups, including the ILT Foun-
dation, the Invercargill Licensing
Trust and the Community Trust
of Southland, she said.
''The support and the contribu-
tions have given us such a strong
vote of confidence.''
A children's art for peace
exhibition, linked to the one-year
celebrations, involved students
from Winton Primary School and
Winton School teacher Julie
Mynes said it had been an
extremely positive experience for
''They're so extremely proud of
themselves and what they've
achieved, knowing that they could
make a difference and achieve
change through art.''
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