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Pirate Kai

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When:

  • Mon 28 Nov ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Tue 29 Nov ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Wed 30 Nov ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Thu 1 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Fri 2 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Sat 3 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Sun 4 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Mon 5 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Tue 6 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Wed 7 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Thu 8 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Fri 9 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 1:00pm
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Where:

Keirunga Gardens, Pufflett Road, Havelock North

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Child: $6.00
  • Teachers and supervising adults: $0.00

"Pirates and Healthy Food". Believe it or not, these two actually go together in Keirunga Homestead Theatre's newest production 'Pirate Kai' designed specifically for audiences aged 4 - 8 years, with quite a lot of fun thrown in for the adults! The production is to be directed by NZ born Brisbane resident Tim Mullooly who has 30 years experience in writing, performing and directing educational theatre. Tim was a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2004. The award enabled Tim to study the provision of theatre for young people in Europe and North America and he represented Australia at the ASSITEJ Germany International Directors Seminar in Dusseldorf in 2007.

Producer Juliet Cottrell, drama teacher and educational theatre writer and performer, has worked with Tim on a variety of large and small scale educational theatre projects. "We are thrilled that Tim has agreed to direct. He was one of the original actors in the show when it toured extensively in the '90s and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience".

Actors Simon Browne from Hawkes Bay and Kevin Keys from Auckland will play brothers Stew and Noodles, who live on the mudflats. Stew is content to tend to his cabbages but Noodles has other plans and his chance comes when a pirate ship strays into the bay.

6 year old Noodles loves to dress up and pretend, in fact he is so good at imagining and pretending that he is mistaken for his Grandmother, Sal Magundi, the famous pirate captain. Flint and Flash, portrayed by puppets, are Sal Magundi's crew, desperate for some decent food as Sal was not only a fine captain but a fine cook as well. The adventure has only just begun!

Cottrell, studying her masters in drama education and applied theatre is passionate about producing good theatre for children. "It is really important that young children get to experience quality theatre at a young age. Theatre for this age should not be patronising, like a pantomime often is, with predictable puns and a shallow storyline, but should engage with a good story, great characters, themes that are easily identifiable, great music and should reflect the children's own idea of imaginative play. Pirate Kai was written with these important values in mind".

"The young 'Pirate Kai' audience will identify with the sibling rivalry, fussy eating and desire for junk food and so will the adults! This production will support a unit of work on healthy food or pirates and there are plenty of opportunities for literacy, drama, technology and visual art classroom activities".

KHT have chosen the end of the school year (avoiding the last week of school) specifically so that schools and kindergartens have an alternative for the end of year treat. Barbara Daniel, president of the Keirunga Gardens Art and Craft Society is fully supportive of the project and very happy to have young people in using the facilities. "They can come to Keirunga gardens, have a picnic, a play in the playground and watch a great performance in the Nelson Theatre - a lovely intimate space, perfect for this kind of show".

Family show - Sat 3 December 5pm, BBQ, drinks for sale, games for the kids and prizes for the best dressed pirates!

Tickets are just $6 child, adults are free but there is limited space.
Two shows daily 10am - 1pm Mon November.

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