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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 12 2016
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 12, 2016 — 9 HOWICK HISTORICAL VILLAGE JH10726-V5 Howick Historical Village, Cnr Bells Rd & Lady Marie Dr, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. Ph 576 9506. Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.fencible.org.nz Follow us on Facebook The Howick Historical Village reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice. Admission fee applies. Free parking. Cafe on site. Gifts & souvenir shop. Open 10am-4pm. LIVE DAY A Mother’s Tale Today is dedicated to all our wonderful mothers so bring your mum along and spend the day iin the beautiful surrounds of the historical village. A special Victorian high tea held in Puhi Nui Homestead will be a treat for any mum. Pre-bookings required for the Victorian high tea, as there are limited spaces, see our website. Where the village comes to life with costumed characters May 15 – 10am-4pm 115 Harris Road, East Tamaki. 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To enter write your name, address and daytime contact phone number on the back of an envelope and post to Times Newspapers, PO Box 259 243, Botany, Auckland 2163, or enter online at www.times.co.nz. Entries close on June 12 and prize must be collected from Times Newspapers, Level 1, The Lane, Botany Town Centre, Chapel Rd, Auckland. WIN! His & Hers Times Book Prize Pack times.co.nz | facebook.co.nz/TimesOnlineNZ | Tel 271 8000 ■■ By Marianne Kelly Snippets of life in a contemporary setting will be canvassed in Botany Downs Secondary College production of a contemporary play Love and Information. Director Jacqui Hood took on the challenging job of spreading 100 different characters between 17 performers over more than 56 scenes. Working from the author’s blueprint, Ms Hood has worked on the context of seven sections where the scenes can be played in any order and the other optional scenes which can be random and as few as three or four lines. “In pre-planning I considered the text and the characters and then looked at the cast,” she says. “ The themes are extremely relevant, about how we deal with each other in relationships, in love and loss and in everyday situations. “Some scenes are only four lines long, for example a doctor telling someone they are about to die and what relationships come out of that,” she says. “Depression scenes are an essential part of the play; aspects of human experience. We are not always on top of the world so the play looks at how we respond to that.” Students playing the myriad of parts say they are enjoying building connections with each other, trying to make sure the characters are different. The girls in the play say they are challenged by playing older women and traits which are more subtle; having to take on the gestures and mannerisms they have seen in older people. Younger people, they say, express things quickly, screaming and shouting a lot, compared with older people where a build- up is more subtle, refined and more body language is used. They say they have also learned how it is important to have a relationship with other cast members rather than being on the stage for themselves. In this play, they say, it is important to make everyone else look good. With most scenes one on one, they say they’ve learned to appreciate the importance of projecting their voices and acting realistically. It’s extended their acting skills. DraMa Modern life issues Botany Downs Secondary College students will share 100 characters over more than 56 scenes in their next drama production. Times photo Marianne Kelly More info Love and Information will be performed at 7.30pm on May 25-27 at Botany Downs Secondary College Performing Arts Centre, Chapel Road, Botany. Doors open at 7pm with drinks and refreshments sold before the play. Tickets cost $15. Christmas Eve 2013, a perfect time to have a kip in Leone and Rob’s trailer boat parked out the front. But whoa, it feels like I’m on the move. Got to get out of here. Good, it’s stopped. I’m out. Boy the boats down here are big and flash. A nice man has taken me home to Takutai Avenue, but three day’s rest is enough. I’m off again. January 2014 has arrived but I don’t know that Leone and Rob are walking the streets looking for me. Might as well make myself at home down here at the marina. Here’s dinner all laid on by Sue and the kind people of the Cat Coalition. And there’s a motel. Contrary to popular belief I don’t belong to the motel. But if I sit on the bench in front I might be offered the occasional bed. But how about all these nice people who want to look after me and bring me food – among the many, Rose, Andrew, Murray, Rory, Christine, Glen who brings me dental biscuits, Maria, Sandy and Clive. Rose knows what I like, bringing me Whiskers cat treats and I’m happy to oblige with lots of purring, kisses and head butting. She’s right, I am a loving puss. A Canadian man who’s repairing his boat stops to stroke me each morning which makes me purr loudly because it feels so heavenly. Now where’s she taking me? To the vet, but no I am not micro- chipped. Time cruises by and I seem to have been adopted as the marina cat. Logan, who has worked here for four years, is very kind and he’s nick-named me Alex, which is fine by me for the moment. Cynthia has volunteered to pay for flyers to find Leone and Rob. But it’s April 10, 2016 and Leone spots me. She comes back with the cat cage to find 10 people waiting with me. I’m home in Waller Avenue but it’s all strange so I’ll sneak under the barbecue. The back section is deserted so I’ll hide down there. They’ve brought me up to the garage for a couple of nights but I’m glad Leone and Rob are letting me do my own thing. What’s that flash of light? It’s all come back to me. My name really is Shandy. Quick let’s get up the stairs and jump on Leone’s lap. What’s this, a new loo? But Leone has left the lid up because she knows I like to drink from the toilet. I’m back sleeping on the bed between Leone and Rob. This beats the marina, but I’ve left so many friends behind. Rose used to tell people: “If you are feeling blue or neglected, just go down to sit with the cat at the marina and you will come back feeling better.” People, she says, were attracted to my strong will and ability to take care of myself and others. She’s right. I’m proud of my loving and comforting nature. It was only right that I should spread the love and look how many people have come to know each other as a result. Moggy Mystery A cat of the people Shandy went missing over two years ago, became a much- loved moggy, capturing the hearts of the people who looked out for him until he was reunited with his owners. Shandy tells Marianne Kelly his story.
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