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W: www.jhf.co.nz T: 0800 999 543 127026-V11 ■■ By Marianne Kelly Aclassic fairy story is described as “a beautiful story of friendship” by Kate Shaw who will direct the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre’s next production. Charlotte’s Web has a cast of 31 young people aged from nine to 14. It’s based on the children’s novel in which Joseph Robinette collaborated with the author E.B. White on the authorized stage version. It tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with Charlotte, the barn spider. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live. Fourteen-year-old Pakuranga College student, Brianna Pearce plays Charlotte who she describes as helpful and always keeps the situation calm. “I like helping people and this is a nice role to play,” she says. “I have to be calm and peaceful”. Meanwhile the rambunctious pig Wilbur is the runt of his litter and he’s often strongly emotional. Owairoa Primary student, Shayna Eksteen, 10, plays Wilbur and says he’s a character. “I like the character all round,” she says. “He’s funny. I have to do quirky animated things. It’s not an easy part but also not hard, I find it comes naturally.” Fern Arable, the farmer John’s daughter, is played by Somerville Intermediate student, Charlotte Wellm, 11. Fern adopts Wilbur in his infancy and later visits him, trying to save him from being eaten. “It’s a good fun role,” Charlotte says. “I have enjoyed it.” Ms Shaw says the cast is delightful to work with. “It’s lovely to see their progress and character development.” ■➤ The Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web at 7.30pm onJuly7and8and1pm and4pmonJuly9and10 at Harlequin Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick. Phone 537-4943. TheaTre Heart-warming production Key characters in Charlotte’s Web, from left Charlotte Wellm playing Fern, Shayna Eksteen playing Wilbur, and Brianna Pearce playing Charlotte. Times photo Wayne Martin aniMal ManageMenT Dog amnesty a success With less than two weeks left to run, Auckland Council’s menacing dogs amnesty is being described as “the most successful ever undertaken in Auckland”, with 676 dogs already signed up by 610 owners. Owners of unregistered dogs classified under the Dog Control Act 1996 as “menacing” qualify for the amnesty, which offers a waiver of fines, free registration for 2016/2017, de-sexing, microchipping and a muzzle for $25. The Auckland-wide amnesty expires on June 30 and animal control officers will begin seizing unregistered menacing dogs from July 1. Auckland councillor Calum Penrose, who chairs the council’s bylaws and regulatory committee, says the council is serious about reducing dog-related harm in the city. “We’ve had a fantastic response so far to our very generous amnesty and I urge dog owners to sign up now because we will not be extending it or offering it again.” Geoff Keber, Animal Management manager says as long as the owners have registered for the amnesty, they will still be covered, even if the de-sexing operations are carried out after June 30. More information about the Menacing Dogs Amnesty is available by phoning Auckland Council on 0800- 462-685.
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