Do you recall reading children’s stories called ‘The Happy Prince’ or ‘The Selfish Giant’?.
Oscar Wilde wrote them. He also wrote ‘Star Child’ which will be the first production for Greytown Little Theatre (GLT) in 2018. A perfect production for young children to see.
‘Star Child’ has been adapted as a theatre play for children. It has many animal characters as well as humans. These include a wolf, a bat, a hen, a chicken, a cat, a mouse, a dog, an eagle and a kiwi. The story starts when two poor woodsmen find a baby who has dropped from the sky.
The Director for the play, Patrick Craddock, says that the play will be produced as a shadow theatre play with actors playing all the parts.
“We are creating a giant shadow screen, almost as big as the stage and the actors will be behind the screen acting their parts. We will bring different colours onto the screen as well as the normal black and white shadows created by shadow theatre. Trying new ideas in theatre is always exciting.”
The Director says a number of young people from Kuranui College will be taking part in the play and will also be helping backstage with set, costumes, lighting and sound.
“This is a first for our little theatre in Greytown. We are hoping for a good turnout of young and older people to see the play. Tickets cost $10, no matter what age you are and we have set the performance times to fit in with the needs of children.”
‘Star Child’ – a play for children
Wednesday 31 January – Friday 2 February at 6.30pm
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 February at 2.00pm
Tickets can be purchased from The Greytown Hotel 06 304 9138