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2 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, September 30, 2013 www.times.co.nz Howick Funeral Home CHAPEL • RECEPTION LOUNGE • OFFICE For personal, professional service to all districts at all hours 117937-V3 35 Wellington St Howick Ph 534 7300 Vernon Warren M.B.I.E., N.Z.E.A. Michael Rowe C.A. Please remember to vote Katrina Bungard, delivering a fresh Vision & Voice for our community. I have extensive qualifications and experience. I am dedicated and hard working. I have the time required to serve the Board effectively; and I will be the strong voice needed on our Board to better serve you and your family in Pakuranga CONTACT ANYTIME Phone: 021 022 37626 Email: email@example.com Post to: PO Box 251562 Pakuranga 2140 Web: www.katrinabungard.co.nz VOTE Katrina Bungard BFA, BA, BTchng, PGdip, DipGrad YOUR VISION & VOICE TEAM MEMBERS IN PAKURANGA COMMIT TO: Actively campaigning for lower rates and spending accountability Progressing rejuvenation and improvements to our Pakuranga Town Centre Constructing a Half Moon Bay Ferry terminal Redevelopment of Highland Park Library and community space Authorised by D Collings, 15 Wilbur Pl, Pakuranga. 027 576 2350. ‘It’s time for a fresh change’ 123912 By CHRIS HARROWELL TEEN actress Kate Shaw is looking forward to taking on the weightiest role of her theatrical career. The 16-year-old Macleans College pupil is playing the title character in the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre (HCYT) stage production of the play Mabel. The show features a cast of 10 young actors and actresses and is staged at Harlequin Musical Theatre in Howick this week, from October 3-6. The play is written by Camp- bell Smith and directed by Fiona Bailey. Mabel is named for New Zea- land’s frst woman Cabinet Min- ister, Mabel Howard. Ms Howard represented the Labour Party as a Member of Parliament for Christchurch East from 1943-1969, becoming Minister of Health as well as Minister in charge of Child Wel- fare in 1947. Ms Howard, also a prominent trade unionist, passed away in 1972. She’s famously remembered for holding up two pairs of wom- en’s bloomers in Parliament while campaigning in 1954 for the sizing of ladies’ clothing to be standardised. “I thought it seemed like an interesting play,” says Kate. “It’s got a small cast that’s fun to work with and we have three different actresses playing Mabel. “I fnd her quite a fun person to play. “She’s a strong character and I enjoy playing people with strong personality traits. “I like how she sticks up for what she believes in and really knows herself.” Taking the stage alongside Kate is 16-year-old actor Alex Sutton. The Ormiston Senior College pupil plays Ms Howard’s father, Ted Howard. “Ted is the reason Mabel got into politics,” says Alex. “She saw the impact her father had on their community in Christchurch and how he had dedicated himself to politics. “Ted has moments where he’s quite strong, like his daughter, but she bullies him into doing different things.” Mrs Bailey chose to stage the play as it’s a “wonderful piece of historical theatre” with good roles for actresses. “The cast has learned a lot and beneftted from being exposed to some of New Zealand’s political history,” she says. “Many of them searched the internet to gather background information about the time and characters to help them give accurate performances. “This play has a lot of comedy and high emotion.” The play portrays Ms Howard at three different stages of her life, as a young woman, middle- aged and elderly. “The challenge has been to cre- ate a likeness between the three Mabels and differences in char- acterisation for the actresses,” says Mrs Bailey. Howick Children’s and Youth ■ Theatre’s production of the play Mabel is staged from October 3-6 at Harlequin Musical Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road. Shows are at 7.30pm on Octo- ber 3-5 and 6.30pm on October 6. Tickets cost $8. To book, phone 537-4943, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. CORRIDORS OF POWER: Young actress Kate Shaw, left, stars alongside actor Alex Sutton in a play examining the life of New Zealand's first woman Cabinet Minister, Mabel Howard. Times photo Wayne Martin MABEL HOWARD Photo supplied Portraying pioneer's public life GARDEN-NZ.CO.NZ Garden SHOP ONLINE FOR PLANTS & PRODUCTS Visit New Zealand's BEST GARDENING WEBSITE... News, Events, Tips & Tricks, Recipes. Plants & Products, Competitions, and more...
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