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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, March 20, 2014 — 3 124032 By Marianne Kelly PEOPLE with emerging the- atrical talent are getting the opportunity to showcase their work as part of a new initiative in- troduced by Howick Little Thea- tre (HLT). The HLT Studio aims to encour- age new and returning actors, new directors, writers and designers, to experience community theatre in an environment tailored to nur- ture budding talent. It includes all facets of theatre such as directing, acting, design, sets, sound and lighting. Three shows will be slotted between HLT’s main productions. The first one, An Unseasonable Fall of Snow opens on March 26 and is staged as part of the Arts Festival Out East creative project, pub- licly funded by the Howick Local Board. The production is also the cen- trepiece of HLT’s diamond jubilee celebrations. HLT president Rae McGregor says it has been producing high- quality, entertaining, accessible and enriching theatre for 60 years, as well as creating an environment that “encourages and recognises the artist in each of us”. “Throughout its history, How- ick Little Theatre has been a com- mitted champion of New Zealand theatre, premiering a number of local productions and nurturing our native talent,” she says. “We wanted to mark this special year by introducing the HLT Stu- dio, which aims to bring new talent to community theatres as well as persuade old friends to come back, by getting involved in shorter and less-demanding productions.” HLT artistic director Alison Mudford says the five main pro- ductions staged annually are some of the best and most professional community theatre experiences in New Zealand. “In 60 years the theatre has evolved to become one of Auck- land’s best-known and most respected community theatres. “The HLT Studio is designed to be a less intimidating, more intimate, but no less professional introduction to theatre. “We’re thrilled that Terry Hooper and Nick Martin brought the concept to us and have volun- teered to bring it into being.” Mr Hooper says the concept for the HLT Studio came together because of a realisation that there was a gap between the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre and HLT’s main-stage productions. “We thought the HLT Studio would give us the opportunity to present more modern, riskier material that would appeal to an edgier audience,” he says. “The fourth annual HLT show is usually slightly edgier and we have been seeing good audiences for it. But we do not want to ostracise our usual clientele. “This is a way of presenting mod- ern pieces that don’t need a big set but with more of studio theme. “Quite a few new people came out of my directing course and I could see we could put on a show for them. We also see a lot of talent coming out of the schools, such as Pakuranga and Botany Downs Sec- ondary Colleges, and I’d like us to push it further. “I’m a great believer that if a the- atre is dark, its energy is dying. But if we keep the lights going and the building in use it’s a positive thing for the theatre.” Mr Hooper is producing An Unseasonable Fall of Snow. The thought-provoking thriller, involv- ing a bewildered young man under ruthless interrogation, is written by New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson. Mr Hooper says: “I love his writ- ing and have a great love of Kiwi writing. We need to support Kiwi writers and put their stories on the stage.” The play is directed by Simon Shreeve and features David Cap- stick as the interrogator Arthur and Anthony Zhou as the bewil- dered young man, Liam. An Unseasonable Fall of Snow ■■ runs at 8pm on March 26-29, with a 2pm matinee on March 29. To book tickets, phone HLT on 534-1406, or email info@hlt. org.nz. They cost $18 adults, $15 concession, and $15 for people in groups of six or more. Door sales will also be available. Studio to develop talent EDGY THEME: David Capstick, left, plays the interrogator Arthur in An Unseasonable Fall of Snow, while Anthony Zhou is Liam, the interrogated. Photo supplied Jewels worth $400K taken By Chris harrowell POLICE are appealing to the public for information on the identities of burglars who stole about $400,000 of high-end jewellery from an East Auckland store. The suspects broke into Timmermans Jewellers at Botany Town Centre between 12.07-12.30am on March 3. The burglary is being investigated by Counties Manukau East Police’s tactical crime reduction unit. Police constable Lauren Harding- Parkins says taken during the jewellery store raid were about 215 expensive wristwatches, including Swiss brands Tag Heuer, Longines and Montblanc. Stolen also were large quantities of bracelets, chains, bangles, pendants and pearl earrings. The thieves targeted Dora wedding rings, Peter W. Beck diamond wedding rings, and Montblanc pens. “The thieves gained entry to Botany Town Centre and then Timmermans Jewellers, which was alarmed,” Ms Harding-Parkins told the Times. “They spent several minutes inside the store taking as much as possible. The offenders left the store, heading toward the escalator by the town centre’s information counter. They went up the escalator and smashed the glass double doors leading onto the rooftop car park.” Ms Harding-Parkins says it’s unknown if an accomplice was waiting for the thieves in a motor vehicle. “It was a well-planned and executed burglary. We’re investigating all avenues relating to this crime and examining Botany Town Centre’s security camera footage.” People with information on the theft of about $400,000 of jewellery from Timmermans Jewellers at Botany Town Centre, between 12.07-12.30am on March 3, can phone police constable Lauren Harding-Parkins on 250-2867 or 021- 191-0744, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800-555- 111. People who have been offered high- end jewellery for sale that they suspect may be stolen should also phone police.
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