Kapiti Observer : May 23rd 2011
19 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 23, 2011 People's poet at Lembas New Zealand's first poet laureate Bill Manhire is guest poet at Sunday's Poets to the People this weekend. Organiser Gill Ward said it would be exciting to have Manhire share his poetry. He was a guest over four years ago when we first started the Lembas [Cafe] readings. He is a very busy person but generous and gracious with his time so we are delighted to have him with us for a second visit.'' Manhire directs the creative writing programme at Victoria University. His latest book of poetry is The Victims of Lightning, while his edited collection The Best of Best New Zealand Poems is being released this month. He was the first New Zealand Poet Laureate from 1996 to 1997, received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate award in 2005, and in 2007 the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry. This is just a tiny indication of his contribution to New Zealand literature and the generosity and commitment of his talent to teach, nurture and encourage other New Zealanders in their quest to become creative writers,'' Mrs Ward said. Anyone wishing to take part in the open mic session should arrive early. Sunday, 4pm till 6pm, Lembas Cafe, Raumati South, $5. Boys have the right moves Maui story told in dance Lift off: Desert dancer Grace Olliver provides lift off for Chris Mills, who plays Maui, during a Stage Challenge practice. By TASHA BLACK The boys are stealing the show this year in Kapiti College's Stage Challenge production. The show has five male lead roles which dance teacher Leonie Orsborn said is so unusual Stage Challenge organisers have fea- tured them in their programme, to be sold around the country. Ms Orsborn said Stage Challenge organisers were also likely to film the school rehearsing on Thursday at Wellington's TSB Arena, to be shown on television later in the year. Boy, She's a Good Catch is a contemporary take on the Maori myth of Maui and the sun. The story follows Boy, the lead character from the hit New Zealand film of the same name, who, through traditional Maori dance, combined with contemporary styles and New Zealand music, tells his mates his humorous version of how Maui and his brothers slowed down the sun. Ms Orsborn said the students did not set out to have male leads, it was decided after the production's theme was chosen. Then it was like oh, Maui plus four brothers. Initially we were wondering do we let girls play the roles of boys or what.'' In the end one female auditioned for a male part, but all males were selected. There's quite a few boys who can dance in this school, most of them are all from a hip-hop background admittedly.'' Chris Mills, who plays Maui, has been danc- ing for the last three years and said he thinks males are finding it more acceptable to dance and it was no longer just for girls. It's been really good to share my passion with the other guys who are quite new to dance, being able to help them out and see them enjoy it and get something out of it.'' Kapiti College is the only Kapiti high school entering the competition this year, and will be up against 19 other Wellington schools during the two-day competition. Ariana Te Rangiita, 17, is a warrior in the show, and said this year's production is a lot better than last year's. She praised Ms Orsborn for making sure everyone turns up to rehearsals. Schools choose their own theme and have to fit their performance into less than eight minutes, with Kapiti College cutting it fine at seven minutes and 54 seconds. Ms Orsborn said the students wanted to fea- ture New Zealand music and have included songs from Shapeshifter and Tiki Taane. It is a student-driven production with back- drops painted mostly by year 11 student Raewyn Simmonds and 33 costumes mostly designed and made by student Fernando Suen.
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