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Children’s Theatre is a winner

Wednesday July 24 2019

Full houses for Manawatū Youth Theatre's latest production are a testament to the popularity of children's theatre.

Photo shows children in the cast of Alice in Wonderland Junior performing on stage.

The young cast of Alice in Wonderland Junior rehearsed three days a week for eleven weeks.

Show producer and director Graham Johnston explains why he established the Manawatū Youth Theatre.

“I wanted to get kids on to the stage... and not have their families burdened with costs, which can exclude some from taking part.”

His other goal was to produce a show with a low ticket price, to make it accessible to families with young children. “This is really important to me. It’s great to make a habit of attending theatre at a young age.”

Palmerston North’s Creative Communities Scheme granted the production $3,000.

The scheme helps events grow long-term, says Johnston, who intends the theatre to be self-sustaining in the future.

"The funding allowed us to meet the early production costs, such as buying costumes, hiring equipment and holding auditions.

"I highly recommend anyone with a creative idea considers applying to assist them with getting things started.”

Next funding round opens 1 August

“We want to support projects and activities that celebrate our culture, our communities, and our diversity," says Debbie Duncan, PNCC General Manager – Community.

"Anyone with an idea to contribute to Palmy's thriving arts and cultural scene should consider applying."

For more information about the scheme and to apply, see Creative Communities Scheme.