Sunday, 16 December 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

En Pointe Dance Studio presents Hansel and Gretel

This coming weekend, En Pointe Dance Studio of Whitianga will once again wow the Mercury Bay community with their yearly dance show. On Saturday 8 December at 4:00pm and Sunday 9 December at 2:00pm approximately 140 students will take the stage in The Whitianga Town Hall to perform everyone’s favourite fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.

Following the end of dance exams in mid-September, En Pointe’s attention turned to show preparation, with the students given 10 weeks to learn their roles. This is the 11th year En Pointe owner and dance teacher, Lisa Gifford, has been creating and directing a dance show, with each performance treating audiences to a delightful blend of fantastical fun. Lisa strives to find ways to improve on each show. “The idea for a show is always a challenge and I’m glad when I can make it happen,” she says.

The dancers range in age from pre-schoolers though to teenagers, the youngest Lisa’s own one-year-old daughter, Blake, who has been practicing daily. Hansel and Gretel will be played by nine-year-old Tahlia Osborne and eight- year-old Lucy Hill. The witch will be portrayed by experienced 17-year-old Michaela Duerre, who has been a dance student of Lisa’s for an amazing 11 years now. A slight twist to the tale will see additional well-known storybook characters introduced. Other lead roles include Cara Bosman as Little Miss Muffet, Isabel Lunn as Mary Quite Contrary and Gracey Robbins as Little Boy Blue.

With such a large number of dancers, many costumes are needed. The audiences can expect these to be a visual highlight of the show, there will be no shortage of colourful glitz and glamour. Some have been recycled and altered from previous years, others have been brought in from America and several costumes have been handmade by Lisa’s mother, Cathy Gifford, or parents of the students. The students were also excited to receive custom made Hansel and Gretel t-shirts in anticipation of the upcoming performance.

The show will run for approximately 2 hours, with an intermission. During the intermission time sweet treats will be available, including stunning cupcakes handmade by Clair Bainbridge, the En Pointe studio manager. Photographer Debbie Lim will be taking action shots of the performance.

Tickets to the show can be purchased from En Pointe Dance Studio in Albert Street at $18 for an adult, $12 for a child and $55 for a family. There will also be door sales on the day.

If you’re wondering what to do this coming weekend or looking for some enjoyable entertainment, make sure you come along and support the En Pointe students. You’re guaranteed to come away with a nostalgic smile.  

Hansel and Gretel will whisk you back to your childhood. Witches and gingerbread houses, along with brilliant dancing, what more could you want?

Pictured are Lucy Hill (on the left), Michaela Duerre and Tahlia Osborne during En Pointe Dance Studio’s dress rehearsal of Hansel and Gretel on Saturday last week.

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