Playwrights headed for Auckland

17:25, Nov 13 2012
Grace Williams
Stardom: Grace Williams, left, Caitlyn Woodley, Sammy Jarvis, Chloe Crawford, Emma Gardiner and Morgan Gurr of Bohally Intermediate School rehearse Mary’s Christmas Yarn, which they are taking to Auckland after winning the ChildFund New Zealand Pens Against Poverty.

The work of six pupils from Bohally Intermediate School, in Blenheim, will play out on stage in Auckland at the beginning of next month.

It will feature two of the girls plus a star-studded cast including Hobbit actor Mark Hadlow.

Year 8 pupils Sammy Jarvis, Morgan Gurr, Emma Gardiner, Chloe Crawford, Caitlyn Woodley and Grace Williams won the ChildFund New Zealand "Pens Against Poverty" national play-writing competition in August with their adaptation of the contemporary Kiwi Christmas tale, Mary's Christmas Yarn.

Year 7 Bohally Intermediate teacher and writing extension programme co-ordinator Rachael Moran said everyone was getting excited about the trip - so much so that about 20 family members were flying up to watch the performance.

A tour of the Shortland Street set, the Mary Poppins musical and visits to the Auckland Zoo, museum and gallery featured among their three-day itinerary, she said.

They had almost reached their $5000 fundraiser target for the trip through selling candyfloss and holding a quiz night.


Miss Moran and her pupils fly to Auckland on December 1.

Morgan and Caitlyn, who successfully auditioned for the part of Mary in the gala premiere of the play, co-star alongside Kiwi actors from the likes of Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune and Sione's Wedding at St Matthew in the City in Auckland on December 3.

Director Alison Quigan said the performance would also feature television news presenters.

Tickets to the play are available for sale from Ticket Direct ( or 0800 224 224). All proceeds go to ChildFund New Zealand's Christmas Gifts that Grow, for providing sustainable Christmas presents to poverty-stricken families in the developing world.

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