Young space travellers a hit
A new live show from Richmond's Henley School has taken audiences on a journey through the universe.
Last night, the school presented Out of this World, an original production set in outer space.
The story follows three children who accidentally find themselves launched into space and then travel around the universe.
They find themselves on strange and wonderful planets, encounter characters like Luke Skywalker and Megatron and eventually manage to find their way home.
Both performances sold out, with about 1200 people turning out to see the children go on their fantastic voyage.
Director Leeanne Kyle, who also wrote the play, said the performances had been fantastic and she hoped the audience had been inspired to find their own strengths.
About 580 children were involved in the production, from backstage helpers to actors to the chorus.
She said the children had been great to work with and praised the quality of dance from choreographer Charlotte Heyward.
Principal John Armstrong said the show was a great way of showcasing dance, music and drama, topics which were equally as important as literacy and numeracy. "We have got to keep that side of education very much alive."
The Nelson Mail