Community effort ensures it's showtime

SARAH MCCARTHY
Last updated 05:00 21/05/2014
Verdon College students
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KEEPING IN JUNE: Verdon College students, from left, Teresa Hardegger, 18, Eli Winders, 13, Harry Townley, 15, and Amber Nivien, 11, during rehearsals for fThe Sound Of Music at Centre Stage Theatre yesterday.

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The halls have been alive with the sound of music at Verdon College for the past few months as the school readies itself for its season of The Sound of Music.

The show will be performed at SIT Centrestage this week.

Assistant director Catherine Fabre said about 50 students were involved onstage, back-stage, technically or in the band.

"They get a taste of what real theatre is like. Schools don't often have those facilities these days."

None of it would happen without the immense support the school received from the community, she said.

The Invercargill Repertory Society, parents and members of the public roped in to help were all crucial.

Productions were an important part of the school year because it meant students from across the school mixed together, she said.

Director Jan Brown, a parent and supporter of musical theatre in the city, said the show was also important to students because it took them out of their comfort zone.

Verdon College's production of The Sound of Music opens on Wednesday night and runs until Sunday, with evening performances all week and two matinees during the weekend.

Tickets are available from TicketDirect and from the door, Fabre said.

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