Limelight shines on backstage experts

04:58, Nov 24 2012
Rotary awards
From left, Civic Theatre Technicians Garnet Ashbrook and John Hodges receive their Pride of Workmanship Awards from Invercargill Rotary Club Members Richard King and President Jon Turnbull.

Two Civic Theatre technicians have been recognised for their behind-the-scenes work at many shows in Invercargill over the years.

Garnet Ashbrook and John Hodges received a Pride of Workmanship Award from the Invercargill Rotary Club at the Kelvin Hotel on Tuesday.

Ashbrook and Hodges, who were nominated as a team, received the award for their technical skills and expertise behind many shows enjoyed at the Civic Theatre such as the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Pink Floyd.

The pair lived and breathed the theatre and worked long hours, doing tasks such as preparing the theatre and helping performers and roadies.

Haylee Officer, a graphic designer at Allan Derrick Advertising and Design, and Alice Henderson, a Southland Girls' High School hostel staff member, also received the award.

Ms Henderson had run the Southland Girls' High School canteen, the Enwood House kitchen and provided meals for the elderly at Clare House.

Ms Officer had completed a three-year bachelor of computer graphic design and was described as a mature-minded, intelligent young woman with great potential. She had also competed nationally and internationally in trampolining.

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