Glee Club supports ex-member

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 09:18 04/07/2014
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GLEEFUL GIVING: The Timaru Glee Club has given past member Lochie Basford, centre, $500 towards his trip overseas to attend an acting workshop at the Globe Theatre in London.

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The Timaru Glee Club is giving back, helping a former member get to the performance of his life.

Three weeks ago, 18-year-old Lochie Basford found out he had gained a spot to attend a Shakespearean acting workshop at the Globe Theatre in London.

Originally he was not in the 24 selected from the National Shakespeare Schools Production, but after one person dropped out, Lochie was in. That meant he had three weeks to prepare and raise $6000.

His friends at the Glee Club decided to help out and surprised him with the presentation of a giant cheque for $500.

Heads of the club Bailey Dunnage and Bry Rooney said he was a committed Glee member for two years and they wanted to give back.

The club raised the money through gigs and performances and got the cheque made for them for free by All About Signs.

Lochie, who leaves Timaru today, said he was completely surprised by the donation, which left him $500 shy of the total needed.

"This has made my week. I was completely surprised, it was great." He said he looked forward to reuniting with the people he met through the National Shakespeare Schools Production, working with top theatre directors and his stopover in Hong Kong.

The three weeks of workshops end with performances at the Globe Theatre in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

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- The Timaru Herald

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