Howick and Pakuranga Times on Thursday, 14 December 2006

MAGICAL toys come to life in Howick Dance Studio’s end of year show The Fairy Doll this weekend.

The mini ballet will see nine senior dance students take to the stage in various doll costumes.

“It’s a story about a toyshop and a lady who comes in to buy a present for Christmas,” says studio principal Sharon Barber. “The cast are dressed up as dolls. We’ve got a teddy bear, Chinese doll, Spanish doll, harlequin doll and the fairy doll is the one she wants to buy.”

Magic and wonder begins when the store closes at day’s end.

“When everyone goes home all the dolls come to life and have a party,” says Ms Barber. “The toy shop owner comes back in the morning and wonders what’s going on.”

Ms Barber says the show will be particularly entertaining for young children.
“The cast range between 14 and 17,” says Ms Barber.

“We have a lot of aspiring dancers coming to see the shows and they want to see what the big girls are doing. They watch with adulation.”

For many of the dancers it will be their last time performing with the studio.
“Some of those girls I’ve been teaching since they were three.

“For some of them this is the last year I will have them because they’re 17,” says Ms Barber.

“It’s awful having to say goodbye, and that’s why many of them come back and choreograph.”

The show will generate much-needed funds for improvements at the studio.

“This year we’re raising money because we’ve build a mezzanine floor for our costumes, but we can see them all so we want to get some curtains to cover them,” says Ms Barber.

Photo: Jenny Spellman (front), Georgia Wansink, Laura Wansink, Jordan Cole, Samantha Tan, Kirstyn Easthorpe and Breeanna Potter bring toys to life in the new Howick Dance Studio show The Fairy Doll. Times photo Michelle Hyslop.


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