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Fresh Faces at Rep

Rep Talk by Nadine Rayner

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An injection of youthful talent is enlivening rehearsals of Roger Hall’s ‘Red Riding Hood’. Several of the cast are Wanganui High School students who’re breathing fresh life onto the stage.

Two of these young adults are Konrad Shaw and Brylee Noble who play the duo of Boris and Morris, zookeepers, Ches and Dale and other parts where they ‘help’ Lance the man from DOC. Both Brylee and Konrad demonstrate easy versatility as they transition from one part to another.

Four years ago Konrad’s Nana, a former Golden Girl, noticed an advertisement for auditions at Repertory Theatre for ‘A Christmas Carol’ and encouraged Konrad to audition. ‘Nana thought I’d be good,’ says Konrad. He was good and he won the role of Tiny Tim.

Since then this young man has played ‘Ferret’ in ‘The Wind in the Willows’, ‘Ivor’ in Repertory’s 1915 production of ‘The Doll’s House’ and Demetrius in ‘A Midsummer’s Dream’, a Wanganui High School production.

Theatre affords many opportunities to develop different skills. Konrad has shown a willingness to help out in other areas working backstage in ‘the Rivals’, ‘Funny Money’, ‘Stir Crazy’, and the recent one act plays, ‘Snip’ and ‘Bonking James Bond’. At only fourteen years of age Konrad has accumulated an impressive amount of theatre experience. He told me that he loves the community feeling of the theatre. ‘That’s what keeps me going back’. His dream is to pursue a career in theatre.

Playing opposite Konrad is Brylee Noble, a year thirteen student at Wanganui High School. Brylee has had eight years of singing lessons and is currently working towards her grade eight examinations. No doubt her strong voice was a deciding factor in achieving a part in Red Riding Hood’.

Despite her youth Brylee has also amassed a wealth of theatre experience, acting and singing in ‘Annie’, ‘Bugsy Malone, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Crazy For You’, and ‘Macbeth’. She says that this will be her last show in Wanganui as next year she will move to Palmerston North to pursue a Bachelor of veterinary science at Massey University. Brylee hopes to be able to take part in Palmerston North’s musical theatre while she’s there. Our loss will be Palmerston North’s gain.

It’s great to watch the energy and enthusiasm our clever young adults so willingly share with us. Wanganui is so much richer for having them.