Bowing out with a chuckle


Young thespians will be channelling Monty Python in the Timaru Musical Theatre and Dance Summer School's final act.

The school, now in its eighth year, will be held from Monday January 17 until Saturday January 22.

The theme for the last year was to be comedy, director Denise Henderson said.

"We have the opportunity to bring in some brilliant material for the kids to work with: Monty Python, Catherine Tate, Harry Enfield, Spamalot the musical and lots of slapstick dance routines."

The school would bring back Aaron Williams, on greenscreen filming, from last year.

The first school was held in 2004, and over the years hundreds of children have taken part.

"It is always great to see them take what they have learnt and progress into other ventures and opportunities in their lives, be that at a school level, taking up dancing or singing lessons, or becoming involved in the local drama league."

The course culminates with a concert on the Saturday, with donations given to charity.

"We have always chosen charities that benefit children," Ms Henderson said.

"This year we have chosen to support the Pike River Mine Disaster Relief Fund."