Manukau Courier : February 13th 2014
2 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 Jag steps up to School of Dance A light-footed teen has been recognised as one of the best young dancers in the country. Jag Popham from Mangere Bridge has one of only five places for Kiwis at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. Many graduates of the school go on to dance for the Royal New Zealand Ballet or the Sydney Dance Company. Jag, 17, will study contemporary dance at the school for two years. NEWS www.manukaucourier.co.nz Singers stay because they love to sing By SARAH ROBERTS Lorna Clauson and Grant Peterson have been singing their hearts out for the past 40 years. The foundation members signed up to the South Auckland Choral Society in 1975. The society was orig- www.manukaucourier.co.nz Office Ph 272 7017 Editor Judith Tucker Hours: 8:30am-5pm inally formed for celebrations to mark Papakura reaching 20,000 residents. Rehearsals started in October 1974 and its members sang Bach’s St John Passion at Crossroads Methodist Church in the celebrations in March 1975. About 43 people joined Sales Manager Stuart Palmer p Deliveries Ph 525 2022 Fax 633 1958 Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 633 1969 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 12) Delivered each Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday to Clendon, Clover Park, Favona, Flat Bush, Goodwood Heights, Hill Park, Homai, Mahia Park, Mangere Bridge, Mangere Central, Mangere East, Manukau Central, Manukau Heights, Manurewa, Manurewa East, Middlemore, Otahuhu, Otara, Papatoetoe, Peninsula Park, Puhinui, Randwick Park, The Gardens, Totara Heights, Wattle Downs, Weymouth, Wiri. 68,814 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki. P.O. Box 76-400, Manukau City. Sensational singers: Grant Peterson and Lorna Clauson practise for the next South2 Auckland Choral Society performance. the group initially. The three original members still performing are Grant, Lorna and Peter O’Brien. ‘‘A choir is always a challenge. It’s the best team sport going, full of energy. It’s intellectual and great fitness,’’ Grant says. And one thing keeps them coming to rehearsals – they just love to sing. The choir is looking for new members to help with its 40th anniversary celebrations. Past members are also welcome to get back in touch. Singers will be performing Mozart’s Requiem Mass as their first performance for the year on Palm Sunday, April 13. Long-term, the choir will be singing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace on Anzac Day next year. It was first sung by the choir at the Auckland Town Hall in 2008. The second performance will mark the World War 1 centennial commemorations. All voices will be welcomed to the society, including sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Auditions will show where the singer is best placed. 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Eight hundred handcrafted lanterns will illuminate the night skies from 7pm at Albert Park tonight – allowing crowds to enjoy the spectacle without the hustle and bustle of food stalls and performances. The full festival starts tomorrow and runs through to Sunday night, with family-focused activities from 2pm at Queens Wharf and stage performances and more than 100 food and craft stalls at Albert Park from 5pm. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development chief executive Brett O’Riley says this year’s event has something for everyone. ‘‘If you’ve got kids and want to avoid the crowds you can still enjoy a Lantern Festival experience – come along to Queens Wharf in the afternoons, make some Chinese paper lanterns and watch an early evening movie,’’ he says. The Queen’s Wharf highlights include Jockey of Sand by the All Theatre Art Association who will stage live multimedia performances every evening from 7.15pm to 7.25pm. There will be plenty for kids to enjoy with lantern making, face painting, temporary tattoos and puppet shows, and family favour- ite movies Mulan and Karate Kid. Outdoor movies include a selec- tion of short films presented by ‘‘Show Me Shorts’’ – New Zealand’s only Academy Awards accredited film festival – plus Flat 3, a made-for-the-web comedy series about three Chinese Kiwi flatmates in Auckland. The festival is also being celebrated at other venues throughout the city with activities at the Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland Museum (Sunday only) and an exhibition by students from Elam School of Fine Arts. Lantern, a full theatre production set in Auckland on the eve of Chinese New Year, is playing at the Musgrove Studio. ❚ Go to aucklandnz.com/lantern for a full programme.
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