Walking into the Propeller Stage at BATS theatre, there was four chairs in a line, pop music playing and purple lighting setting up a fun tone for the evening. I didn’t know what to expect, which was a feeling that continued throughout out the show, as there were several magical acts that all had a different style and seemed to really show the diversity of the Wellington Magic Club Inc. It was clear that there were some newcomers and some experienced magicians amongst the lot. This diversity was encouraging as it shows a growing interest in magic and will continue over the remaining nights of the show as there are different acts every night as the Club has 26 members.
E te whaea e takoto nei, e te matua e tū nei ki runga, tēnā korua. E te maunga ko Matairangi, e te moana ko Te Whanga-nui-ā-Tara e hora atu ra, tēnā kōrua. E ngā kaiauaha katoa na koutou a Hinepau i tito, i hanga, tēnā koutou. E te whānau katoa i tae mai kia panui nei, tēnā koutou katoa!
Ko au he kaiako ki rō puna reo, nō reira e mohio ana au i ngā mea whakakā hikaka mā ngā tamaiti. I ahu mai ki te whakaari a Hinepau mau ana i nga karu tamaiti, a, i whai ngahau, whai matauranga, whai manaru i reira. Ki ahau nei he mea nui te āta mohio a ngā kaiauaha mā tamariki ki ngā mahi me ngā hiahia o ngā tamaiti, kia aro ai te whakaari ki a rātou. Tau kē koutou te turupa a Hinepau!
I am a teacher in Māori Immersion Early Childhood Education, and I feel like I know what gets kids excited about stories. I went to Hinepau trying to view it from a kids perspective and found entertainment, education and enchantment. I think it’s really important for performers and creators involved in children's theatre to have a careful understanding of what kids enjoy, how they work and what is relevant to them. The team around Hinepau really nail this.
The best children’s theatre gives its intended audience ample entertainment value, fascination with the theatrical art form and hopefully a life lesson that will help them develop into better human beings. The trick is to trying to weave these elements into something that’s easily digestible yet not unsubtle. And using this rubric, Kapitall Kids’ Theatre’s Dino Rock succeeds pretty well.
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