Labour Weekend is all go for Peter and the Wolf

Published October 18, 2013

By popular demand, Peter and the Wolf is returning to Taranaki for a season at the Val Deakin Dance Centre at Labour Weekend.

This production has delighted audiences, young and old, for many years and had a very successful season when presented at the Arts Festival in Arundel, England.

What makes this classic tale so enduringly popular? Maybe it’s the terrific story and wonderful music by Prokofiev coupled with exciting narration by Sean Connery.

Maybe it’s the choreography by Val Deakin that makes the most of the characters and the comedy in the situation.

Maybe it’s the zany off-beat costumes. Maybe it’s the fun that the various performers have bringing the characters to life.

Maybe it’s the delight that all get from seeing children and adults enjoy the tale with a tail!

Taking the role of Peter will be Shelley Prestney. She is enjoying the part again having danced it in Taranaki and  England – and enjoying catching the Wolf!

Fulfilling the part of the crusty old pipe-smoking Grandfather for the first time is Mervyn Chivers. He is well know for his many character and comedy parts with the Dance Theatre including the Lion in the Carnival of the Animals.

Davina Moffat will again be dancing the part of the friendly bird. She has been in several productions of Peter and the Wolf, dancing as a hunter, a cat and a bird before.

Inge Vink will be a delightfully dumb duck as well as a sleek and cunning cat. The part of the duck will also be danced by Lucie Coppell and the cat by Nicola Begg.

The short-sighted hungry Wolf, played by Jane Roseman, will be sought by the bumbling, and very funny hunters, portrayed by Lynda West, Kate and Finn Booker.

Performances will be at the Dance Centre, 306 St Aubyn Street, New Plymouth on:

Friday, October 25 10 am & 11 am
Saturday, October 26 2 pm & 4 pm
Sunday, October 27 2 pm & 4 pm.

Tickets are $7 for children and $10 for adults with family and group discounts available. Tickets can be purchased by phoning 06 752 7743 (after 9:30 am). Be warned – the last three seasons of Peter and the Wolf have sold out and there were some very disappointed people!