TheStar Thursday May 9 2019 20 NEWS Teenage problem moves to Riccarton • By Anan Zaki and Georgia O’Connor-Harding TEENAGERS WHO caused a crime wave in Rolleston have started making trouble in Riccarton. About five teenagers, known to Selwyn police for their anti-social behaviour, are now congregating near Westfield Riccarton. They were responsible for theft, intimidation and vandalism in the Selwyn district, police said. Senior Constable Bruce Ward said about four more teenagers have now joined the core group from Rolleston. “They congregate [in Riccarton and the central city] and are smoking cannabis and stuff like that. Minor offending as well, like shoplifting at Westfield Riccarton,” he said. Police suspect adults are supplying the group in Riccarton with alcohol and drugs. The youths were first spotted in Riccarton about a month ago, police said, and currently none of them are attending school. Police have been organising conferences with the teenagers’ families in an attempt to control behaviour. • By Jess Gibson MORE THAN 200 keen spellers put pen to paper at the Otago Daily Times Extra! Canterbury quiz at Christchurch South Intermediate. Pupils from schools across the city teamed up in threes on Tuesday and were tested on spelling, grammar, abbreviations, matching words with their country of origin and dictionary skills. Selwyn House won the year 5 and 6 section of the quiz with 95 points out of a possible 100. Their victory followed a suspenseful tie-breaker with Fendalton Open-Air School, which came second with a score of 94 points. The St Martin’s School group in third was not far off, with 93 points. Selwyn House champions Penelope Sutton, 8, Amelia West, 9, and Serena Mackle Bayley, 9, were ecstatic after their win. Penelope said the quiz was “nerve-racking but fun.” “The tie-breaker was the hardest part. We got really confused with one word – rhythm,” she said. The Cathedral Grammar School team won the year 7 and 8 quiz with 86 points out of 100. Harry Long, 11, Liam Hume, news online at www.star.kiwi Quizmasters battle it out WINNERS: Amelia West, 9, Penelope Sutton, 8, and Serena Mackle Bayley, 9, after their victory in the year 5 and 6 section of the Otago Daily Times Extra! Canterbury spelling quiz. PHOTOS: JESS GIBSON 11 and Tor Chiles, 12, “did not expect it” when their team was called as the winners, as they only practised once on the day of the quiz. Liam said the team got caught on one of the mystery questions, but breezed through most of the others. “The anticipation while waiting for them to read out the votes” was his favourite part of the event. Cobham Intermediate School and Christchurch South Intermediate were tied for second place at 81 points. Extra! editor Tricia Rowe was pleased with how the night went. “It’s the first time South Intermediate had run the quiz and I was really happy with them,” said Mrs Rowe. She said it was challenging making sure everything ran smoothly, but the support of South Intermediate volunteer runners was a big help. Teams were chosen by their schools to compete in the competition. The quiz was run by the Otago Daily Times through Extra! – its monthly Newspapers in Education publication for primary, intermediate and junior secondary school pupils. MERIVALE RETIREMENT VILLAGE Introducing our new boutique retirement lifestyle option 1 & 2 Bedroom Serviced Apartments Available Now • Stunning 1 & 2 bedroom serviced apartments • Ground floor • Fabulous sunny courtyards • Fridge, dishwasher and cooking facilities included in every apartment • Cafe, private lounge & bar • Close to Merivale Mall 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Villas Also Available • Sunny lounge • Master bedroom with ensuite • Well appointed kitchen • Separate laundry • Internal access garage & off street parking Call Merivale Retirement Village today on 03 375 4117 or 021 971 487 to book a viewing and see for yourself why we really are the best. 27 Somme Street, Merivale | www.merivaleretirement.co.nz
news online at www.star.kiwi TheStar Thursday May 9 2019 THEATRE/ARTS 21 Gender bending role for Phoebe • By Georgia O’Connor- Harding BEING THE first in the country to land the leading role in a highly-acclaimed production exploring gender identity is a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for Phoebe Hurst. The Christchurch-based performer plays the complex cross-gender role of Yitzhak in the New Zealand premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which is debuting at The Court Theatre on Saturday. The show, which is described by Rolling Stone magazine as the “best rock musical ever” and received four Tony Awards, tells the story of German emigrant Hedwig – a rock’n’roll singer and victim of a botched sex change operation. Hurst’s role of Yitzhak is the husband of the show’s protagonist Hedwig – played by Adam Rennie. “It is not something I have done a lot of (cross-gender acting), but it is something I am very excited to do because it is quite a different energy, playing a man,” Hurst, 29, said. She said it is really exciting to have a show that is important to the queer community staged at The Court Theatre, which is one of the longest running companies in New Zealand. But she wanted to stress it is a story anybody can relate to, while it is about gender identity, it is also about people learning to be okay with who they are. “It is about discovering yourself and realising you don’t necessarily need to have somebody else there to be complete,” she said. Hurst has been on her own journey, having opened up last year about living with depression and the difficulties of making a career in the theatre industry. “It is something (depression) that a lot of people in the arts industry particularly deal with. I guess my approach is to be really transparent and frank about it,” she said. While there were a number of other factors which have contributed to her depression, she said it is common in the theatre industry because of the constant rejection, the vulnerability performers experience on stage and the READY TO ROCK: Phoebe Hurst rehearsing for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. financial difficulty. But Hurst said she doesn’t want to do anything else for work unless she has to. “I continue acting because I love it. I love to sing, I love acting and I love putting on different people’s skins and working out who they are,” she said. She stresses the best way to take away the pressure the theatre industry faces is by people actually getting out and watching performances in the city. Hurst said there are lots of great companies putting on unique work including Blackboard Theatre Company, Orange Studios, Little Andromeda and Two Productions. Originally from North Canterbury, Hurst attended the Hagley Theatre Company before going on to Toi Whakaari, which she graduated from in 2011. She decided to move back to the city in 2016 so she could continue contributing to the theatre scene and to be with her family. • Hedwig and the Angry Inch runs at The Court Theatre from May 11 to June 1. To book tickets go to www.courttheatre.org.nz An evening of great music with the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra presents Worlds Apart Saturday 11 May Christchurch Boys’ High School Hall, Straven Rd, 7.30pm Featuring music by: Lilburn, Gershwin, Greig, Tichelli and Prokofiev Tickets from Eventfinda $20 adults $15 Seniors $5 Students ARTC8330 There’s something very special about hearing a full orchestra of young people perform some of the great classics. So come and join our young musicians, conducted by Helen Renaud, in a concert of wonderful music from around the world. From the beautiful lakes and mountains of New Zealand with Lilburn’s Aotearoa Overture to the noisy and bustling streets of Paris in Gershwin’s American in Paris this will be a concert of wonderful melodies and great contrasts. Our talented strings will perform Holberg Suite by Greig, a five-movement work based on 18th century dances before the wind, brass and percussion of the concert band will entertain with a rollicking and humorous jazz inspired Blue Shades by Tichelli. Finally from Russia, one of Prokofiev’s most wellknown works and his first foray into film music, the Lieutenant Kijé Suite. A concert not to be missed. The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra was founded in the 1970s and is the senior orchestra of the Christchurch School of Music. The orchestra is a musically and technically advanced orchestra for the city’s musical youth to widen and develop their musical and performing experience. Each year the orchestra performs 3-4 concerts and can often be called on to perform at corporate and community events. Professional players from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra regularly work with students at sectionals to coach them in the nuances of orchestral playing. In 2015 the CSM signed a sponsorship agreement with the University of Canterbury for the youth orchestra which is an exciting development in the orchestra’s history. This sponsorship gives naming rights to the university and ensures the players can have access to interesting repertoire and essential equipment. The musicians of the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra under their conductor have worked hard to bring this concert to life so come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of great music.