Audiences at the two performances of ‘Genesis Christmas Wonderland’ at The Arts Centre this week will have fun! Fact!
In an ‘unashamedly festive’ show that packs dances, songs and sketches into a cabaret-style setting, the young people – all between the ages of 11 and 16 – show off some fine stagecraft, managing props, settings, costumes (including a malfunction or two) and continuity, as well as a range of performance skills. Many, if not all, are in rehearsal for ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in January and may be veterans from the cast of ‘Oliver’ earlier this year, so they’re all very busily gaining both experience and confidence as performers – which is what Genesis is all about.
The show presents nativity scenes as you’re unlikely to have ever imagined them – although you might ask why the baby Jesus shouldn’t get a box of chocs, a bottle of Harvey’s Bristol Cream and a very hot turkey. There are kings and shepherds (with teatowel headwear, naturally) and some funny dialogue. You’ll want to join in with familiar songs and carols, delivered with rousing enthusiasm from the cast. It’s all very light-hearted fun – especially a rollicking rendition of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.
The production team has added direction, lighting, sound, simple costuming and decorated The Arts Centre with twinkly lights. Now all that’s needed is a bit of full-blooded audience participation.
Both shows are sell-outs so word is getting around that Wellington Arts Association productions are definitely not to be missed!