The young performers of Genesis Youth Theatre are entering the final stages of rehearsals for their Christmas show, ‘The Secrets of Hero High’ which opens on Thursday 6 December for three nights at Wellington Arts Centre.
The show promises to be vibrant, topical and engaging, delivered with the group’s energy and exuberance. This is a show that all 17 performers have contributed to and developed over the last 4 months. Meeting just once a week with Genesis Chair Christina Matravers, the young people – all between the ages of 11 and 16 – have created ‘The Secrets of Hero High’ from start to finish. Christina explained: “The group have been working so hard for the last few months to devise this show, and it has been entirely written, choreographed and musically directed by the young members. They have shown so much maturity and dedication throughout this 4 month period and we are really hoping that their hard work pays off and they can play to sell-out audiences!”
The outcome of workshops and discussions, this is the plot: It’s just another boring day at Hero High. Four groups of students are coping with their usual, mundane school life when an explosion in the science lab alters the course of their lives forever!
After breathing in the toxic gasses emitted from the lab, the next day, the students realise they have some rather extraordinary gifts. However, the bullies of the school decide that with their new-found power, they will take over the school, and kidnap the poor headmaster!
Will the bullies remain in charge of the school? Will the others realise what they need to do to defeat them? And whatever happened to Larry, the Science Lab Lizard?
The story is told in dialogue, music and dance with the whole group contributing to the choreography. Christina Matravers has added her own wealth of experience as a skilled performer with WAA groups and she has recruited support from those who have recently graduated from Genesis to senior groups. Even with a week or so still to go, the show looks ready to confirm Christina’s view that ‘The Secrets of Hero High’ “is set to be absolutely cracking!”
This show proves that with so many confident, expressive and able performers in the group, the theatrical production line to OpSoc, the Pantomime Group and Wellington Theatre Company is in very good shape.
Genesis provides a valuable training ground for young people to learn stagecraft and gain immeasurably from being involved in performing arts; in addition, this show has allowed them to create and shape their own ideas. All they need now are full houses on all three nights. The audiences will be rewarded: ‘The Secrets of Hero High’ is not to be missed!
Tickets are available fromWellington Arts Association website or from the WAA box office at Odette’s Tearoom, High Street, Wellington.