Cromwell Drama Club
The Grinch Performers. Left to Right, Top Row - Archie Booth, Milly Everett, Kaitlyn Yu, Lucia Wood, Sophie Ley, Carter Mitchell, Stella Hodkinson, Tessy Wood, Bella Hore, Xavier Hore, Juno Dixon, Ollivia Munro. Middle Row - Caleb Lindsay, Sophie Rogan, Connie Casey, Katie Ley, Eva Tait, Asher Sutherland, Isaac Wood. Bottom Row - Beau Hodkinson. Photo supplied

Just in time for Christmas, the Cromwell Drama Club presented two shows. One had a Christmas theme; the other was a twist on an classic children’s classic tale.

The younger group (7 and 8 year olds), performed ‘The Grinch’, while the older group, students from Cromwell College, performed ‘Big Bad and Little Red’.

As for all the performing arts, 2021 was not an easy year, with classes suspended during Covid restrictions. In spite of this, the students have managed to present two shows for Christmas, rather than just one.

Director and teacher Kylie Hodkinson was pleased that the extra performance worked out well.

She says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing with this group of students.

We have worked on voice, movement, and character development all year in class and it’s great to see it finally come together in the end-of-year show.

I am so proud of how hard they have worked and how they continue to challenge themselves.

However, the best thing is watching their confidence grow from strength to strength and seeing the joy it brings them.”

Kylie is not reticent in asking for help from her whanau.

Her mother, Erin O’Callaghan was in charge of costumes, while her husband Steve was on lighting and sound, making it a real family effort.

The Drama Club have regular classes every Monday afternoon, run by Kylie.

For the Christmas concert, students have been rehearsing every week for the past 10 weeks, with many extra rehearsals to ensure that things went smoothly.

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