Song, dance and dreams


Littlies (from left) Juliana Macaes, 6, Zoe Virgin, 7, and Carol Lozano, 5, get all dramatic with Julie Smith, organiser of the new Starburst Amateur Kids Theatre group.

Mum-of-three Smith is running the workshops to introduce primary schoolkids to music, dance, singing and theatre. They run each Friday after school from tomorrow.

Smith, coordinator of community support centre Happiness House and a qualified social worker, says her informal classes – planned for each term – will help kids in three ways.

“Drama and stage is bringing out the imagination in kids and I feel that a lot of them are losing it with computer and PlayStation games,” she says.

“And some kids don’t want to do sports so this is just a door opening to give them a chance to do something different.

“I’m using my social work skills as well to build confidence and self-esteem.”

Smith has been involved with drama for 16 years, founding two youth theatre groups in Nelson, where she was based before shifting to Queenstown in January.

Two-hour Starburst sessions – from 3.15pm at the Events Centre – cost $150 a term and there’s a public show
at the end of the year.