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Home Schooler leads festive show

Teen leads festive show

Medieval Christmas comes to town

LEE MATTHEWS

Flavour of Christmas

DAVID UNWIN/Fairfax NZ

CHRISTMAS CRACKER: Nina Donkin is working through rehearsals for her new production The Flavour of Christmas. From left are David Mock, 16, Nina, 16, Grace Smith, 6, and Emily Good, 18.

 A medieval Christmas show, complete with a banquet for the audience, is being put together by two Palmerston North teenagers.

Sixteen-year-old Nina Donkin, whose Family Friendly Productions theatre company last year produced and performed the musical Psalty, has gone a step further this year.

With help from her friend and stage manager 18-year-old Emily Good, Nina has written and choreographed The Flavour of Christmas, incorporating the 20-minute play The Reluctant Dragon by John Rutter.

The show will be presented as a medieval banquet, with the audience served a full Christmas dinner during the production. Catering is being done by Dot Costley, using All Saints church’s new community hall facilities.

Nina said the music for the show was particularly lovely. Nina’s mother, Palmerston North singing teacher Debbie Donkin, was musical director and working with the 16-strong four-part choir to produce interesting music.

Read more here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/8027634/Teen-leads-festive-show

Many of the performers are home educated.

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http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

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