Seventeen child-sized seagull costumes are among the many props, sets and accessories being put together by local sewers, builders and students for Leigh School’s upcoming production of Celia Seagull and the Plastic Sea.
Three public performances of the hour-long play, which includes an original music score, will be performed at the Leigh Community Hall from August 10 to 12.
Involving all the children at the school, either on stage or behind the scenes, the play is based on the award-winning children’s book Celia Seagull and the Plastic Sea written by Nicole Miller and illustrated by Lily Uivel.
The story has a strong marine ecology theme, and follows Celia as she sets about building a better nest using discarded plastic found in the sea. She is too busy to help sea creatures who are struggling because of the plastic, so how will she fare when she gets into trouble herself?
Leigh artist and Foundation Gallery owner Hillary Austin has been heavily involved with the project, which is being funded by a grant from the Creatives in Schools programme, run by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatū Taonga and Creative New Zealand.
Author Nicole Miller will be at the Friday performance signing books, which are available for sale at $15.
Performances: Matinee sessions on August 10 and 11 at 1pm, and an evening performance on Friday, August 12 at 7pm. Admission by koha.