Bright bold show for children

The giant glowing puppets include Waru the octopus

More than 40 giant glow-in-the-dark puppets will transport children and adults alike to an undersea world in next week’s Te Moana Glow Show in Orewa.

The time is certainly right for a bit of escapism, and Glow Show creative director Sarah Burren says that’s why she is determined to put on the show at Centrestage Theatre within whatever Covid level restrictions are in force at the time. There is a cast and crew of 10 people.

“We will open the doors even if it’s still limited to audiences of 100 people – we won’t make a profit, but it’s more important to give live theatre a boost and provide something for local families to enjoy,” Sarah says.

The Glow Show has been touring for four years, and last came to Orewa in 2018.

Every year the venues have grown – this year the tour takes in 34 locations and has had to be rearranged multiple times due to lockdowns.

Sarah, who moved to Orewa last year, designed and made all the characters for Te Moana in her workshop using fabric and high quality glow paint.

The show includes a heroic little kina, a 3.2m manta ray and a 2.3m octopus. There is a subtle marine conservation message, but mostly it’s all for fun.

The show is for children aged around 2-10 years and their families.

It’s on at Centrestage in Orewa these school holidays, October 7 and 8. Info: see What’s On.

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