Broadway stars in Dunedin can take a back seat today as local
schoolchildren take to the stage for the Child Cancer
The pupils are from the Musicool Summer School, a five-day
intensive camp that brings together Dunedin's young
performers in preparation for the annual charity musical
Founded by Denise Henderson 12 years ago in Timaru, the
school shifted to Dunedin in 2011 to collaborate with fellow
theatre instructor Bridget Telfer.
Ms Henderson estimates that since she founded the school in
2002, almost $10,000 has been raised for various youth
''Part of the school's philosophy has been to raise money for
youth-related charities. Every year we pick a different
charity. Last year we raised money for the Sophie Elliot
She believed the combination of charity and performance was
empowering for the children, and had positive responses from
both parents and the pupils.
''It really helps them grow and bloom. It's a cliche but it's
The theme of this year's event is ''musicals with a modern
edge'', featuring renditions of Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, Beauty and the Beast and reality television star
Simon Cowell's latest musical creation I Can't Sing.
The musical will be held at Coronation Hall, Mosgiel. Doors
open at 6.30pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for
students and children.
All proceeds will go to the Child Cancer Foundation.
- Liam MacAndrew.