Young actors to unleash wild side

Dunedin Repertory Society members (from front to back) Noah Brummitt (11), Amber Munro (11, right...
Dunedin Repertory Society members (from front to back) Noah Brummitt (11), Amber Munro (11, right), Ovita Beres (11, left), Rowan Metreyeon (13), Sebastian Cumming (13, back left), Annelise Scharpf (14, centre), and Nikita Mulqueen (19, right) are taking their Jungle Book characters to the Wild Dunedin Festival. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
Their season of The Jungle Book is over, but young members of the Dunedin Repertory Society will unleash their wild sides again this weekend.

A cast of children and young adults will be walking the Town Belt as part of the week-long Wild Dunedin Festival, then helping people with eco-activities during the "Making a Change" expo in Woodhaugh Gardens in North Dunedin.

The event has been facilitated by museum science presentation co-ordinator Amadeo Enriquez-Ballestero and play director Courtney Drummond.

The children "kind of asked for it", and the activity was focused on protecting Dunedin's "little jungle"- the green belt, Mr Enriquez-Ballestero said.

The theme of the play - the human and natural world interacting with one another - fitted well with the environmental ideas behind Wild Dunedin.

The characters would meet people "for a moment" and hopefully encourage them to make a change, Mr Enriquez-Ballestero said.

They would also be conducting a clean-up of the green belt during the Town Belt Traverse.

The traverse was a self-guided walk, with an interpretation of the Town Belt's history and ecological importance - leaving from the Southern Cemetery and ending at Woodhaugh Gardens by 1.30pm for a sausage sizzle.

The children would then be helping out during the activities at the expo, such as identifying insects by doing a "bug census".

"They'll just be there to do them with people."

Young actress Annelise Scharpf said the whole idea was about humans and animals working together and establishing a relationship.

The Jungle Book ended on April 21.

The society is based at Playhouse Theatre and its next production is Not Quite the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

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