Tribute to talented Waiuku writer

The Hunua Youth Theatre paid tribute to Kirsty Russell by raising funds for theFranklin Memorial Hospital through one of Kirsty’s pantomimes. Back Row: (L to R)Therese Dixon, Maggie Spencer, Noeline Letcher, Margaret Grimmond, Gill Collins,Megan Kusabs. Front Row: (L to R) Eunice Attwood, Roz Attwood.

The Hunua Youth Theatre paid tribute to Kirsty Russell by raising funds for theFranklin Memorial Hospital through one of Kirsty’s pantomimes. Back Row: (L to R)Therese Dixon, Maggie Spencer, Noeline Letcher, Margaret Grimmond, Gill Collins,Megan Kusabs. Front Row: (L to R) Eunice Attwood, Roz Attwood.

Thirty seven young performers from Hunua and surrounding Districts performed pantomimes in tribute to Waiuku writer, Kirsty Russell, who sadly passed away in September this year.
The Hunua Youth Theatre’s four performances of The Wizard of Oz were dedicated to her memory.
The proceeds from the Saturday, November 21 show, along with money from a donation bucket, were donated to the Franklin Memorial Hospital.
Since writing and directing her first play Pinocchio in 1997, Kirsty wrote and directed eight pantomimes, which have been performed for schools from all over Franklin. She also did set design, art, props, costumes and choreography.
“She was a very creative and talented lady who will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Kirsty’s adaptation of The Wizard of Oz was a favourite with the Hunua Youth Theatre cast. They especially loved her creation of quirky new characters, and her ability to bring these characters alive and the laughs they brought to the show,” said Director, Therese Dixon.
The Hunua Youth Theatre said they felt privileged to have had the opportunity to perform Kirsty’s work and to pay tribute to her wonderful talent. Directors Therese Dixon and Megan Kusabs paid a visit to the Franklin Memorial Hospital to present a cheque for $825 to the ladies of the Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, which was accepted by Maggie Spencer, Charge Nurse at the Hospital. Also present were Kirsty’s Mum, Eunice Attwood and relative Roz Attwood.

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