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Reaching fever pitch
Revisiting the 70s in all its cheesy weirdness
By CHE BAKER
What: Dunstan High School
production Disco Inferno
When: April 17, 18 and 19.
Where: Alexandra Memorial
How much: Adults $20, Student
$10. Tickets available from the
Dunstan High School office.
Hot talent: Dunstan
High School Disco
cast, back row, Matt
Enright, Ben Fisher,
front row, Ellie
Wright, Sam Harris
Photo: CHE BAKER
A cast of 50 Dunstan High School
students are set to revive the 70s
on stage for this year's school
production, Disco Inferno.
School head of drama and
production director Michelle Ruf-
fell said the show would be filled
with well-known songs from the
70s that both old and young would
''It's bright, it's cheesy, it's fun.
It's the 70s brought back to life in
all the great ways,'' Miss Ruffell
The story line of the show is based on a young man named Jack,
played by 15-year-old Sam Harris,
who wants to be a singing
superstar and sells his soul to
the devil to get his dream.
The cast had been rehearsing
since the start of February and
would be spending at least three
days a week preparing for
opening night on April 17.
Miss Ruffell said there was an
even mix of boys and girls
taking part which was surpris-
ing considering the amount of
dancing involved in th pro-
This year a live band made of
local musicians will also be
taking part in the show.
Ice hockey heroes
Peewee players: Rising Alexandra ice hockey players Ben Miller, 13, and Tazmin Hall, 12, arrived
back on home soil yesterday after spending 10 days competing at the Aldergrove 2013 Peewee
Friendship International Tournament and a week at an ice hockey training camp in Canada. The
pair, who play for the Alexandra Flames Ice Hockey team, left for Canada on March 13 to play in
the Southern Knights peewee team to compete at the event, held on the outskirts of Vancouver.
The team, comprising of 21 boys and girls aged 13 years and under from Queenstown, Gore,
Dunedin, and Alexandra, played 10 games competing against teams including the United States,
Japan, Australia, Korea and Canada. The tournament is held every three years and will be held
next in Australia. After the competition the pair went on to attend the Leslie Coaching Academy
Ice hockey training camp where they had on-and-off ice training at the Richmond Olympic Oval
high performance ice hockey gym. While in Vancouver they were also given a first-hand
experience of top level ice hockey and were able to attend a live NHL Ice Hockey game between
the Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Sport gains regional
New role: Otago netball
representative Olivia Bates has been
appointed as the netball
development officer for Central
Otago, Upper Clutha and Wakatipu
By CHE BAKER
Grassroots netball has been the
backdrop to every Silver Fern
netball player's career and Cen-
tral Otago has been appointed a
development officer to assist in
producing netball superstars from
Netball South has assigned Olivia
Bates, an Otago netball represen-
tative, to be the netball develop-
ment officer for Central Otago,
Upper Clutha and Wakatipu
areas, based in Alexandra.
Miss Bates said she was excited
about starting her new position.
''My aim is to develop grassroots
netball and coach development in
the Central Otago area by
facilitating structured netball
programmes and getting as many
people involved in this sport,'' she
''I am hearing about a lot of
talented young players in Central
so I'd like to help them on the path
to representing our region and
ultimately the Southern Steel.
''It will be great to see the sport
really grow in this area and I'm
looking forward to playing a part
The newly-established position
emerged as a result of Netball
New Zealand implementing a new
structural model based around its
five zones last year.
Central Otago Netball Centre
president Sally Bell said having a
development officer in the region
would benefit not only player
skills but coaches' skills as well.
''We are really excited,'' Mrs Bell
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