Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


From West Side Story to The Factory

5 March 2013

From West Side Story to The Factory


With her operatic training beginning at the age of two, dance classes at seven and acting at 15, Milly Grant has always been destined for a career in the performing arts.

The Otara resident has been cast in the starring role of The Factory, New Zealand’s first Pasifika musical now showing at Q Theatre in Auckland.

The Factory is proving so successful, it is about to be taken on the road around the country and to Australia later in the year.

Milly stars as Losa, a young Samoan woman, who immigrates to New Zealand with big dreams of a better life. She is immediately set to work in a south Auckland textile factory, facing challenges and questions, interspersed with music and a lot of laughter.

A final year Bachelor of Creative Arts student at Manukau Institute of Technology, Milly says she was asked to audition after starring as Maria in MIT’s production of West Side Story.

“I got a phone call, dropped everything and was there within 30 minutes. I performed, sang a verse of a song, and got it,” Milly says.

Created by the Kila Kokonut Krew, The Factory initially was staged to sell out performances at the Mangere Arts Centre in 2011.

This year the show, which Milly describes as a true story many Samoan immigrants will be able to relate to, is part of the Auckland Arts Festival.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever worked with an entirely Pasifika cast and crew. We’ve had four solid weeks of rehearsals and the shows are almost sold out. It’s exciting to be taking it on the road next,” Milly says.

The Factory runs at the Q Theatre on Queen Street from Wednesday 6 March to Saturday 9 March at 7.30pm; Sunday 10 March at 5pm; and Monday 11 March at 6.30pm.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Werewolf: From The Lost Continent

It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Blue Eyed & Soulful

Last year’s Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder that on some of soul music’s most hallowed tracks, the studio band consisted of a bunch of white guys from rural Alabama... More>>

ALSO:

Final Event - Number Crunching: NZ Fifth Best Performer At Commonwealth Games

With a haul of 45 medals, New Zealand has outperformed the best predictions of the world’s number crunchers by 440% and beaten our past performance at the Commonwealth Games by 11% per cent, according to a Massey University finance lecturer. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news