Waste Free Wanda comes to Wānaka

Singer-songwriter Anna van Riel created the musical to help combat single-use waste in the district

Performances of the long-awaited Waste Free Wanda musical are taking place in 11 Lakes District primary schools this week. 

Developed in partnership with Plastic Free Wānaka and QLDC, the musical has been written, scripted, recorded and rehearsed in just a few months by Hawea’s award-winning singer-songwriter Anna van Riel. It will attempt to help combat single-use waste in the district in a dynamic and entertaining way over a classroom period. 

“The show is based on an adolescent kid called Wanda, who discovers she has super powers. I won’t give too much away, but I can tell you that the show is a great combination of funny, emotive and musical,” said Anna.

With a growing consciousness around plastic waste, Anna’s hope is that her show empowers audiences to “be the change”, as they laugh and sing along.

“I’ve had a lot of help from amazing locals and family, and can’t wait to share it with our community,” she said.

The tour began at Remarkables Primary on Monday and ends next Monday, February 24 in Arrowtown. Waste Free Wanda visited Wānaka Primary earlier this week, and will be in Take Kārara today, followed by Makarora and Hawea Flat primaries tomorrow. 

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