More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! And, in May 2018, it will be performed for a limited season at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, with a stellar cast, live band, amazing custom-made touring set and costumes.
The Ashburton Trust Event Centre was born out of the necessity to replace the aged Regent Theatre that had occupied the site for many years and was in very bad repair. “It would not have survived the Christchurch earthquakes had it still been standing,” Ashburton Events Centre Manager Roger Farr says.
“The brickwork was crumbling, the dressing rooms leaked like a sieve and there were broken trusses in the roof.”
Now ten years on, the Ashburton Trust Event Centre is gearing up to celebrate its first milestone by staging the box office extravaganza Mamma Mia. Leading the production team will be Director Roger Farr, Musical Director Richard Marrett and Choreographer Madison Tew Keyworth from Australia.
“I couldn’t think of a better show to pick for a celebration than Mamma Mia,” Madison says.
“It’s such a fun show; one of those shows that you just cannot help but smile when watching! It’s a clever storyline woven throughout Abba’s greatest hits.”
Mamma Mia runs from Friday 18 May to Saturday 26 May. For more information and to purchase tickets, drop in and see the team at the Event Centre, or visit online at www.ateventcentre.co.nz.
As the fog descends footsteps approach – closer, closer. You hear laughter – a chilling cackle; you clutch your companion’s arm… surely there’s safety in numbers? From the mist, a raised arm, a bloodied blade – you scream! Too late… Jekyll and Hyde have already entered the theatre.
Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Jekyll and Hyde, the rock musical, opens at Rangiora Town Hall on 10 May.
“It’s a challenging show for our cast, but in a good way,” says Director Paul Johnson. “It’s very much a musical with music entwined, rather than a play with songs.”
Born and bred in Rangiora, Paul is very loyal to his hometown. He has been involved with the North Canterbury Musical Society (NCMS) since 2006 when he played Bernardo in West Side Story. His directing debut came in 2011 with Guys and Dolls. “It’s thanks to NCMS that I am where I am in the performing arts in Canterbury.”
Paul says there’s a great camaraderie within the Jekyll and Hyde cast. “Many of our cast live outside Rangiora, so there’s a lot of car-pooling to rehearsals.”
Musical Director Leanne O’Mahony has done an impressive 10 shows for NCMS and Lance McBride, who plays Jekyll/Hyde, had the lead role in the 2015 NCMS production of Disney Beauty and the Beast, directed by Paul.
Jekyll and Hyde: 10 May to 26 May, Rangiora Town Hall. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or to book tickets visit www.ncms.co.nz with iTicket.