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Exceptional events: North Canterbury


North of the Waimak is a happening hotspot with a range of exciting events set to hit the streets in the coming weeks. We’ve picked out our faves.

 

 

  1. Derelict Brewing Tap Takeover
    Head along to craft beer and cider fillery The Good Drop on 27 April for a pint courtesy of micro brewing company Derelict Brewing and a gourmet burger served up by Alt Kitchen. From 12pm to 10pm, the pop-up bar at 7 Durham Street, Rangiora will see local folks enjoy a taste of burgers and beers made right here in little North Canterbury.


  2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Musical
    Take a trip to the French Riviera with North Canterbury Musicals’ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A hysterical storyline, a jazzy score and two mischievous con-artists combine for several uproarious evenings (2-18 May). A musical guaranteed to add some spice to your life!


  3. Cake Tasting Arvo
    A beautiful, tasty range of cakes all in one place – what could be better? If you’re looking for a delicious cake for a wedding, birthday, baby shower or even Mother’s Day, then head down to Gather + You – your one-stop shop for event information, inspiration and giftware at 91 Ivory Street, Rangiora on 5 May for an afternoon of cake tasting. Tickets include a free tasting with each vendor and a goodie bag. Head to www.gatherandyou.co.nz for more information.


  4. ABBA Heaven! All the Hits with The Mermaids Dance Band
    Following a sell out last time The Mermaids Dance Band hit the Kaiapoi Club, the crew will treat audiences to an updated repertoire of ABBA’s top hits while donning dazzling new costumes. Dress to the nines, slip on your dancing shoes and join the band on 17 May as they belt out top tunes like Waterloo, Super Trooper and Dancing Queen.

 

Musical Mayhem


Two con men, one gorgeous heiress and the French Riviera. What could go wrong?

 

North Canterbury Musical’s production of the Tony Award-winning Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opens on Thursday 2 May at the Rangiora Town Hall. “It’s very funny!” says Teresa Dann, the show’s Director. “It doesn’t take itself seriously and pokes fun at everything.”

Based on the popular 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, con men Lawrence Jameson (Darren Sundborn) and Freddy Benson (Marty Ashby) are battling it out to scam Christine Coalgate (Andrea Koorey), a pretty young heiress, out of $50,000 dollars. Cue two hours of slapstick fun and musical entertainment.

“It is packed full of talent. The cast is outstanding. Jo Allpress-Bartlett has choreographed some stunning dance numbers and Musical Director, Cheryllyn Callander, has honed some sharp, vocal theatrics. I’m genuinely excited for audiences to come out and see this show!”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ncms.co.nz.


 

North Canterbury Musical Society

Dastardly deeds: Jekyll & Mr Hyde (The Musical) is North Canterbury Musical Society’s next thrilling show

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.

North Canterbury Musical Society

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 director@ncms.co.nz or to book tickets visit www.ncms.co.nz with iTicket.