Hard work pays off as Chicago opens

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The Oamaru Operatic Society’s production of Chicago would rival any show in the country, says society president Dan Lewis.

The show premieres tonight at the Oamaru Opera House and Mr Lewis said it’s heartwarming to finally see everyone’s endless commitment pay off.

There are about 80 people involved in Chicago, including cast and crew, and Mr Lewis said the hours that have been put into the show is phenomenal.

“It’s quite an achievement to get 80 people in one place, at one time, on a regular basis, voluntarily,” he said.

The show has a budget of more than $100,000 which was large for Oamaru, said Mr Lewis.

Mr Lewis said he was always aware of the local talent but he has seen the cast take on new challenges.

He said director Duncan Whiting was capable of bringing things out in people that they didn’t believe was possible.

Mr Lewis said purchasing a ticket is money well spent.

“If you want live musical theatre to continue, you have to get out and support it,” he said.

The production runs from tonight until September 28.

“They will go away with their toes tapping and humming tunes for weeks,” he said.

To purchase tickets, visit the Oamaru Opera House or search www.ticketdirect.co.nz