Opera House ‘on fire’ all this week

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Each night this week, the Oamaru Opera House will look like it’s flaming in the lead-up to Oamaru on Fire this Friday.

The Opera House will be lit by a sequence of red, orange and yellow flashing lights.

Oamaru on Fire co-organiser Anton Roswell said they did the effects last year and it looked great.

They are expecting more than 3000 people to turn up to their third Oamaru ‘on fire’, he said.

“It just keeps getting bigger each year.”

Mr Roswell, along with co-organiser Jan Kennedy, from Tourism Waitaki, wanted to create a family night in winter as a challenge.

In winter, people usually stay at home, so the challenge was to get people of all ages to come out in the cold and dark and see something completely different, he said.

There would be something there for everyone, whether they were four or 94 years old, Mr Roswell said.

“It gives people a completely different perspective of the same street that they’ve walked down so many times.

“It’s another reason to come to our amazing town.”

The night will including video mapping, a fire department demonstration, flame eaters and interesting food.

The Oamaru Opera House’s flaming effect started on Sunday night and will end this Saturday.

Oamaru on Fire will be held in Harbour St on Friday, May 30, from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Tickets will be available at the gate for $5.

By RUBY HARFIELD