Treats galore will soon be on offer at Opera House


The Oamaru Opera House has lined up a luscious array of entertainment for the next four months.
The touring shows begin tomorrow with “Wild World”, a tribute to Cat Stephens. New Zealand singer-songwriter Bryce Wastney, accompanied by Ryan Beehre, performs the songs.
Next to arrive is psychic medium Kelvin Cruickshank, who has amassed a following from the television programme Sensing Murder. In his “Soul Food” show on April 23, he will “read as many people permitted by spirit per session, although we do not guarantee he can read everyone”, his publicist said.
The following night, award-winning Kiwi comedienne Michele A’Court presents her R18 show called “Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter”. Ranging from the right way to store ginger to explaining feminism, it contains life lessons for everyone.
On April 27, Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical comedy H.M.S. Pinafore ushers in a dollop of Victorian mirth. This production, directed by Geraldine Brophy, has a cast including George Henare, Helen Medlyn, and Tizane McEvoy.
A much-anticipated local event has booked out the venue for May 20 to 22 _ the 79th Annual Oamaru Performing Arts Festival. This competition for young entertainers showcases dance, instrument-playing, singing, and speech-making.
Comedy returns on May 24 with Niu Sila, a play written by Oscar Kightley and Dave Armstrong. It brings us the tale of “a friendship that spans 40 years, two cultures and one street”, its publicist said.
One night later, “Mr and Mrs Alexander” takes the stage. In Lyttelton in 1888, Mr Alexander is a magician who can make things vanish, while his wife is a mind-reader who can call up the invisible. Billed as “the most notorious couple in colonial showbiz”, the Alexanders are played by David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache. The Oamaru Opera House roof is likely to be lifted on June 3 by the Ten Tenors’ “The Power of Ten” performance. The men take their audience from Puccini to Michael Jackson and Verdi to David Bowie, also delivering their signature version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
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