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Back on stage . . . Among those performing in Musical Theatre Oamaru’s cabaret concert Stars In The Night are (back row, from left) Richard McLeod, Catriona Henderson, Sonya Creedy, Anna Sillibourne, Sophie Pilbrow, Tim Blackler, (front, from left) Jenna Madden, Hannah Cruickshank and Helen O'Flynn. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

After two challenging years, Musical Theatre Oamaru (MTO) is ‘‘thrilled’’ to be able to stage a show for the community again, president Melissa Yockney says.

Tickets for MTO’s cabaret concert, Stars In The Night, which will hit the Scottish Hall stage on June 25, went on sale this week.

‘‘Just getting an MTO event on stage will be awesome — all of us involved, whether on the stage or behind it, love live theatre and because of pesky ol’ Covid, we’ve missed it so much,’’ Miss Yockney said.

The name of the show was a nod to it being staged at the beginning of the rising of Matariki, and some of the songs would have a star theme, she said. It was ‘‘for one night, and one night only’’, and limited to 100 tickets.

The show itself will take place over two acts, and the 14 performers will sing a variety of songs from shows including Hamilton, Chicago, Les Miserables, Oliver, Fame, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera.

The Scottish Hall will be transformed into an intimate, relaxed wine›bar for the show, with soft lighting, carpeted floors and couches and chairs. Platters are available for pre› order when buying tickets from Rose’s General Store.

The MTO committee had been toying with the idea of an ‘‘underground Broadway›style’’ event for some time, and they decided to ‘‘hit the go button’’ to see what interest there was this year, Miss Yockney said.

‘‘We were delighted with the response. We have 14 wonderful performers who we think are all stars in their own right.

‘‘There’s a number of new faces, including guys, which is really neat, and all of the others have been involved with MTO shows in one way or another in the past — so there are plenty of familiar faces with oodles of talent.’’

The performers had been rehearsing at home for about a month to reduce any spread of Covid. There had been two cast catch›ups in person, and Miss Yockney, who is the production manager, was ‘‘really pleased’’ with how things were coming along.

One of the performances Miss Yockney was most looking forward to was that of Waitaki Girls’ High School pupil Evelynn Nutbean, the youngest performer, who is singing Burn from Hamilton. At the last group rehearsal, there was barely a dry eye in the room when she performed it, she said.

Despite being a one›night event, there was plenty to be done behind the scenes to make it happen — and local businesses and organisations had been ‘‘really generous’’ in their support to make the concert special.

The MTO committee hoped a cabaret concert could become a regular feature on the society’s calendar.

But its next production would be a theatre restaurant at the start of October, followed by a compilation show for youth performers a few weeks later.

‘‘We’ve also got a couple of really cool shows in mind for the next couple of years, but there’s still a lot of background research to be done first before anything is confirmed.

‘‘Watch this space.’’

Tickets for Stars In The Night are available from Rose’s General Store and Information in Tyne St.