Galaxy of stars at Te Re­hunga

Bush Telegraph - - Front Page - BY DAVE MUR­DOCH

The stars came out on a beau­ti­ful evening at Te Re­hunga as Ruahine and Dis­tricts School took its guests on a cruise on Satur­day June 9, the en­ter­tain­menta peren­nial favourite, Stars in

their Eyes .

The ship-dec­o­rated Te Re­hunga Hall was full, with pa­trons dressed in their best ready to have a great night, matched by hosts in naval uni­forms, grass skirts and leis. The cruise would be dock­ing well af­ter mid­night.

Eight en­tries var­ied hugely in type but were all of top qual­ity. Mur­ray Law­son in black wig and shades did a good im­pres­sion of Roy Or­bi­son’s Pretty Woman to start the con­test.

Just 16 and still at school, Brodi Wal­ters im­i­tated Bey­once’s Ave Maria, with a ma­tu­rity of voice be­yond her years and she was fol­lowed by her mum Leah Wal­ters with a gen­der change copy­ing Sir Mix-a Lot in both rap rhythms and move­ment. She won third place.

Af­ter a pause for $5 raf­fles Har­riet Selfe sang Adele’s hit

“Some­one Like You – her stage ex­pe­ri­ence match­ing her voice.

Anne Kelly, fresh from babysit­ting a seven-week-old great grand­child sang An­nie Crum­mer’s See What Love

Can Do and a trio of women fin­ished the bracket as ABBA with a vig­or­ous and pop­u­lar ren­di­tion of Water­loo which earned them sec­ond place.

Af­ter an­other pause for a $10 raf­fle, and Moulin Rouge brought the house down with

Lady Mar­malade, the two Wal­ters join­ing with Anna and Ali Sin­clair to put on the win­ning per­for­mance.

Reg­u­lar per­form­ers Drew Caleno as Mick Jag­ger and Boz Charl­ton as David Bowie closed the show with Danc­ing in the Street — much to the de­light of the au­di­ence.

A steady sup­ply of nib­bles and sup­per plus a busy bar kept the crowd in great spir­its, com­pered by pre­vi­ous win­ner Nathan Davis.

A silent auc­tion of All Black mem­o­ra­bilia yielded $388, with the pro­ceeds and other raf­fles rais­ing over $7000, jus­ti­fy­ing the Par­ents For Kids com­mit­tee to res­ur­rect the show af­ter a year’s break.

WIN­NERS of Stars in Their Eyes 2018 Moulin Rouge singing Lady Mar­malade. From left: Anna Sin­clair, Leah Wal­ters, Ali Sin­clair, Brodi Wal­ters.

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