Con­cert sells out as show grows pop­u­lar

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

The stage is set and fi­nal re­hearsals have been com­pleted as open­ing night for the 2013 Stars in Their Eyes con­cert hits the stage tonight. Only those who were in quick were able to get their hands on the 480 tick­ets on of­fer for the four evening per­for­mances, 120 tick­ets each show, af­ter they sold out in just 48 hours. Con­cert di­rec­tor So­nia Tay­lor-van den Ys­sel said it was fan­tas­tic. As soon as tick­ets went on sale it was ap­par­ent they would be snapped up quickly, she said. Twenty-seven acts, in­clud­ing singers and dancers, will take to the stage for the per­for­mance. Fi­nal re­hearsals this week re­vealed how much the cast had come to­gether for this year’s show, she said. Alexan­dra songstress Libby Hamil­ton, who was per­form­ing in the show for the third year, said ‘‘I love do­ing the show. It’s such hard case. ‘‘There’s a great vibe and en­ergy among the group as the show comes to­gether.’’ With tick­ets to the show sell­ing so quickly it was pos­si­ble more shows would be held next year, Mrs Tay­lor- van den Ys­sel said. How­ever, find­ing a big­ger venue would be a bet­ter alternative as it was al­ready a time­con­sum­ing com­mit­ment for the cast at this time of the year, she said.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627525410

Class act: Stars In

Their Eyes per­former Danika

Gil­bert, 17, of Alexan­dra, sets the scene dur­ing fi­nal re­hearsals for the con­cert. Tick­ets to the the show, which opens tonight and runs for four nights, sold

out within 48 hours of go­ing on sale.

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