Parody of small town culture
Welcome to Bell End, a town with mega development plans, new golf courses and swanky apartments.
Mount Aspiring College year 12 drama students are bringing Bell End to life in the play, Wheelers Luck.
College arts coordinator Jools Hall said the students were hoping for strong local support as the play is part of their NCEA assessment.
‘‘The Lake Wanaka Centre is a big place to fill up but it is quite topical. It is only an hour for great live entertainment. Even if you are not connected with the school, it will be well worth it to come,’’ she said.
Wheeler’s Luck was written in 2004 by Nigel Collins, Toby Leach and Damon Andrews with 55 characters played by just two actors.
The critically acclaimed production toured New Zealand – it was a smash hit at the 2005 Festival of Colour in Wanaka – before disappearing off the radar for several years. Around 2012, the comedy re-emerged as an ensemble production.
No sooner do town folk learn of ‘‘old girl’’ Norah Cox’s demise then city slicker, Richard, moves in with plans to transform the town.
Will the locals rally to head these plans off?
Lake Wanaka Centre, June 14-15, 7pm. Tickets from the college school office, $10 adults and $5 students.
College students rehearse a bar scene from Wheeler’s Luck.