Par­ody of small town cul­ture

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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.

MANDY SHERSON

Col­lege stu­dents re­hearse a bar scene from Wheeler’s Luck.

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