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Young cast pre­pares to stage a clas­sic mu­si­cal...

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It’s a younger cast for the Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety’s lat­est show, Grease, which opens to the pub­lic early next month.

‘‘I think Grease is such a clas­sic show,’’ pro­mo­tions man­ager Ann Jones said.

‘‘I sup­pose it just sort of at­tracts the younger ones.

‘‘They sort of like the up­beat ones.’’

The show has a cast of just over 50, with most be­ing a bit younger than pre­vi­ous per­for­mances.

Alexan­dra’s Hunter Hill will star as Danny and Wanaka’s Anna Munro as Sandy.

The cast is re­hears­ing four times a week at present and it is ‘‘look­ing re­ally good’’, Jones said.

The show is di­rected by Matt van den Ys­sel and chore­ographed by Danika Gil­bert.

There has al­ready been huge sup­port from the com­mu­nity, and Jones ex­pects large au­di­ences be­tween July 8 and 14 at the Alexan­dra Me­mo­rial Theatre.

‘‘It’s just such a pop­u­lar show. ‘‘Peo­ple know the songs and they just want to come along and see other peo­ple do­ing it.’’

Last year the Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety put on Pi­rates of Pen­zance, which won best Best Prop­er­ties and Best Wardrobe at the Otago South­land Theatre Awards ear­lier this year.

As well as Grease, the group will present a com­pi­la­tion show for its 60th re­union in Septem­ber.

What: Grease

Where: Alexan­dra Me­mo­rial Theatre

When: July 8 to July 14

Price: Adults $45, se­niors $35, chil­dren $20, fam­ily $100

More info: alex­mu­si­cal.co.nz and ba­bies aged 6 months to 2 years ev­ery Tues­day dur­ing term time, at Queenstown Li­brary from 10.30am11am.

Wrig­gle and Rhyme Wanaka:

Free songs and rhymes for 0-2 year olds at Wanaka Li­brary, 10 - 10.30am. Queenstown Toast­mas­ters: Meet ev­ery 1st, 3rd and when ap­pli­ca­ble 5th Tues­day from 7 pm to 8.30 pm at St John Rooms, Dou­glas St, Frank­ton. Vis­i­tors al­ways wel­come. Con­tact Char­lotte on 0279333464 or visit queen­stown­toast­mas­ters.org.nz Ro­tary Club: Wanaka Ro­tar­i­ans meet at the Mt Iron Gar­den Bar and Func­tion Cen­tre, Al­bert Town

Tav­ern, 6pm for 6.30pm.

Alexan­dra Pipe Band: meets Tues­days 7.30pm. Trans­port from Cromwell avail­able. Con­tact Duncan 4450400.

Fine Thyme Singers: meet Tues­days 7pm at the Sup­per Room, Lodge Bldg, Old Town. In­quiries 4453245.

Cromwell Drop-In Cen­tre: The Hut from 10am-2pm ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day. Play pool, bring crafts or a movie. Cost $4 and must be over 18. The Win­ter Col­lec­tion: Artists J.S. Parker, Richard Adams and Agneta Ekholm ex­hibit at gallery thirty three, Hel­wick St Wanaka. Un­til June 23. Cromwell Ro­tary Sum­mer Book Ex­change: at Free­way Or­chard Carpark, SH 8. Books for sale $5 each, books for ex­change $2 each. Gen­tle yoga: Lake Hawea yoga col­lec­tive presents weekly yoga classes. Ro­tat­ing teach­ers. Ev­ery Mon­day 5.45pm - 7.15pm and ev­ery Tues­day 9:15 to 10:45. Cost $15/$12. Con­tact jen.grat­i­tude@gmail.com. Hawea Playgroup: 9am-12.30pm on Mon­day, Tues­day and Thurs­days dur­ing school term, in the pink and yel­low build­ing op­po­site Hawea Flat Hall on Cam­phill Road. Pop in for a cof­fee and a play. You don’t have to live in Hawea.

Queenstown Art Group: Join at Queenstown Art Cen­tre, Bal­larat St. Wednesday 9.30am-2pm. Bring your own equip­ment and work with other artists. $5 per ses­sion Con­tact : Ruth 03 442 9193.


Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety’s Grease cast mem­bers, from left, Natal­ija Krsinic, Han­nah An­der­son and Mor­gan Pot­ter, all 16, and Sarah Vilela, 17.

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