Show full of favourite old hits

Matamata Chronicle - - Classified - By NICKI DAVIDSON

If the mu­sic of Roy Or­bi­son, Buddy Holly, Abba or Johnny Cash makes you want to get up and dance, you won’t want to miss the Night of the Stars Va­ri­ety Show on Satur­day Novem­ber 20.

En­ter­tainer Tony Welling­ton, who won his heat as Roy Or­bi­son in New Zealand Stars In Their Eyes in 2008, will per­form with three oth­ers as well as a spe­cial guest and promised a great night out at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre.

‘‘You’ll have an ex­tremely good time. The songs from all your favourite artists will be per­formed and they re­ally sound like who they are sup­posed to be. There will be hu­mour, real in­ter­ac­tion with the crowd, spot prize give­aways and raf­fles. And the evening is for a great cause.

‘‘All pro­ceeds from the con­cert will go to Mata­mata Ro­tary Club for youth and lo­cal com­mu­nity projects.’’

Mr Welling­ton said it was his dad who in­flu­enced his mu­sic choice.

‘‘He used to lis­ten to records when I was a kid and there was only one ra­dio in the house with all those 50s and 60s tunes play­ing. Roy Or­bi­son played a bit and it grew on me.’’

He had now been per­form­ing ‘‘rea­son­ably pro­fes­sion­ally’’ for three years and loved it.

‘‘ It’s the in­ter­ac­tion with the crowd, the min­gling and mak­ing peo­ple laugh, when you hit those notes and peo­ple clap and cheer. It’s one thing to stand up and sing, it’s an­other to en­ter­tain. If the au­di­ence walk away smil­ing then you know you’ve done a good job.’’

Tick­ets for the 7pm con­cert are $20 and are avail­able from Paper Plus, Take Note and Su­per Liquor, al­though there may be some door sales on the night.

Per­former: Tony Welling­ton on stage as Buddy Holly.

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