Mayor happy to limit ex­po­sure in cameo

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - JONO ED­WARDS

MAY­ORS of­ten like ex­po­sure, but not usu­ally of the fleshly kind.

Per­haps that is why, in repris­ing his role in the Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety’s 2011 pro­duc­tion of The Full Monty in the so­ci­ety’s 60th ju­bilee show, Cen­tral Otago’s singing Mayor Tim Cado­gan chose to per­form his cameo number with cos­tume on.

Mr Cado­gan ap­peared in the first two per­for­mances of the ju­bilee show, called Show­time, which ended on Tues­day night.

He per­formed the number Big­ass Rock with for­mer Full Monty cast­mates Mark Tem­ple­ton and Kieron In­gram.

Mr Cado­gan said the so­ci­ety had been kind enough to al­low him to ‘‘pop in and out’’ as he had been un­able to ap­pear in the fi­nal two per­for­mances be­cause of may­oral du­ties.

He was thank­ful he did not have to per­form the mu­si­cal’s sig­na­ture strip­ping number for the ju­bilee show.

‘‘When we did the show


orig­i­nally, we did fin­ish with a great amount of trust be­ing placed in the light­ing di­rec­tor to get the light­ing right when we re­moved our hats.’’

Mr Cado­gan has per­formed in many of the so­ci­ety’s pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing its yearly Stars in Their Eyes show, in which he once im­i­tated Su­san Boyle.

Show­time di­rec­tor Matt van den Ys­sel said Mr Cado­gan had great con­fi­dence on stage.

‘‘He au­di­tioned for Grease this year and we tried to get him in for a cameo, but it just didn’t work out.

‘‘I’ve been im­pressed with his per­for­mances since I was a young­ster.’’


Re­union . . . Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tim Cado­gan (right), Mark Tem­ple­ton (left) and Kieron In­gram re­hearse for the Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety’s 60th ju­bilee show.

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