Nativity set in the big top
What would it have been like if baby Jesus was born into a circus? If Herod was a lion tamer and the Three Wise Men were trapeze artists?
The Putaruru Community not only know what it would be like, they want to show you in their musical extravaganza The Greatest Show on Earth.
Pride in Putaruru manager Annie Waterworth, together with the Putaruru Theatre Players, has brought a mixture of comedy, circus acts, drama and harmonic singing to this actionfilled production which starts tomorrow evening.
The Nativity story takes place in a circus with Herod, the Three Wise Men and the shepherds transforming into friendly circus folk – from a lion tamer to clowns.
God’s angels, played by 14-year-old Jordan Harper and 13-year-old Tegan Totterdell will be suspended from the ceiling on a big ring and ribbons.
‘‘They have both been well trained and are a drawcard. We also have In Flight Circus School in our production – it is fantastic,’’ Mrs Waterworth said.
The show which is the first of its kind, has been given the thumbs up by the Putaruru churches.
‘‘They loved it,’’ Mrs Waterworth said.
Te Waotu School principal Bruce Darroch is directing the play while Paul Bowers-Mason is musical director.
Mary is played by Christy Campbell, Dougy Petley is Joseph and John McLean is Herod.
The roles of the Three Wise Men are played by Vaughan Hawkins, Dominic Bowers-Mason and David Bowers-Mason.
Circus ringmaster is Sue Harper and Mrs Waterworth plays the inn keeper. Annie Waterworth,
Victoria BowersMason, Christian Bidois, Jordan Harper and Brady McMahon play shepherds.
Mrs Waterworth said the show was a ‘‘ must see’’.
‘‘This is not your typical musical; we have 22 songs and a cast with an age range from eight through to 80,’’ she said. ‘‘One woman who saw our practice said she got goosebumps from the singing. It’s going to be great.’’
The Greatest Show on Earth will be performed at the Putaruru Plaza at 7.30pm tomorrow and Friday with a matinee on Saturday beginning at 2pm.
Tickets for the show are available from the Putaruru Information Centre and the Putaruru Plaza.
HO HO HO: Christmas will be celebrated in the next three weeks as annual santa parades are held across the South Waikato. Mangakino’s parade is taking place this Saturday in the town centre from 11am. Tokoroa’s Christmas parade (pictured) will be held on Saturday, December 4. Starting at 11am the parade runs down Bridge St ending in Leith Place. Last but not least is Putaruru which will its parade on Friday, December 10 at 6pm. Floats will make their way down Overdale St and Princes St.