Na­tiv­ity set in the big top

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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