Elec­tions not far

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

It is plain that South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil is in the post­plans eu­pho­ria and while they mesh in to na­tion­wide lo­cal body loans author­ity (who is to re­struc­ture debt) re­call our money, $24 mil­lion or so?

We re­alise when the in­creased rates start start to bite us that it’s only the coun­cil and Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil’s long term plan kick­ing in. Re­mem­ber lo­cal body elec­tions are just over a year away.

L Craig Toko­roa ages rang­ing from 20 to 75, male and fe­male, the old­est be­ing a di­rec­tor of lo­cal shows and we all had dif­fer­ing an­tic­i­pa­tions.

The cur­tains open and it doesn’t take long for all of us to be­come to­tally ab­sorbed by the spec­ta­cle and fur­ther into that en­gross­ment, with all the fun in­curred along the way.

Not only are these gals, er guys, ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic and skil­ful, they are just so funny tak­ing the ’’mickey’’ out of ev­ery­one on stage.

The show just keeps go­ing and at no stage does it let up.

Gee, it’s in­ter­val al­ready and time to get re­fresh­ments and stretch your legs.

One more thing about the break is the se­lec­tion of good­ies and at un­be­liev­ably mea­gre prices, un­like other theatres. Good on you Plaza The­atre.

The sec­ond half goes far too quickly and i am as­tounded that it is . . . ’’fin­ish­ing’’? no, this can’t be the end al­ready? Yes, it is. But, like Oliver, I want some more. Maybe an­other time.

The foot po­si­tions, the foot move­ments (one is where they put them and the other, what they did with them), the hand swings and the fa­cials were just un­be­liev­able.

We talked about it later and de­cided, per­haps it was long enough and that we ap­pre­ci­ated it so much, some felt they might go to see it again at Hamil­ton. I per­son­ally could have watched an­other 20 or 30 min­utes most com­fort­ably.

To Ni­cola and staff, first of all you brought the show to Pu­taruru, good on you. Your man­age­ment of the evening was top-of-the range and the heat­ing was wel­comed on a frosty night. Se­condly, you sus­tained that en­thu­si­asm right through the whole evening. Well done ev­ery­one.

It was great to see a good house al­though it should have been com­pletely full. The au­di­ence was a real mixed bunch, all be­haved ex­tremely well and all lov­ing the pro­gramme and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the art of en­ter­tain­ing.

We asked Ni­cola after­wards about the cast and she said they were lovely peo­ple, laid back, easy go­ing and good to get on with. That summed up a per­fect evening’s out­ing.

And when we went home, it was time to read the pro­gramme or go to the ‘net to learn more about these peo­ple.

That in it­self was worth­while and il­lu­mi­nat­ing, putting things in per­spec­tive. These are very tal­ented men who dress as women not only to give us a laugh, but do it to dis­play what it takes to per­form bal­let.

To Ni­cola and the mem­bers of the South Waikato Arts Trust, con­grat­u­la­tions for bring­ing a world-wide at­trac­tion to the coun­try and do­ing it so well.

A Webb Te Awa­mutu

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