Jour­ney back in time on the stage

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This year’s Te Puke High School pro­duc­tion is go­ing to take its au­di­ences on a jour­ney — a jour­ney back to a time.

At the des­ti­na­tion, Michael Jackson and Rick Astley were the kings of pop, bub­ble skirts and blue eye­shadow were cool and Atari was cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy. It’s a jour­ney Back To The 80s.

Set in the USA, Back To The 80s — The To­tally Awe­some Mu­si­cal tells the story of the se­nior class of Wil­liam Ocean High School that grad­u­ated in the 1980s, as re­mem­bered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-some­thing in the 21st cen­tury.

The then 17-yearold Corey is madly in love with his nextdoor neigh­bour, Tif­fany Hous­ton, who barely no­tices this, as she is too busy moon­ing over Michael Feld­man, the hottest guy around.

While Corey and his friends may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Fear­gal McFer­rin III, whose best friend is his com­puter, and who be­lieves the crazy no­tion that one day CDs will re­place cas­sette tapes.

Mean­while, the teach­ers are having is­sues of their own.

Mr Cocker, after be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship for two years with the ap­par­ently con­ser­va­tive English teacher Miss Sheena Bran­ni­gan, he finds out she is keep­ing a se­cret that causes him to doubt ev­ery­thing about her. Throw in a Star Wars dream se­quence, high-en­ergy dance rou­tines, the oblig­a­tory 80s party scene, co­pi­ous amounts of blue eye-shadow, 20 cans of hair­spray, as well as some of the most pop­u­lar songs ever writ­ten, and the re­sult is a mu­si­cal that will delight and amuse an au­di­ence of any age. Back To The 80s — The To­tally Awe­some Mu­si­cal is writ­ten by Neil Good­ing and is pre­sented by ar­range­ment by David Spicer Pro­duc­tions. Back To The 80s — The To­tally Awe­some Mu­si­cal sea­son will start with a gala open­ing on June 26, with preshow nib­bles, in­ter­val desserts and cof­fee, juice and wine. Tick­ets for this show will be $25 per per­son and if you would like to book a ta­ble for a group, please con­tact the school of­fice and let them know how many are in your group. The rest of the sea­son runs from June 27 to 30 at 7.30pm. Tick­ets are $12 for adults and $8 for school stu­dents ($36 fam­ily con­ces­sion of two adults and two stu­dents) and can be pur­chased at the school of­fice.

Bri­ana Pel­ham and Jonique Boyle are “nerds” in the new Te Puke High School mu­si­cal.

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