Audience share stage with performers
Invercargill Musical Theatre has ventured into uncharted space with their new show Stars in Your Eyes.
After a two-year break from the theatre restaurant format, the group has returned with an entirely different production, where both the audience and performers will share the stage at the Civic Theatre.
Those with stage fright need not be afraid, the audience will still play their traditional role, the only difference is the theatre restaurant will take place within the confines of the stage area.
Invercargill Musical Theatre vice president Bernadette Gourley said the production was unique and she believed it was the first time the stage had been used as a venue.
The audience will be seated at their tables on the stage, giving them close up view of the action while giving them a feel for the mechanics of the stage, Gourley said.
There was a cast of 18 formers and an additional perfive dancers, who have been rehearsand energy that they would have ing for the past three months. previously dedicated to a theatre
The personas they would adopt restaurant production. This year on stage for the show had been the timing did not feel right to put kept secret from friends and familon another youth production, so ies, and all would be revealed instead they would do a theatre tonight during the opening night restaurant show and shift their Community and Voluntary Sector performance, Gourley said. next youth production, Beauty and Minister Peeni Henare has
The Ascot Park Hotel was caterthe Beast, to March, she said. announced $5 million will go into ing the event. There were plenty of tickets for growing New Zealand’s social
The theatre restaurant had not those wanting to see the show, enterprise sector. The funding will be gone ahead last year because the which starts tonight and runs administered over four years by the group was focusing on their first until November 24. Department of Internal Affairs, which youth ¯ theAhaspartneredwith production, The Wizard of Those who did not buy tickets kina Oz. would be disappointed they missed Foundation to develop a programme
Gourley said putting on a youth out once they got a taste for the to expand New Zealand’s social production took up a lot of time show, Gourley said. enterprise market.
Alice Milne performs as part of Invercargill Musical Theatre’s Stars in Your Eyes theatre restaurant.