Au­di­ence share stage with per­form­ers

The Southland Times - - NEWS - DAVE NICOLL

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.

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Alice Milne per­forms as part of In­ver­cargill Mu­si­cal The­atre’s Stars in Your Eyes the­atre restau­rant.

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