Mem­o­rable farewell by show­case singers

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It’s the end of an ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing era for the Show­case Singers.

The Singers, es­tab­lished by Kathi Craig more than 15 years ago, will present their fi­nal mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion at The Globe Theatre on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 3 at 7.30pm. Their ti­tle is Thanks for the

Mem­ory where they look back on mu­sic and move­ment from the favourite shows that they’ve pre­sented in venues around the Manawatu.

The 30-strong com­pany has grown from peo­ple who never thought they could be taught or star in a show to ac­com­plished and con­fi­dent per­form­ers.

‘‘They’ve gone from ap­pre­hen­sion and fear to fame,’’ Kathi Craig says.

‘‘A num­ber of them have played lead­ing and sup­port­ing roles in lo­cal mu­si­cals, pro­vided the back­bone for the cho­rus or achieved dis­tinc­tion in Trin­ity Col­lege of Lon­don ex­am­i­na­tions.’’

‘‘This is the fi­nal op­por­tu­nity for the singers to show­case their tal­ent, how­ever, be­cause they are such a close knit group of peo­ple, they’ll con­tinue to so­cialise and utilise their mu­si­cal skills in all ar­eas of theatre both back­stage and in per­for­mance,’’ Kathi says.

‘‘We have a loyal au­di­ence who’ll en­joy the mu­sic and be proud of the way the Show­case Singers have grown in con­fi­dence and de­vel­oped mu­si­cally and ar­tis­ti­cally.’’

Guest artist is Dou­glas Ran­som, a pri­vate stu­dent of Kathi Craig and a for­mer mem­ber of Show­case Singers. Dou­glas was a soloist in last Sun­day’s Last Night of The Proms and in Thanks for the Mem­ory he’ll sing such num­bers as

On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady, If I Can’t Love Her

from Beauty and the Beast, Out There from Hunch­back of Notre Dame and Into the Fire from The Scar­let Pimpernel.

Kathi, as artis­tic di­rec­tor, will sing sev­eral of her favourites such as Can’t Help Lov­ing that Man of Mine from Show­boat, The Rain in Spain from My Fair Lady and the cel­e­brated cabaret num­ber from The Merry Widow, The Grisettes of Paris ac­com­pa­nied by six of her Show­case Singers.

Thanks for the Mem­ory in­cludes ex­cerpts from mu­si­cals such as

South Pa­cific, Irma Le Douce, High

So­ci­ety, Prince of Egypt and Show­boat. In­cluded in the mon­tage will be so­los, duets and ensem­ble num­bers giv­ing the Show­case Singers the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate their tal­ent.

The show will start and end with the Bob Hope num­ber Thanks for

the Mem­ory. On the fi­nal time the au­di­ence will be in­vited to join with the Singers and re­live 30 won­der­ful years of Start Singing, the mu­si­cal phe­nom­e­non that Kathi es­tab­lished in the South Is­land and brought to Palmer­ston North.

Thanks for the Mem­ory, with artis­tic di­rec­tor, Kathi Craig, stage di­rec­tor Pat Snox­ell, con­duc­tor Mal­colm Hop­wood and ac­com­pa­nists, Stephen Fisher and Roger Buchanan, will be pre­sented at The Globe Theatre on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 3, at 7.30pm. Tick­ets $25 (adults), $22 (10 plus) are avail­able from The Globe.

Kathi Craig’s Show­case Singers pre­pare for their end of an era con­cert at the Globe Theatre.

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