MAKE MANAWATU MAYHEM
The muppets are making mayhem in the Manawatu with a funny and colourful production for all the family.
Muppet Mayhem is on at the Globe Theatre from Monday 5 – Friday 9 October with 12.30pm and 2pm performances. A wonderful young cast full of spark and energy will bring beloved characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef and the chickens to life – in lifelike form. Children will be wowed by the show’s amazing costuming which sees its actors wear giant life-size heads to represent the various characters. The story revolves around Miss Piggy, always wanting to hit the limelight and be Katy Perry, whilst oblivious to Kermit the Frog having a crush on her. Meanwhile the chickens are hatching a plot to take over the spot of back-up dancers while under outrageous hypnosis from Gonzo. Producer Damian Thorne says the vibrancy and fun interactivity of the live performances will make a huge difference for those who are used to seeing the Muppets on the big screen. “Audiences can get up and dance and it’s more affordable than the movies,” he says, with a $52 family pass available for two adults and three children. The show features a range of popular music, including ‘Rainbow Connection’ from the Muppets, ‘Firework’ and various other songs by Katy Perry, and several Demi Lavato hits. People can also expect to see the Muppets’ hilarious self-depreciating style at its very best. “But the message is always strong about being yourself and supporting others, as the Muppets always do – in the end,” says Damian. The cast will be alternating but is mainly made up of a talented group of Palmerston North Girls’ High School students, all of whom are sitting their NCEA this year. Dylan Irvin from ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ will be playing Kermit. “The cast are having fun being creative with their friends. It’s a very ‘work-shoppy’ environment,” says Damian.
Muppet Mayhem is presented by Manawatu Theatre Society and directed by Glenn London. Glenn has enjoyed working with the show’s impressive young talent, having been involved in children’s theatre for many years with a local musical theatre school as well as performing in numerous Palmerston North productions himself. He also wrote the show with Kathleen Elsmore. Musical supervision is being provided by Amy Hunt. • Bookings are available at the Globe Theatre Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm, by calling 06 351 4409 or online at www.globetheatre.co.nz $22 adult / $14 child / $52 family pass (two adults and three kids)