MUP­PETS

MAKE MANAWATU MAY­HEM

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY! -

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)

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