Re­turn of Kiwi sum­mer clas­sic to Cen­tre­point

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY! -

The sum­mer hol­i­days are on their way so, to cel­e­brate, Cen­tre­point The­atre is bring­ing back a Palmy clas­sic, Boys at the Beach, to close its 2015 sea­son.

It’s 1973, the New Zealand cricket team has lost to Aus­tralia, and a hol­i­day for four young men is about to trans­form into a life­time bond when, to­gether, they buy a sec­tion at the beach. Span­ning 23 years, we see the blokes (and later their fam­i­lies) drink, sing, play cricket and hang around the barbie.

The playm, a hi­lar­i­ous take on our Kiwi sum­mer rit­u­als writ­ten by Manawatu favourites Ali­son Quigan and Ross Gum­b­ley, Boys at the Beach is set to delight.

Cen­tre­point The­atre has a sig­nif­i­cant re­la­tion­ship with Quigan and Gum­b­ley and their plays. The former artis­tic di­rec­tor and as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor, re­spec­tively, have pre­miered five of their plays in Palmer­ston North. Their most re­cent pro­duc­tion here, a re­vival of their hit play Shop ‘Til You Drop, played to sell-out crowds and great re­views in 2013.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of orig­i­nal cast mem­ber Lucy Sch­midt, Boys at the Beach brings to­gether an ex­cit­ing cast of Cen­tre­point reg­u­lars and new­com­ers. Cur­rent artis­tic di­rec­tor Jeff Kings­fordBrown re­turns to the Cen­tre­point stage for the first time since 2013 smash hit Stock­cars: The Mu­si­cal along­side Pa­trick Davies ( The 39 Steps), Stephen Papps ( Penin­sula), and Re­nee Sheridan ( En­light­en­ment).

Doug Brooks (TV’s Re­ichen­bach Falls) and Yvette Par­sons (TV’s Su­per City) make their Cen­tre­point de­buts, as does Michael van Echten, a Horowhenua lo­cal who grad­u­ates from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School with a Bach­e­lor of Per­form­ing Arts dur­ing the sea­son.

Re­mem­ber The Mo­tor Camp and Stock­cars: The Mu­si­cal? Some of Cen­tre­point’s most suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tions have been their an­nual Christ­mas show and Boys at the Beach will be a cracker sum­mer com­edy in the same vein.

Get some mates to­gether, en­joy the din­ner and show deal or pop in early and grab a drink at the bar, and help cel­e­brate the end of Cen­tre­point’s 2015 sea­son in style.

Boys at the Beach runs from Novem­ber 7 to De­cem­ber 19. Pre­view night is Novem­ber 6. Tick­ets: Adults ($38), se­niors and un­der 30s ($30), stu­dents ($18), din­ner and show ($68), at Cen­tre­point The­atre, 280 Church Street, Palmer­ston North. Book­ings 06-354-5740 or www.cen­tre­point.co.nz.

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