Standing ovation for world premiere
Aotearoa: A New Zealand Rock Musical by Jamie Lawrence Directed by Lorraine Lepper; Musical director Ramon Oza; Choreography Margaret & Caitlin Sanson. Levin Performing Arts, November 27 – December 12
Fans of classic Kiwi music should enjoy this environmentally flavoured rock musical. It’s Sydney-based writer Jamie Lawrence attended the ‘world’ premiere as this simple tale of green activism was lovingly wrapped in some of the greatest old-school Kiwi hits.
From Whaling to I See Red, Anchor Me to Nature, Bliss to Don’t Dream its Over and finishing with a haka, For Today and the Gumboot Song, the musical story of environmentalists versus greedy developer was backed by Te Horo band Black Eyed Susie.
Well staged, the show segued seamlessly as environmental lawyer, Maxine Rawhiti played by Cat Lamb is drawn to her Westland roots in opposition to the building of a resort hotel.
The production came up trumps with Asaria Saili as fisherman Dan, and Geena Collins-Oldham as Sash. While not all the voices were as strong, the band kept on pumping out the hits for a great foot-tapping, feel-good show that drew a standing ovation.