With April ap­proach­ing, we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a switch from drama to com­edy in the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment scene. It’s a great way to see April in.

The in­au­gu­ral Globe Com­edy Club fea­tures early in the month. Five of New Zealand’s fore­most co­me­di­ans will de­liver a night of wit and one-lin­ers at The Globe on April 2. Hu­mour is a won­der­ful medicine and The Globe and Cen­tre­point want to be the laugh­ter lo­ca­tions for April.

Cen­tre­point’s Stag Week­end starts its six-week run on April 1. Four friends set out to bag a stag in the Tararuas but the fo­cus of the com­edy is how they reunite and the may­hem that fol­lows.

How­ever, it’s not all fun and laughs. Ac­tor Andrew Ford ex­plains the play is ‘‘also a thought­ful ex­am­i­na­tion of what it means to be a man in New Zealand.’’

Stag Week­end is di­rected by Jeff Kings­ford-Brown.

Manawatu Theatre So­ci­ety is also out to amuse and en­ter­tain its au­di­ence from April 14. Un­der the head­ing of Corps­ing, MTS is pre­sent­ing four one act plays, all of which are laced with hu­mour. They’re en­ti­tled Wait­ing for a Bus, Act­ing Ex­er­cise, Last Things and Hu­mour Helps and, while the themes are se­ri­ous, the play­wright ex­plores the ab­surd side of ev­ery situation.

It’s not of­ten you wake up dead and, while you’re in the park­ing lane to par­adise, you have a chance to re­flect on your the­atri­cal life and re­alise how im­por­tant per­for­mance has been to it.

I guess there’s a per­former in ev­ery­one and cer­tainly there is in HMS

Pinafore. The comedic mu­si­cal from Gil­bert and Sullivan ties up at the Re­gent’s wharf on April 22 and a fine cast of en­ter­tain­ers, di­rected by Geral­dine Bro­phy, breathe life into this mas­ter­piece.

On a more se­ri­ous note – or plenty of them – the Manawatu Stan­dard presents Si­na­tra Lives – The First 100

Years. One of the world’s great­est pop­u­lar/jazz vo­cal­ists was born 100 years ago and is be­ing cel­e­brated in venues around the globe.

On Satur­day, April 9, New Zealand’s top Si­na­tra singers and mu­si­cians join forces to pay trib­ute to Old Blue Eyes. The line-up in­cludes the Rodger Fox Big Band with vo­cal­ists Ray Woolf, Erna Ferry, Steve Car­lin and Grant Sullivan as the bobby sox Si­na­tras.

The show is packed full of great Si­na­tra songs but It’s not just a mu­si­cal treat. The Re­gent on Broad­way has turned it into a pro­duc­tion with dancers, vi­su­als and a spe­cial Amer­i­can nar­ra­tor. Frank Si­na­tra sings I get a

kick out of you and you’ll get a kick out of this spec­tac­u­lar pro­duc­tion.

In this is­sue we also wel­come back John Lynch, CEO of Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena. John has plenty of ideas and plans to fur­ther de­velop the Are­nas. Watch this space.

Ray Woolf who will be per­form­ing in Si­na­tra Lives – The First 100 Years pre­sented by the Manawatu Stan­dard in The Re­gent on Broad­way on April 9.

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