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.