A smor­gas­bord of styles

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - RICHARD MAYS

Fif­teen years of mu­si­cal tour­ing will be cel­e­brated when Oper­atu­nity brings the last of this year’s Day­time Con­cert Series to Life Church.

The spe­cial gala con­cert would see seven per­form­ers fea­ture in a gala pre­sen­ta­tion of mu­si­cal styles that in­cludes mu­si­cal theatre, proms, comic and novelty songs, as well as sen­ti­men­tal bal­lads.

Oper­atu­nity co-founder Su­san Boland said it would be a ‘‘best of the best show­case, plus a few sur­prises’’.

A hit with au­di­ences since he joined the troupe is former Manawatu mu­si­cal theatre star Karl Perigo.

Perigo per­formed along­side Boland, Bon­aven­ture Al­lan-Moetaua and his un­cle Lind­say Perigo in Oper­atu­nity’s Oc­to­ber pro­duc­tion of Lanza.

Join­ing the trio for the gala, will be the pro­fes­sional tour­ing com­pany’s other co-founder John Cameron, boosted by singers Lynette Martin and Scot Hall, and pi­anist Paul Carnegie-Jones.

‘‘It’s hard to be­lieve that from hav­ing just nine in our first au­di­ence, we now sing to thou­sands of peo­ple through­out New Zealand each month.

‘‘To sur­vive for 15 years in this highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket is fab­u­lous. We look for­ward to do­ing it for many more years yet,’’ Boland said.

Not only pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment, she said the com­pany gave per­form­ing artists em­ploy­ment, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure in its more than 200 an­nual con­certs around the coun­try.

‘‘The com­pany has 15 full time staff The Great Mario and over 30 artists on con­tract each year, all with­out any gov­ern­ment fund­ing or other spon­sor­ship.’’

2016 also marked the tenth an­niver­sary of the Oper­atu­nity Travel Club, which runs fully es­corted, spe­cially tai­lored trips along arts, cul­ture and mu­sic themes.

Next year it will book more than 15 do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional trips for mu­sic lovers.

Those who at­tend the De­cem­ber 14 con­cert can take part in a num­ber of prize draws as well as en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion for a trip for two to Syd­ney, val­ued at more than $10,000.

Oper­atu­nity’s 15th An­niver­sary Gala is at 11am in Life Church on Feather­ston St.

In­di­vid­ual and group book­ings are avail­able on­line and at the door.

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Oper­atu­nity’s Su­san Boland and Bon­aven­ture Al­lan-Moetaua help cel­e­brate 15 years on the road.

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