Christ­mas in The Square

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

Santa will be well and truly in the fes­tive mood from Satur­day after the Rodger Fox Big Band have jazzed up the place.

The Christ­mas in The Square head­line act comes with show­biz leg­end Ray Woolf as singer and em­cee, along with Grant Sul­li­van, vo­cal­ist from the Si­na­tra Lives show ear­lier this year.

The city’s in­ter­na­tional jazz chanteuse Erna Ferry, and star of Abbey Mu­si­cal Theatre’s Dusty, Amy Hunt com­plete the Big Band vo­cal line-up.

‘‘There’s a night mar­ket; the car park will be chocka with food trucks; there’s a whack of free chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, and plenty of other per­for­mances be­fore Rodger and the Big Band take the stage at 7.30pm,’’ said event or­gan­iser Dun­can McCann.

Other per­form­ers are young up-and-com­ing vo­cal­ists Tyra Barker and Olivia Costello, Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School’s OK Cho­rale, the Dance­works Stu- dio dancers, the Manawataki drum­mers, and the Unified Gospel Choir.

Join­ing in with Christ­mas tunes and ex­cerpts from his cur­rent Globe show All The Right Notes, will be en­ter­tainer Kane Par­sons.

Christ­mas in The Square com­mences at 5pm. Words to the sin­ga­long part of the con­cert will be on the big screen, with Santa ar­riv­ing just be­fore 9pm. The wet weather venue is the Re­gent on Broad­way.

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The Rodger Fox Big Band and guests are com­ing to the pre-Christ­mas party in The Square.

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