Amer­i­can flavour in­jected into tat­too


From lit­tle be­gin­nings the Manawatu Tat­too has be­come a big cir­cle on the cal­en­dar for hun­dreds of per­form­ers and fans.

Over 200 per­form­ers will be part of a mu­si­cal spec­tac­u­lar on April 29-30, where an Amer­i­can theme will take over what is tra­di­tion­ally a Scot­tish show.

Di­rec­tor Sheran Han­cock’s vi­sion and flair will come to the fore as an elab­o­rate set, which in­cludes a Scot­tish cas­tle, will go up in the Man­feild Sta­dium.

This year’s theme will ex­plore sev­eral Amer­i­can ideas, such as rock ‘n roll danc­ing, hot rods, coun­try mu­sic and mo­tor­cy­cles.

New Zealand coun­try mu­sic icon Suzanne Pren­tice will be the guest per­former.

Her ser­vice to mu­sic was recog­nised when she was made an of­fi­cer of the or­der of the Bri­tish Empire in 1995.

Also on the billing is Feild­ing In­ter­me­di­ate School, Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School’s stage band and OK Cho­rale, Manawatu and youth pipe bands, high­land dancers, the Swamp City Big Band and the Rose City Rock ‘n Roll Club.

The show will have an au­to­mo­tive el­e­ment, with clas­sic cars, hot rods and vin­tage mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles on show.

‘‘There is so much tal­ent in our com­mu­nity, espe­cially among our younger peo­ple.

‘‘Giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity and ex­pe­ri­ence of per­form­ing in a pro­fes­sional set­ting within the arts field may in­spire them to con­tinue as they get older.

‘‘Many of our past per­form­ers have gone on to have suc­cess­ful ca­reers in their cho­sen art forms.

‘‘All pro­ceeds go di­rectly back into our com­mu­nity and those per­form­ing will ben­e­fit by the ex­pe­ri­ence and op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in this show.’’

The tat­too is a core ac­tiv­ity for the Manawatu Scot­tish Pipe Band, of which Han­cock is a long stand­ing mem­ber.

The first tat­too in 2010 helped to raise the pro­file of Manawatu air train­ing cadets. As a re­sult, ad­di­tional events were held in 2012 and 2014.

Man­feild chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Keane said Han­cock had a knack for putting on a great show.

‘‘This is in­trin­si­cally a com­mu­nity event - this year’s theme, Amer­i­cana, might per­haps seem off the wall for a show that is based around cel­e­bra­tion of High­land tra­di­tion, but if any­one can pull it off, Sheran and her amaz­ing crew of vol­un­teers can.’’


The Manawatu Tat­too re­turns to Man­feild on April 29 with an Amer­i­cana theme.

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