Uncle Sam theme for Tat­too

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

The Manawatu Tat­too has a strong Amer­i­can flavour to its mu­si­cal spec­tac­u­lar this week­end.

This year the US theme to the show will ex­plore rock ‘n’ roll danc­ing, hot rods, coun­try mu­sic, mo­tor­cy­cles, clas­sic cars and vin­tage ve­hi­cles.

Di­rec­tor Sheran Han­cock has en­gaged a line-up of over 200 per­form­ers for the April 29/30 show at Man­feild, headed by New Zealand coun­try mu­sic icon Suzanne Pren­tice. Suzanne has re­ceived an OBE for her ser­vice to mu­sic and last year was pre­sented with the Benny Award from the Va­ri­ety Artists Club of New Zealand, the high­est hon­our for a Kiwi en­ter­tainer.

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

The Tat­too is a ma­jor event on the Manawatu Scot­tish Pipe Band’s cal­en­dar. Sheran is a ded­i­cated en­thu­si­ast and a long-stand­ing mem­ber.

‘‘Giv­ing the young tal­ent in our com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity and ex­pe­ri­ence of per­form­ing in a pro­fes­sional set­ting within the arts field could in­spire them to carry on as they get older,’’ she says.

Peo­ple are in for a spec­tac­u­lar event. An elab­o­rate set in­clud­ing a Scot­tish cas­tle is be­ing erected at Man­feild.

Suzanne Pren­tice will head­line at the Manawatu Tat­too.

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