That’s what we’re here for

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It never stops to amaze the Gen­eral Man­ager of the Re­gent on Broad­way what comes through the door.

Take May 2017 for ex­am­ple. The theatre is full to ca­pac­ity with lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional shows and events.

Al­most ev­ery day there’s a dif­fer­ent event that has the po­ten­tial to at­tract a dif­fer­ent au­di­ence.

As the Re­gent on Broad­way com­pletes its 18th year since its restoration in 1998, Gen­eral Man­ager Charles Forbes knows it’s ful­fill­ing its pur­pose as a com­mu­nity theatre, avail­able for hire to in­di­vid­u­als, groups and out­side pro­mot­ers who bring the best of en­ter­tain­ment to Palmer­ston North au­di­ences.

Charles points to May as a typ­i­cal month in the life of the Re­gent. It kicks off on May 4 with the Pink Floyd Ex­pe­ri­ence, a group of tal­ented New Zealan­ders who’ve recre­ated the stage per­for­mance of the leg­endary Bri­tish band. The fol­low­ing night Moscow Bal­let presents the most fa­mous bal­let of all, Swan Lake.

Then the theatre ex­pe­ri­ences a ma­jor aca­demic turn when Massey Univer­sity holds its Grad­u­a­tion Cer­e­monies from May 8 to 11.

‘‘They’ve been a reg­u­lar, wel­come book­ing for many years,’’ Charles says.

The NZME En­ter­tain Us tal­ent quest fol­lows im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards and then the theatre will echo to the dis­tinc­tive sound of John Den­ver, well al­most. New Zealand artist Be­van Gar­diner recre­ates the pu­rity of the artist’s voice in Take Me Home – The Mu­sic And Life of John Den­ver.

Trav­el­ling shows have to be­gin and end some­where and Tiki

Taane Mahuta has cho­sen Palmer­ston North to launch their New Zealand tour­ing pro­duc­tion. While Tiki Taane Mahuta will per­form on May 19, its pro­duc­tion team has booked out the Re­gent all week to pre­pare for their na­tional tour.

‘‘It’s a com­pli­ment to us that our theatre and fa­cil­i­ties have been cho­sen for such a unique and im­por­tant pro­duc­tion,’’ Charles says.

No theatre can be com­plete with­out a touch of theatre and on May 20, Roger Hall’s lat­est hit com­edy comes to Palmer­ston North. Four Flat Whites In Italy, the story of four Ki­wis with a mid­dle age spread, who, later-in-life, travel to Italy, is staged with the en­chant­ing chil­dren’s clas­sic The

13-Storey Tree­house the fol­low­ing day. Andy Grif­fiths’ and Terry Den­ton’s best-sell­ing book comes to life on stage.

Our pre-em­i­nent orches­tra, the New Zealand Symphony Orches­tra gives a schools’ per­for­mance on May 24 fol­lowed by Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand and in be­tween

Stage Chal­lenge, a na­tion­wide dance, drama and de­sign spec­tac­u­lar in­volv­ing hun­dreds of young peo­ple, will be held.

In the course of the month just about ev­ery as­pect of per­form­ing arts will be staged at the Re­gent on Broad­way. That’s what we’re here for.

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