That’s what we’re here for
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.