Free Unity Singers show to celebrate seasons
Forty-three years ago in Palmerston North’s old Opera House, the Unity Singers began a longstanding tradition.
On every following Mother’s Day, the choir performed a variety show, which continued at the Regent on Broadway when the refurbished theatre reopened in 1998.
That was until last year, when the free themed variety performance moved from Mothers Day in May to June.
The theme of that first ‘non-Mothers Day’ Mothers Day show was fantasy and classic Disney.
This year, the choir’s musical director Helen O’Connor said the concert would be a celebration of the four seasons.
‘‘Spring sees us in Europe, featuring a maypole dance, with the songs Come to the Fair, Tulips from Amsterdam accompanied by a traditional Dutch clog dance, and Edelweiss from The Sound of Music.’’
The summer segment will be introduced by The Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun, before the location crosses the Atlantic to the USA with the presentation of a Beach Boys medley.
Autumnal songs will see the performance of standards such as Paper Moon, September Song and Autumn Leaves and the uptempo Love Is In the Air.
Supporting the choir is a range of local guest performers.
Among them are violinist Melanie Pinkney, accompanied by Guy Donaldson; the Hato Paora College choir and poi dancers; the Maureen Ax School of Ballet and the ABC Hip Hop Dance Group.
Fresh from the jazz festival come the Savage Club Campbell Street Boys, while there’ll be a performance by skating club figure skaters, with Jackson Barrett on ukulele.
The free admission matinee is on this Sunday, June 11 in the Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North, at 1.30pm.
The Unity Singers rehearse for their annual variety concert in the Regent on Broadway.