Singing up a mu­sic storm

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - ELEANOR WENMAN

Pack­ing five dif­fer­ent shows into one is a chal­lenge, but the Up­per Hutt Mu­si­cal The­atre group is ready to tackle it.

The group will be putting on the Mu­si­cal of Mu­si­cals - The Mu­si­cal, a par­ody of mu­si­cal the­atre - but you don’t have to know a lot about the the­atre to un­der­stand it, di­rec­tor Jac­qui Wil­son said.

‘‘This pro­duc­tion grabbed my at­ten­tion early last year. I loved the idea of a par­ody of mu­si­cal the­atre - it ap­peals to my sense of hu­mour.’’

The mu­si­cal is bro­ken into five parts, each par­o­dy­ing the style of fa­mous mu­sic the­atre direc­tors. Each sec­tion will also be directed by a dif­fer­ent per­son from UHMT.

‘‘It’s ba­si­cally one story told five dif­fer­ent ways,’’ Wil­son said. ’’The story is the same but the mu­sic is com­pletely dif­fer­ent.’’

Re­hearsals are pick­ing up for the Up­per Hutt Mu­si­cal The­atre (UHMT). The show it­self will be per­formed later this year.

Wil­son, along with UHMT pres­i­dent Jenny Quin, was ex­cited to get un­der way with the show.

‘‘[The ac­tors] are so so tal­ented,’’ Wil­son said.

The story it­self fol­lows a sim­ple premise: A young woman, June, can’t pay her rent and must deal with the ‘‘evil land­lord’’.

‘‘Some of the parts are quite mu­si­cally dif­fi­cult,’’ Quin said.

The first sec­tion would be directed by Quin and would be done in a Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein style - the same style as The Sound of Mu­sic.

Other sec­tions would par­ody styles such as An­drew Lloyd Web­ber (Cats, Je­sus Christ Su­per­star) and Kan­der and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret).

The end­ings change from sec­tion to sec­tion, too, re­flect­ing the nar­ra­tive style of each com­poser.

The props and cos­tumes as well as a lot of the be­hind-thescenes work is done with the help of their friends and char­i­ta­ble com­mu­nity groups, such as the Up­per Hutt Cossie Club and Trust House.

‘‘We couldn’t get by with­out them and all of the vol­un­teers,’’ Wil­son said, ‘‘They are just so spe­cial.’’

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