Jackie Clarke to MC awards event

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Jackie Clarke has been se­cured as MC for the South­ern Tararua Busi­ness Awards evening which will be held on Oc­to­ber 13 in Woodville at the Sports Sta­dium.

She has per­formed with every­one from Dave Dob­byn to the NZSO. Jackie is in­stantly recog­nis­able from her time judg­ing NZ Idol — she was the one in the mid­dle wear­ing the bling.

Prior TV cred­its in­clude judge of the TV1 tal­ent show Show­case, co-host of Satur­day Live (TV2), a star­ring role in TV3’s hit com­edy se­ries Skitz and it’s spin-off sit­com The Semi­sis, and Christ­mas in the Park for many years. Jackie has also pre­sented four doc­u­men­taries — Wise Women and Song (TV1), Twins (TV2), AN­ZAC Songs (TVNZ) and the Scot­tish episode of The Set­tlers se­ries (TVNZ).

Jackie is no stranger to the stage hav­ing starred in A Christ­mas Carol (ATC), Mum’s the Word ( NZ tour), Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat (NZ tour), Porgy and Bess (Mer­cury Theatre), Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors (Sky City Theatre) The Un­der­wa­ter Melon Man ( NZ In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of the Arts) and The World Goes Round (Sky City Theatre). Jackie is also a main­stay of the an­nual kids the­atri­cal block­buster The Hairy Maclary Show. Jackie com­pleted a suc­cess­ful sea­son of Broad­way Big­ger Than Ever at Palmer­ston North’s Re­gent Theatre and ATC’s 2006 Christ­mas pro­duc­tion Sweet Char­ity.

Jackie loves a show tune and has belted them out in sev­eral re­vues — Sirens (with Tina Cross) for the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia, Christchurch Sym­phony and Taranaki Arts Fes­ti­val, Broad­way Song­birds with El­lie Smith at Down­stage Theatre and the Christchurch Fes­ti­val and Love Hate Re­la­tion­ship with Tim Bev­eridge and Penny Dodd for the Tau­ranga Arts Fes­ti­val.

Jackie is well known as part of the kitsch ki­wiana trio When The Cat’s Been Spayed, that boasted two suc­cess­ful al­bums, count­less na­tional tours, a plethora of Lotto ad­ver­tise­ments and its own Coun­try Cal­en­dar spe­cial. She’s also toured with Dave Dob­byn, An­nie Crum­mer and the Nether­world Danc­ing Toys and guested on record­ings by Crum­mer, Dob­byn, The NDTs, Wayne Mason, Greg John­son and Jonathon Besser. She cut her teeth as a teenager in the band March­ing Or­ders and went on to be a big part of the Welling­ton mu­sic scene in the 80s fea­tur­ing in The Laun­drettes, Putty, Big Fid­dle and Strung Out.

Jackie sings in many groups in­clud­ing the alt coun­try combo The Dar­lings, the vo­cal quar­tet The Lady Killers and the polyester sen­sa­tion that is Ab­ba­li­cious. She even finds time to sing in the a cap­pella gospel choir Ju­bi­la­tion and jam on Hi 5 songs at home with sons Stan and Ernie.

JACKIE Clarke hit­ting the high notes at Katikati’s Twi­light Con­cert on Jan­uary 6. The Lady Killers: Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke were sen­sa­tional.

FUN: Well-known New Zealand singers and Lady Killers mem­bers, from left, Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke and Suzanne Lynch.

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