Jackie Clarke is MC for awards

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By STEVE CARLE´

All nom­i­na­tions were col­lated and sent to the judges at the end of last week for the South­ern Tararua Busi­ness Awards.

There are about the same num­bers as for the in­au­gu­ral event but they come from dif­fer­ent busi­nesses.

The venue for the awards din­ner will be the Woodville Sports Sta­dium.

“It’s a bit big­ger than the Pahiatua Town Hall, so we will be able to get a few more peo­ple in. We’re hop­ing to sell 200-plus tick­ets,” says one of the or­gan­is­ers, coun­cil­lor Shirley Hull.

It will be a black tie event on Oc­to­ber 13 with the cater­ing be­ing han­dled by the Black Stump team. The menu looks pretty fan­tas­tic.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to that,” said coun­cil­lor Hull. “We’re look­ing at dec­o­ra­tions, we want to make it look spec­tac­u­lar for peo­ple when they ar­rive. I think they’ll be pleas­antly sur­prised as they walk in the door.”

Ticket sales went on sale to­day at Managh Elec­tri­cal in Pahiatua.

“I’m sure they’ll be scooped up like hot cakes by all the peo­ple who have been nom­i­nated, their friends and fam­ily — they will all want to come along. The in­au­gu­ral event two years ago was just fan­tas­tic, the whole com­mu­nity en­gaged. This time we will give peo­ple more time dur­ing the in­ter­val and after­wards to min­gle. Once the dis­trict gets to­gether, they’ve got plenty to talk about.

“We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. The sup­port we’ve re­ceived from the com­mu­nity is un­prece­dented. I phoned Joy from Or­mond Street Mo­tels to see if we could book a room for MC and en­ter­tainer Jackie Clarke. She opened her arms to her and is go­ing to spon­sor ac­com­mo­da­tion for the night. That’s the sort of re­sponse we’re get­ting from the com­mu­nity.

“It’s been good to en­gage Woodville. We’re try­ing to use the fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices from the area, so we can sup­port the dis­trict as well and we will do the same when we take it to the rest of the dis­trict.

“We’re just de­lighted with the re­cep­tion we’ve got. We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing who the winners are and cel­e­brat­ing with peo­ple on the night, cel­e­brat­ing our busi­nesses and our cus­tomer ser­vices and the peo­ple who are get­ting out and be­ing part of our com­mu­nity,” said coun­cil­lor Hull.

Jackie Clarke 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 its 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, which boasted two suc­cess­ful al­bums, na­tional tours, 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 was 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, vo­cal quar­tet The Lady Killers and the polyester sen­sa­tion 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.

MC and en­ter­tainer Jackie Clarke seen at the Tau­ranga Busi­ness Awards.

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