Nelson Leader : April 18th 2013
13 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 18, 2013 ARTS GOING OUT GUIDE Get your entertainment listing in here! 4974673AA Chamber Music New Zealand Presents Mon 6 May 7.30pm Nelson School of Music buy tickets: ticketdirect.co.nz TICKET chambermusic.co.nz /ChamberMusicNZ With music by Bright Sheng, Claire Cowan, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Tchaikovsky www.playhousecafe.co.nz Fri 19th ABBA Sat 20th QUEEN PRESENTED BY PAUL MADSEN Show $20 Additional $35 for two course buffet Show from 8pm Phone (03) 540 2985 5258863AA NELSON THUR FRI SAT SUN The Free House Tony Quickfall Collingwood Street - 548 9391 Live Music Randall's Cafe & Bar Karaoke 8pm Pool comp 172 St Vincent St - 548 4886 With Colleen 4pm start Theatre Royal NY Theatre 78 Rutherford St, 548 3840 Cats - 7pm Deville Bar & Cafe NELSON JAZZ 22 New Street - 545 6941 Quartet - 6.30pm STOKE Turf Hotel Super 15 Live Karaoke with Shazz 228 Songer Street - 547 7791 After Super 15 The Honest Lawyer Jazz Night Dennis Allen Big Si and Gabor 1 Point Rd - 547 4070 Out on Bail 6.30pm till late 12.30 Speight's Ale House Super Rugby House of Kramit Panda 99 Quarantine Rd - 547 7336 All weekend 9pm Live 12pm Live Broadgreen Gardens Pumpkin Compet'n 276 Nayland Rd - 539 0669 Stoke Sunday Mkt TAHUNA Nelson Suburban Club Live Rugby 7.35pm Live Rugby 7.35pm 168 Tahunanui Dr - 548 6815 Members Bar Members Bar RICHMOND Club Waimea Members draw Texas Poker 'Nova' 345 Queen Street - 543 9179 MAPUA Golden Bear Brewing Co. Jared Smith Big Band 12 Aranui Road - 540 3210 6pm to 9pm 3pm to 6pm The Playhouse ABBA Tribute Queen Tribute 171 Westdale Rd - 540 2985 By Paul Madsen By Paul Madsen UPPER MOUTERE Moutere Inn Moutere's Got Jam 1406 Moutere Hghwy - 543 2759 from 7pm MOTUEKA Hot Mamas Irie Vibes 77 High Street - 528 7070 Pickers Party MARAHAU The Park Cafe Soulware 527 8270 From 8.30pm Prolific talent: Hamish McIntosh who plays the lead role of Munkustrap in the Nelson Youth Theatre's production of Cats. Photo: PHIL BARNES Top cat leads a committed cast By PHIL BARNES Garin College year 13 student Hamish McIntosh hopes the many hours he has devoted to dance and theatre will eventually lead to a professional career. Hamish plays the lead role of Munkustrap, the leader of the cats' tribe, in the Nelson Youth Theatre Company's production of Cats which opens at the Theatre Royal this Friday. He was previously part of the Nel- son Musical Theatre's production of Cats in 2009 where, at the tender age of 13, he played three roles -- Bill Bailey, Rumpus cat and Macavity. Nelson Youth Theatre director Richard Carruthers said that experi- ence had been invaluable in terms of preparing for this month's pro- duction. Hamish has been much more than just the lead actor. He has helped out with costumes, he has used his previous experience with Cats to advise on various aspects of the show and also because of his experience as a trained dancer, he is one of our lead choreographers. There is dancing in every single moment of the show, so the chor- eography is huge.'' Hamish has already played major roles in previous youth theatre productions such as Valjean in Les Miserables, Billy, the male lead in Chicago, and Judas in Godspell. He has been rehearsing three times a week for the show since February and has given up many weekends spending time on every- thing from make-up workshops to choreography and costumes. Richard said the youth theatre had created the costumes for Cats from nothing as they were unable to go out anywhere and simply buy cat costumes. We have had a team of knitters who have knitted accessories and others who have sourced costumes.'' Chief costume designer Oddie Strathmore-Ching has been respon- sible for helping create 68 cat costu- mes for the cast. We couldn't get a pattern for a cat costume because they simply don't exist. So we had to be very creative and then we had to do it all in seven or eight weeks. So it's been a massive undertaking.'' She said the youth theatre bought an entire wig collection from Auck- land. We then had to rejig them to suit our style as we wanted them to be more vibrant.'' Cats is based on T S Elliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A cast of 65 has been rehearsing for the show since auditions were held in late January. Since then we have been rehears- ing three times a week and often doing some extra ones at weekends ever since,'' Richard said. The show is at the Theatre Royal and runs from April 21 to April 27 starting at 7pm. There is also a 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 27.
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