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A trio of stories: The cast of Three Viewings, from left, Donelle Walsh, Carl Terry and Kasia Kalat-
Photo: SASA JERIC
Touching play is final of year for Little Theatre
Foxton Little Theatre's end-of-year show is
the New Zealand premiere of Three
Jeffery Hatcher explores love, money,
and loss in a trio of mordantly witty
narratives set in a Midwestern funeral
These three stories interweave to portray
the deceased and the bereaved, and the
lengths to which survivors go to hold on to
memories, money, life and love.
Tell-Tale is the story of Emil (Carl Terry),
a mild-mannered undertaker whose
unspoken passion for a local real estate
woman propels him to plot a way to confess
his true feelings before time -- and bodies --
Terry directed Steel Magnolias this year
at the Foxton Little Theatre; and returns to
the stage after being nominated for a Globe
Theatre Award for Best Male Actor for A
Fly in the Ointment and Best Supporting
Male Actor in The Christmas Spirit in 2009
and 2010 respectively.
The Thief of Tears is Mac, a beautiful Los
Angeles drifter, who makes her living
stealing jewellery from corpses.
Kasia Kalat-Jeric plays Mac.
She returned to Manawatu recently after
completing her masters of education in
Canada and now teaches at James Cook
Primary School in Marton.
Kalat-Jeric's previously roles at Foxton
Little Theatre include the lead in Educat-
ing Rita and Murder in Play.
Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti is
the story of Virginia, the widow of a
wheeler-dealer contractor, who discovers
her husband has left her in debt to the
bank, her family and the mob.
Donelle Walsh, who plays Virginia, began
working with the Levin Little Theatre 17
Her recent credits include A Fly in the
Ointment and Steel Magnolias for the
Foxton Little Theatre.
She won a Globe Theatre Award for Best
Supporting Actor for her role of Dickie
Dimwit in Levin Little Theatre's production
of Hansel and Gretel.
Three Viewings is on December 2,3,8,9 and
10 at 8pm and on December 4 at 2pm.
Tickets from Foxy Flowers and Gifts,
06 363 8657.
Celebrating Christmas the Kiwi
way with family and song
We don't do snow for a Kiwi Christmas and
we don't do dark nights, so why shouldn't
our carols be different to those in the
Northern Hemisphere too?
It's a Family Affair is a singalong of New
Zealand carols and readers from
grandparents to grandkids will retell the
Christmas story in modern terms at Wesley
Broadway on December 7.
Event spokesman John Thornley said all
the carols are found in Carol our
Christmas, published by the NZ Hymnbook
Trust, the definitive book of Kiwi carols.
Roy Tankersley will be on the keyboard,
giving a strong lead to songs that
newcomers will find themselves singing
with ease and enjoyment.
Mr Thornley encourages everyone to join
the extended family for the evening.
We have a team of children, parents and
grandparents sharing the Christmas story
in a modern version written in a lively way,
appealing to young and old alike.
Humour is allowed also.
The aged Isaiah shares with his young
friend Rebekah his vision of a child who will
lead all people to peace.
They both have one thing in common:
missing a front tooth.''
The Wesley church has a strong
multicultural congregation and the Tongan
choir will sing two Christmas hymns in
their own language.
It's a Family Affair is on December 7 at
7.30pm, Wesley Broadway, 162 Broadway
Ave. Entry by donation.
LAS VEGAS NIGHTS
Abbey Musical Theatre
Abbey Theatre until December 17
Reviewed by Roger Buchanan
Abbey Musical Theatre's theatre-restaurant setting
is a great format to enjoy a show like its current
Christmas revue, Las Vegas Nights, directed and
choreographed by Ian Harman.
Turn up for a meal beforehand, or enjoy a coffee
and the bar's offerings during the show and sit down
to be entertained without needing to engage the
Mmm... sounds more like an advert so far, but
the evening is certainly an enjoyable experience.
A sequence of songs from the classic Las Vegas
genre -- if it can be called a genre -- Las Vegas Nights
frolics through numbers from the Copa Room at the
Sands, and standards by the Rat Pack, Judy Garland
and Bobby Darin.
The two lead vocalists, Erica Ward and Bradford
Meurk, display the diversity required to perform the
range of vocal styles, delivering talented
performances with a commanding stage presence.
Kitten Carmichael as the principal dancer
recreated the archetypal Vegas style with stylish
routines that never disappointed.
The roulette'' of Conil Tod, Emma-Jane Mechen,
Hayley Tinning and Alexander Van Brunt, provided
excellent dance and vocal support throughout.
A director/choreographer who performs in his own
show always takes a risk, but not this time --
Harman's occasional participation in the routines
always lifts them to the next level.
I am not a dancer and would never presume to
attempt knowledgeable comments about choreo-
graphy, but the originality and precision of the
routines stood out to even a two-left-footed observer
At all times visually interesting, Harman's style
always impresses and this show is no exception.
Stage management and technical support was
capable and timely, although the lighting could have
been more glitzy in keeping with the Las Vegas style.
All in all, this was a most enjoyable night out.
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