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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Event Name

Date

Connect at Cooks

WHANGANUI WOMEN IN BUSINESS
CONNECT AT COOKS

Tuesday 29 August  5.30pm
Cooks Gardens Function Room

The Whanganui Women in Business team invite you to join in a networking session that’s focused on enabling women to be inspired, and to connect, share and grow. ‘Connect at Cooks’ will have opportunities to meet with other women, hear from a very special guest, and learn more about future gatherings.  Refreshments provided, and cash bar available.

Finish approx. 7.30pm

Tickets $15

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 5:30 pm
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Rants in the Dark

RANTS IN THE DARK - EMILY WRITES

ADULTS ONLY
Wednesday 30 August 7.30pm
Lucky Bar, 53 Wilson St

Best-selling author and blogger Emily Writes is editor of The Spinoff Parents website and a passionate advocate for mothers, children, depression awareness and double the refugee quota. Join Emily as she shares her hilarious insights into going viral with her Tarzan movie review and coping with social media fame - but not necessarily fortune. Her book, Rants in the Dark - From One Tired Mama to Another, will be available for purchase at the event.

Finish approx. 9pm

Proceeds to The Women’s Network
Full price $25
Concession: low income/unwaged $20

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 7:30 pm
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Little Shop of Horrors

AMDRAM MUSICAL THEATRE
presents

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 17 September 2pm
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 24 September 2pm
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 Sept 7.30pm
Amdram Theatre, 171 Guyton Street


"Little Shop of Horrors" is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Add an Antipasto Platter for two for $20 (a selection of cheese, olives, charcuterie, dips and breads)

Adult $25
Adult with platter $45
Senior / Student $20
Amdram member $20
Senior / Student / Member with platter $40
NB: Member tickets not available on-line  - purchase at the Opera House
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Saturday, September 16, 2017 7:30 pm
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Little Shop of Horrors

AMDRAM MUSICAL THEATRE
presents

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 17 September 2pm
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 24 September 2pm
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 Sept 7.30pm
Amdram Theatre, 171 Guyton Street


"Little Shop of Horrors" is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Add an Antipasto Platter for two for $20 (a selection of cheese, olives, charcuterie, dips and breads)

Adult $25
Adult with platter $45
Senior / Student $20
Amdram member $20
Senior / Student / Member with platter $40
NB: Member tickets not available on-line  - purchase at the Opera House
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Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:00 pm
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Alice in Wonderland

Whanganui Intermediate School presents
 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 September 7pm
Saturday 23 September 2pm & 7pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. 

The ever-curious Alice’s journey, begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets muddled up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, attends a Mad Tea Party, meets with a friendly Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Finish approx. 2hours

Adult $15
Child 3-15yrs $8
Family 2A+2C $35  - not on-line
Door sales  -  all $15  - no discounts
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Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:00 pm
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Alice in Wonderland

Whanganui Intermediate School presents
 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 September 7pm
Saturday 23 September 2pm & 7pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. 

The ever-curious Alice’s journey, begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets muddled up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, attends a Mad Tea Party, meets with a friendly Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Finish approx. 2hours

Adult $15
Child 3-15yrs $8
Family 2A+2C $35  - not on-line
Door sales  -  all $15  - no discounts
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Friday, September 22, 2017 7:00 pm
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Little Shop of Horrors

AMDRAM MUSICAL THEATRE
presents

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 17 September 2pm
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 24 September 2pm
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 Sept 7.30pm
Amdram Theatre, 171 Guyton Street


"Little Shop of Horrors" is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Add an Antipasto Platter for two for $20 (a selection of cheese, olives, charcuterie, dips and breads)

Adult $25
Adult with platter $45
Senior / Student $20
Amdram member $20
Senior / Student / Member with platter $40
NB: Member tickets not available on-line  - purchase at the Opera House
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Friday, September 22, 2017 7:30 pm
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Alice in Wonderland

Whanganui Intermediate School presents
 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 September 7pm
Saturday 23 September 2pm & 7pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. 

The ever-curious Alice’s journey, begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets muddled up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, attends a Mad Tea Party, meets with a friendly Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Finish approx. 2hours

Adult $15
Child 3-15yrs $8
Family 2A+2C $35  - not on-line
Door sales  -  all $15  - no discounts
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Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:00 pm
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Alice in Wonderland

Whanganui Intermediate School presents
 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 September 7pm
Saturday 23 September 2pm & 7pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. 

The ever-curious Alice’s journey, begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets muddled up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, attends a Mad Tea Party, meets with a friendly Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Finish approx. 2hours

Adult $15
Child 3-15yrs $8
Family 2A+2C $35  - not on-line
Door sales  -  all $15  - no discounts
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Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Little Shop of Horrors

AMDRAM MUSICAL THEATRE
presents

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 17 September 2pm
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 24 September 2pm
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 Sept 7.30pm
Amdram Theatre, 171 Guyton Street


"Little Shop of Horrors" is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Add an Antipasto Platter for two for $20 (a selection of cheese, olives, charcuterie, dips and breads)

Adult $25
Adult with platter $45
Senior / Student $20
Amdram member $20
Senior / Student / Member with platter $40
NB: Member tickets not available on-line  - purchase at the Opera House
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Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:30 pm
This event does not repeat

Little Shop of Horrors

AMDRAM MUSICAL THEATRE
presents

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 17 September 2pm
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 24 September 2pm
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 Sept 7.30pm
Amdram Theatre, 171 Guyton Street


"Little Shop of Horrors" is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Add an Antipasto Platter for two for $20 (a selection of cheese, olives, charcuterie, dips and breads)

Adult $25
Adult with platter $45
Senior / Student $20
Amdram member $20
Senior / Student / Member with platter $40
NB: Member tickets not available on-line  - purchase at the Opera House
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Sunday, September 24, 2017 2:00 pm
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Business Booster

WHANGANUI WOMEN IN BUSINESS
BUSINESS BOOSTER

Tuesday 26 September 5.30pm
Whanganui War Memorial Centre
Watt Street



Join in another fantastic opportunity to meet with local women, to be inspired, connect, share and grow. This month the focus is on boosting your business with the chance to learn more from each other’s unique skills.

Complementary tea, coffee, and nibbles included.


Finish approx. 7pm

 
Tickets $15

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 5:30 pm
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Middle Age Spread

 
MIDDLE AGE SPREAD
By Roger Hall

 
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 7.30pm
Sunday 1 October 2pm
Thursday 5, Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October 7.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street

Middle Age Spread is a comedy with a serious undertone. Three middle age couples are entrapped in the wonders of being middle age. Bored with themselves, their partners and the daily routines of job, family and household chores. It contains moments of excitement and revelation but does this change anything? If you are looking for a moral or reason to being middle age you will find it in the play’s final line.

Written by Roger Hall in 1977.

Not suitable for under 13s – Adult language

Finish approx. 9.15pm

Adult $25         Senior $20
Student $20     Child U16 $15
Rep member Ad $20/Snr $19
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Web:  www.wanganuirepertorytheatre.co.nz

Friday, September 29, 2017 7:30 pm
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Little Shop of Horrors

AMDRAM MUSICAL THEATRE
presents

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 17 September 2pm
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 24 September 2pm
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 Sept 7.30pm
Amdram Theatre, 171 Guyton Street


"Little Shop of Horrors" is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Add an Antipasto Platter for two for $20 (a selection of cheese, olives, charcuterie, dips and breads)

Adult $25
Adult with platter $45
Senior / Student $20
Amdram member $20
Senior / Student / Member with platter $40
NB: Member tickets not available on-line  - purchase at the Opera House
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Friday, September 29, 2017 7:30 pm
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Middle Age Spread

 
MIDDLE AGE SPREAD
By Roger Hall

 
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 7.30pm
Sunday 1 October 2pm
Thursday 5, Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October 7.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street

Middle Age Spread is a comedy with a serious undertone. Three middle age couples are entrapped in the wonders of being middle age. Bored with themselves, their partners and the daily routines of job, family and household chores. It contains moments of excitement and revelation but does this change anything? If you are looking for a moral or reason to being middle age you will find it in the play’s final line.

Written by Roger Hall in 1977.

Not suitable for under 13s – Adult language

Finish approx. 9.15pm

Adult $25         Senior $20
Student $20     Child U16 $15
Rep member Ad $20/Snr $19
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Web:  www.wanganuirepertorytheatre.co.nz

Saturday, September 30, 2017 7:30 pm
This event does not repeat

Little Shop of Horrors

AMDRAM MUSICAL THEATRE
presents

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 17 September 2pm
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 Sept 7.30pm
Sunday 24 September 2pm
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 Sept 7.30pm
Amdram Theatre, 171 Guyton Street


"Little Shop of Horrors" is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Add an Antipasto Platter for two for $20 (a selection of cheese, olives, charcuterie, dips and breads)

Adult $25
Adult with platter $45
Senior / Student $20
Amdram member $20
Senior / Student / Member with platter $40
NB: Member tickets not available on-line  - purchase at the Opera House
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Saturday, September 30, 2017 7:30 pm
This event does not repeat

Middle Age Spread

 
MIDDLE AGE SPREAD
By Roger Hall

 
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 7.30pm
Sunday 1 October 2pm
Thursday 5, Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October 7.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street

Middle Age Spread is a comedy with a serious undertone. Three middle age couples are entrapped in the wonders of being middle age. Bored with themselves, their partners and the daily routines of job, family and household chores. It contains moments of excitement and revelation but does this change anything? If you are looking for a moral or reason to being middle age you will find it in the play’s final line.

Written by Roger Hall in 1977.

Not suitable for under 13s – Adult language

Finish approx. 9.15pm

Adult $25         Senior $20
Student $20     Child U16 $15
Rep member Ad $20/Snr $19
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Web:  www.wanganuirepertorytheatre.co.nz

Sunday, October 01, 2017 2:00 pm
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Modern Maori Quartet

MODERN MĀORI QUARTET

That’s Us! Album Tour
with Annie Crummer

Due to unforseen circumstances this show has been cancelled


Sunday 1 October 7.30pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House

Following a month in Edinburgh, Kiwi crooners Modern Māori Quartet return for a national tour with their debut album “That’s Us!”. Taking in some of the finest halls and theatres Aotearoa has on offer, the Quartet are guaranteed to entertain with their signature blend of off-beat comedy, stage routines and an array of original songs, New Zealand classics and traditional waiata.

Annie Crummer, local superstar and Pacific Music Awards “Lifetime Achievement” recipient, will be joining the boys on tour, as will frequent MMQ collaborator Awhimai Fraser, making this a Kiwiana show not to be missed.

“… the new face of Maori showbands, handsome, hilarious and harmonious ... entertainment at its best” – Theatreview

Doors 7pm - no interval - Finish approx. 9.10pm

Tickets $55

 

Web:  www.modernmaoriquartet.nz

Sunday, October 01, 2017 7:30 pm
This event does not repeat

Middle Age Spread

 
MIDDLE AGE SPREAD
By Roger Hall

 
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 7.30pm
Sunday 1 October 2pm
Thursday 5, Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October 7.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street

Middle Age Spread is a comedy with a serious undertone. Three middle age couples are entrapped in the wonders of being middle age. Bored with themselves, their partners and the daily routines of job, family and household chores. It contains moments of excitement and revelation but does this change anything? If you are looking for a moral or reason to being middle age you will find it in the play’s final line.

Written by Roger Hall in 1977.

Not suitable for under 13s – Adult language

Finish approx. 9.15pm

Adult $25         Senior $20
Student $20     Child U16 $15
Rep member Ad $20/Snr $19
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Web:  www.wanganuirepertorytheatre.co.nz

Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:30 pm
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Whanganui Literary Festival 2017

Playwriting Workshop with Roger Hall                                   

1.30 – 3.30pm
Venue: meet in the atrium foyer, UCOL main entrance


Arguably New Zealand’s best-known and best-loved playwright Roger Hall facilitates a two-hour workshop (“a playwriting boot camp”) that will pack in a huge amount of practical advice within the two hours.

Limited tickets
Admission: $50

 

Main Events

 
Grand Opening                                                                               

6.00 – 7.00pm
Venue: Pioneer Room, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
The evening begins with drinks and nibbles as you mix and mingle with fellow booklovers and authors. The Festival will be officially opened by Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall.

Bookings: Not required
Admission: Free



Getting the Language Right                                                        

7.30 – 8.30pm
Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

When asked recently by a primary school student what was the best thing about being a writer, C.K. Stead replied, “Getting the language right”. Working in many genres – poetry, essays. short stories, novels and literary criticism – over five decades, he has certainly lived up to that maxim. The stories in his latest collection, The Name on the Door Is Not Mine, are described by Stephen Stratford in The Listener as “The best of Stead, with their light touch, precise observation and sheer brio”. Stead’s many literary awards and honours include the 2009 Prime Minister’s Award for literary achievement in fiction. He is also a Member of the Order of New Zealand, and is New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2015-2017. C.K. Stead will discuss his work with local writer Joan Rosier-Jones.

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

Friday, October 06, 2017 1:30 pm
This event does not repeat

Middle Age Spread

 
MIDDLE AGE SPREAD
By Roger Hall

 
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 7.30pm
Sunday 1 October 2pm
Thursday 5, Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October 7.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street

Middle Age Spread is a comedy with a serious undertone. Three middle age couples are entrapped in the wonders of being middle age. Bored with themselves, their partners and the daily routines of job, family and household chores. It contains moments of excitement and revelation but does this change anything? If you are looking for a moral or reason to being middle age you will find it in the play’s final line.

Written by Roger Hall in 1977.

Not suitable for under 13s – Adult language

Finish approx. 9.15pm

Adult $25         Senior $20
Student $20     Child U16 $15
Rep member Ad $20/Snr $19
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Web:  www.wanganuirepertorytheatre.co.nz

Friday, October 06, 2017 7:30 pm
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Whanganui Literary Festival 2017

“Fifteen Years To Be An Overnight Success”                      
 
10.00 – 11.00am
Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
Seventy years a theatregoer; 50 years a writer; 40 years a playwright, New Zealand theatre icon Roger Hall’s first stage play, Glide Time, was produced in 1976. He has been writing a play almost every year since then, along with musicals and pantomimes. Recent plays include Who Wants to be a Hundred (Anyone Who’s 99); Four Flat Whites in Italy; A Short Cut to Happiness; and You Can Always Hand Them Back. He has been awarded a QSO, a CNZM and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Victoria University. He was the first playwright to receive the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement.

Roger will tell the little-known story of his early beginnings in New Zealand and provide plenty of laughs along the way.

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)


Writing, Music and Memoir                                             
 
11.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
Nick Bollinger was introduced to Beethoven, Gilbert & Sullivan and the Fireside Book of Folk Songs as a preschooler. His life changed at the age of five, when he heard the Beatles' recording of 'Twist and Shout'. Nick went on to become a bass player, a member of many bands, a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has been a music columnist for The Listener and presents The Sampler on RNZ National. He is the author of How To Listen To Pop Music, 100 Essential New Zealand Albums, and Goneville, which won the Adam Prize for Creative Writing in 2015. Goneville is both a coming-of-age story and an exploration of New Zealand music in the 1970s. Nick will appear in conversation with Rik Jones.

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

A Poem for the Queen                                                                  
 
1.30 – 2.30pm
Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
Selina Tusitala Marsh writes of her work: “The wondrous thing about a poem is that it’s an ‘ala’ – the proto-Polynesian word for ‘path’. As a ‘Tusitala’ my poems are paths between cultures and world views”. The acclaimed, ‘Fast –Talking PI’ poet and scholar performs a selection of her work and talks about how an ala led to the Sacrarium Steps at Westminister Abbey as part of a wider discussion about the politics of her poetry. She was the first person of Pacific descent to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, where she now lectures in creative writing and Māori and Pacific literary studies. Selina’s first collection of poems, Fast Talking PI, won the 2010 NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry. She was the Commonwealth Poet for 2016.


Admission: $15 (Friends $12)


Moving Between Forms                                                               
 
3.00 – 4.00pm
Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
Novelist, short fiction writer, playwright and poet Fiona Farrell is well known for her versatility in moving between forms. In 2013, she was awarded the $100,000 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship to research and write twin books exploring post-quake Christchurch, one fiction and one non-fiction. The result was The Villa at the Edge of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City, a finalist in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.  Fiona has won many awards including the Prime Minister’s Award for fiction and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Literature in 2012. She will talk with Mary-Ann Ewing about her work in various forms and life after the fragmentation of the Christchurch earthquake.

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)


Cocktails and Canapes                                                                 
 
5.30 – 7.00pm
Venue: Mud Ducks Cafe, 31 Taupo Quay
  
Join our writers for a mix and mingle and enjoy conversations with other booklovers. Ticket price includes one drink plus food. Additional drinks available for purchase.
 
Bookings essential
Admission: $25
 

“Fifteen Years To Be An Overnight Success”                       10.00 – 11.00am

 

Seventy years a theatregoer; 50 years a writer; 40 years a playwright, New Zealand theatre icon Roger Hall’s first stage play, Glide Time, was produced in 1976. He has been writing a play almost every year since then, along with musicals and pantomimes. Recent plays include Who Wants to be a Hundred (Anyone Who’s 99); Four Flat Whites in Italy; A Short Cut to Happiness; and You Can Always Hand Them Back. He has been awarded a QSO, a CNZM and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Victoria University. He was the first playwright to receive the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement.

Roger will tell the little-known story of his early beginnings in New Zealand and provide plenty of laughs along the way.

 

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

 

Writing, Music and Memoir                                              11.30am – 12.30pm

 

Nick Bollinger was introduced to Beethoven, Gilbert & Sullivan and the Fireside Book of Folk Songs as a preschooler. His life changed at the age of five, when he heard the Beatles' recording of 'Twist and Shout'. Nick went on to become a bass player, a member of many bands, a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has been a music columnist for The Listener and presents The Sampler on RNZ National. He is the author of How To Listen To Pop Music, 100 Essential New Zealand Albums, and Goneville, which won the Adam Prize for Creative Writing in 2015. Goneville is both a coming-of-age story and an exploration of New Zealand music in the 1970s. Nick will appear in conversation with Rik Jones.

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

 

A Poem for the Queen                                                                   1.30 – 2.30pm

 

Selina Tusitala Marsh writes of her work: “The wondrous thing about a poem is that it’s an ‘ala’ – the proto-Polynesian word for ‘path’. As a ‘Tusitala’ my poems are paths between cultures and world views”. The acclaimed, ‘Fast –Talking PI’ poet and scholar performs a selection of her work and talks about how an ala led to the Sacrarium Steps at Westminister Abbey as part of a wider discussion about the politics of her poetry. She was the first person of Pacific descent to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, where she now lectures in creative writing and Māori and Pacific literary studies. Selina’s first collection of poems, Fast Talking PI, won the 2010 NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry. She was the Commonwealth Poet for 2016.

 

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

 

Moving Between Forms                                                                3.00 – 4.00pm

 

Novelist, short fiction writer, playwright and poet Fiona Farrell is well known for her versatility in moving between forms. In 2013, she was awarded the $100,000 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship to research and write twin books exploring post-quake Christchurch, one fiction and one non-fiction. The result was The Villa at the Edge of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City, a finalist in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.  Fiona has won many awards including the Prime Minister’s Award for fiction and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Literature in 2012. She will talk with Mary-Ann Ewing about her work in various forms and life after the fragmentation of the Christchurch earthquake.

 

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

 

 

Cocktails and Canapes                                                                  5.30 – 7.00pm

 

Join our writers for a mix and mingle and enjoy conversations with other booklovers. Ticket price includes one drink plus food. Additional drinks available for purchase.

 

Venue: Mud Ducks Cafe, 31 Taupo Quay

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $25

Saturday, October 07, 2017 10:00 am
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Middle Age Spread

 
MIDDLE AGE SPREAD
By Roger Hall

 
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 7.30pm
Sunday 1 October 2pm
Thursday 5, Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October 7.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street

Middle Age Spread is a comedy with a serious undertone. Three middle age couples are entrapped in the wonders of being middle age. Bored with themselves, their partners and the daily routines of job, family and household chores. It contains moments of excitement and revelation but does this change anything? If you are looking for a moral or reason to being middle age you will find it in the play’s final line.

Written by Roger Hall in 1977.

Not suitable for under 13s – Adult language

Finish approx. 9.15pm

Adult $25         Senior $20
Student $20     Child U16 $15
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Web:  www.wanganuirepertorytheatre.co.nz

Saturday, October 07, 2017 7:30 pm
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Whanganui Literary Festival 2017

Panel discussion: Poetry and Place                                     
 
10.00 – 11.00am
Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
A well-known Whanganui proverb centres on the statement “Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au / I am the river and the river is me”. Connections to, or relationships with, landscapes of various kinds feature in the work of many writers. Fiona Farrell and Selina Tusitala Marsh join local writers Christodolous Moisa and Terry Sarten in a panel discussion of the significance of place in their work. To what extent does place define who we are as writers? What are the different relationships a writer may have with a particular place, or with the notion of place? Chaired by local poet Airini Beautrais.

 
Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 
 
 
My Father’s Island – Writing Memory                           
 
11.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
Award-winning journalist Adam Dudding’s first book, My Father’s Island, is a memoir about his father, the New Zealand literary editor Robin Dudding. The Dudding family of Robin, Lois and their six children lived a bohemian existence surrounded by piles of books and numerous chickens. Reviewer Nicholas Reid describes the memoir as “an extraordinarily candid, sad, funny, exhilarating and chastening story”. Steve Braunias writes “No one has ever had a family quite like the Dudding family but everyone can relate to the book’s portrayal of parents and children trying to get along in a Kiwi landscape of school, beach and vegetable garden”. My Father’s Island won Best First Book of General Non-Fiction at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Adam will talk about his work with Cass Alexander.

 
Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 
 
 
Love, Ghosts and Making It                                                        
 
1.30 – 2.30pm

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
Fiction writer and comic artist Sarah Laing is a previous winner of the Sunday Star-Times short story competition, the author of the collection Coming Up Roses, and two novels, Dead People’s Music and The Fall of Light. She is also known for her often humorous, often moving cartoons depicting family life, motherhood and a range of political issues. Her latest book Mansfield and Me is a daring graphic memoir charting her development as a writer alongside a very personal account of the life of one of her literary heroes, Katherine Mansfield.

Sarah will appear in conversation with Carla Donson of the Whanganui Women’s Network to discuss inspiring women, the juggling acts involved in being a creative parent, and the intersections of personal and political.

 
Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 
 
 
High Tea and Etiquette: Elbows off the Table, Please         
 
2.45 – 3.45pm

Venue: Pioneer Room, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
 
One of New Zealand’s favourite chefs, Jo Seagar has always looked outside the square, and with her latest book she has combined cooking with table manners. Until the Canterbury earthquakes intervened, she combined cooking with teaching when she opened her café and cooking school in rural Canterbury. She also takes culinary tours overseas and even has her own cooking school in Italy.  Jo’s ten cookery books have sold in their thousands and her television shows and magazine columns have appealed to many. The title of her latest book will remind many readers of their parents’ warnings at the dining table: “Elbows off”. But don’t worry, this is no stuffy afternoon tea. Dress in your Sunday best and be prepared for some high jinks at a high tea hosted by Jo.

Decorate and wear a High Tea hat – Gentlemen included.

 
Numbers limited - Bookings essential
Admission: $30

“Fifteen Years To Be An Overnight Success”                       10.00 – 11.00am

 

Seventy years a theatregoer; 50 years a writer; 40 years a playwright, New Zealand theatre icon Roger Hall’s first stage play, Glide Time, was produced in 1976. He has been writing a play almost every year since then, along with musicals and pantomimes. Recent plays include Who Wants to be a Hundred (Anyone Who’s 99); Four Flat Whites in Italy; A Short Cut to Happiness; and You Can Always Hand Them Back. He has been awarded a QSO, a CNZM and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Victoria University. He was the first playwright to receive the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement.

Roger will tell the little-known story of his early beginnings in New Zealand and provide plenty of laughs along the way.

 

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

 

Writing, Music and Memoir                                              11.30am – 12.30pm

 

Nick Bollinger was introduced to Beethoven, Gilbert & Sullivan and the Fireside Book of Folk Songs as a preschooler. His life changed at the age of five, when he heard the Beatles' recording of 'Twist and Shout'. Nick went on to become a bass player, a member of many bands, a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has been a music columnist for The Listener and presents The Sampler on RNZ National. He is the author of How To Listen To Pop Music, 100 Essential New Zealand Albums, and Goneville, which won the Adam Prize for Creative Writing in 2015. Goneville is both a coming-of-age story and an exploration of New Zealand music in the 1970s. Nick will appear in conversation with Rik Jones.

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

 

A Poem for the Queen                                                                   1.30 – 2.30pm

 

Selina Tusitala Marsh writes of her work: “The wondrous thing about a poem is that it’s an ‘ala’ – the proto-Polynesian word for ‘path’. As a ‘Tusitala’ my poems are paths between cultures and world views”. The acclaimed, ‘Fast –Talking PI’ poet and scholar performs a selection of her work and talks about how an ala led to the Sacrarium Steps at Westminister Abbey as part of a wider discussion about the politics of her poetry. She was the first person of Pacific descent to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, where she now lectures in creative writing and Māori and Pacific literary studies. Selina’s first collection of poems, Fast Talking PI, won the 2010 NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry. She was the Commonwealth Poet for 2016.

 

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

 

Moving Between Forms                                                                3.00 – 4.00pm

 

Novelist, short fiction writer, playwright and poet Fiona Farrell is well known for her versatility in moving between forms. In 2013, she was awarded the $100,000 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship to research and write twin books exploring post-quake Christchurch, one fiction and one non-fiction. The result was The Villa at the Edge of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City, a finalist in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.  Fiona has won many awards including the Prime Minister’s Award for fiction and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Literature in 2012. She will talk with Mary-Ann Ewing about her work in various forms and life after the fragmentation of the Christchurch earthquake.

 

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

 

 

 

Cocktails and Canapes                                                                  5.30 – 7.00pm

 

Join our writers for a mix and mingle and enjoy conversations with other booklovers. Ticket price includes one drink plus food. Additional drinks available for purchase.

 

Venue: Mud Ducks Cafe, 31 Taupo Quay

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $25

Sunday, October 08, 2017 10:00 am
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Wilma and Friends

Chamber Music Wanganui
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Wilma and Friends

Tuesday 10 October 7.30pm
Prince Edward Auditorium,
Wanganui Collegiate School

Wilma Smith (Violin)
Caroline Henbest (Viola)
Alexandra Partridge (Cello)
Andrew Leathwick (Cello) 


Every year Wilma Smith, celebrated kiwi violinist, puts together three different groups of musical friends she thinks might create some exciting chemistry to present programmes full of variety and appeal. A favourite with audiences Wilma is the former Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and founding member of the New Zealand String Quartet. She moved to Australia in 2003 to take up the position of Concertmaster with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Wilma and Friends will perform music by Beethoven, Dvorak and a new work by their pianist, Andrew Leathwick.
Sponsored by: The Grand Hotel 
Finish approx. 9.30pm

Adult $35    Senior $32   Student $5
CMW subscriber $20

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:30 pm
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Andrew London Trio

ANDREW LONDON TRIO

Wednesday 11 October 7.30pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House


Subtle and occasionally subversive satirical songs about the trivia and minutiae of daily life from the point of view of a middle-aged, middle-class, Middle Earther, delivered in a deceptively innocuous 1940s swing style with occasional forays into folk, blues, country and hip-hop.

This trio carries on in the tradition of Hot Club Sandwich, who have toured extensively throughout New Zealand since the early 1990s, enabling singer/songwriter Andrew London to gather material from the shearing sheds of Southland to the corporate boardrooms of Queen Street.

Themes cover the gamut from pretentious socialites, male insecurity and modern parenthood to driving habits, rugby culture and the depredations of ageing.

The obvious opportunity for humour in these themes is eagerly seized upon and exploited mercilessly, but occasional poignancy and pathos are never far away. Beatle-esque vocal harmonies are added by Kirsten London on bass, and ex-HCS sax/clarinetist Nils Olsen.

Finish approx. 9.30pm
 

Adult $28
Senior $25
Friend OH $23
Student $15
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Web:  www.andrewlondon.co.nz

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:30 pm
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The Sound of Music

Ben McDonald presents

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

ROYAL WANGANUI OPERA HOUSE
FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER 7PM

The hills are alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC

One of the world's best-loved musicals, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will tour New Zealand this September and October.

From the producer of the recent touring stage shows Grease, HMS Pinafore, Menopause the Musical and South Pacific, THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be performed in 20 cities throughout New Zealand.

This legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features an unforgettable score that includes some of the most famous songs ever performed on the musical stage including “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, and the title song “The Sound of Music”.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the mountains from Austria.

The musical originally premiered on Broadway in 1959 to record-breaking advance ticket sales, where it won eight Tony Awards - including “Best Musical”. The show opened in London in 1961 and became the longest-running American musical of its generation. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including “Best Picture”, and quickly became the highest-grossing film in history. Even today, THE SOUND OF MUSIC remains the most successful movie musical in history.

Since the turn of the 21st century, the enduring magic of THE SOUND OF MUSIC has lead to major productions around the world, giving testament to its title as “The World’s Most Popular Musical”.

Adult $79.90
Child to 16yrs $42.50
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Friday, October 13, 2017 7:00 pm
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Springtime Romance

Wanganui Music Society presents
THE KOWHAI TRIO – SPRINGTIME ROMANCE
 
Sunday 22 October  3pm
Concert Chamber, Whanganui War Memorial Centre
 
HyeWon Kim, violin  -  Ingrid Culliford, flute  -  Kris Zuelicke, piano
 
Programme:
Deux Interludes pour flûte, violon et clavecin (ou harpe) - Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No. 2 - Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75 - Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Médailles Antiques - Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941)
Sonata in G Major No. 18, K. 301 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sunstreams - Ian Clarke (b. 1964)
Danzas españolas, Op. 37, No. 5 “Andaluza” - Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Promenades for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord (or Piano) - Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
                                                     
 
HyeWon Kim is a professional violinist who currently plays in major New Zealand
orchestras as well as being a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Before arriving in
New Zealand, HyeWon was in Spain working as a member of the Orquesta sinfonica de
Castilla y León and Orquesta sinfonica de Cadaqués. HyeWon has also lived in Japan as a member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.
She graduated with a MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in
London under David Takeno and while in the UK worked with the BBC Philharmonic,
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Halle Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra,
Northern Sinfonia, and Southbank Sinfonia Orchestras. She also was a member of UBS
Verbier festival orchestra, Schleswig- Holstein festival orchestra and Pacific Music Festival orchestra. HyeWon is a Korean- born New Zealander.
 
 
A native of the United States, Kris Zuelicke holds undergraduate degrees in music, linguistics and German from Miami University and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory and cognate in Music Education from Indiana University. While at Indiana University she was an Associate Instructor for Music Theory and member of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.
Kris taught piano, cello and voice in Palmerston North before moving to Wellington in 2011. She has performed as a soloist, accompanist and with ensembles including Stroma,  Manawatu Sinfonia, Trio Bella, the Renaissance Singers, along with other choirs and theatres.
Along with teaching, she is currently completing a DMA in harpsichord at the NZSM, studying with Douglas Mews. Support for overseas research and study is gratefully acknowledged from the Freemasons Lankhuyzen/Whetu- Kairangi Music Award, Small Faculty Grant and Therle Drake Scholarship.
 
 
After many years studying and working in London as free-lance flautist where she worked with several known orchestras and chamber ensembles and taught at Trinity College and the Royal Academy of Music Junior department, Ingrid Culliford returned to NZ in 1994. 
Since then, Ingrid has continued to perform widely.  She has been a member of the Auckland based ensemble 175East since 1997, toured in Indonesia and for Chamber Music NZ with Tuhonohono (featuring the music of Dame Gillian Whitehead) and has performed with the Australian ensemble, Elision.  She has worked as a casual extra with the NZSO and is a recording artist for Radio NZ.  Ms Culliford continues to give recitals, masterclasses and concerto performances throughout NZ.
In addition to her performance work, Ingrid is very involved with teaching.  For a number of years she was tutor in flute at both Waikato University and the NZ School of Music in Wellington and is currently a Senior Examiner for the International Baccalureate as well as an examiner for the NZMEB (NZ Music Examinations Board).  She is tutor in woodwind and piano at both Collegiate and Nga Tawa Schools.  In August 2015 she was recipient of the Chamber Music NZ Marie Vandevart Award for outstanding services in fostering a love of chamber music.
 
 
Finish approx. 4.30pm
 
Adult $20
School student $5
Music Society member $12 – not available on-line
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Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:00 pm
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Tricks & Treats

WHANGANUI WOMEN IN BUSINESS
TRICKS & TREATS
 
Tuesday 31 October 5.30pm
Function Room, Grand Hotel
 
A great networking opportunity to meet other women in business, to be inspired, connect, share ideas, and grow. There will be tricks to share and some treats on offer too. See you there!
 
 
Finish approx. 7.30pm
 
Tickets $15
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:30 pm
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20 Fingers - Symphonic Piano

Chamber Music Wanganui presents

20 FINGERS - SYMPHONIC PIANO
Tony Chen Lin & Jun Bouterey-Ishido

Friday 10 November 7.30pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House

Internationally based virtuoso pianists, Tony Chen Lin and Jun Bouterey-Ishido,  have teamed up as a piano duo for their 2017 NZ tour. Their programme includes music by Bach, Schubert and Kurtag, alongside original piano duo versions of Stravinsky's "the Rite of Spring" and Ravel's "La Valse", both now symphonic classics.

Finish approx. 9.15pm

Adult $35
Senior $32
Student $5
CMW subscriber $20 - not available online
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Friday, November 10, 2017 7:30 pm
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Community Spirit

COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Saturday 18 November 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Cnr Campbell & Guyton Streets

The Wanganui Community Choir joins with City Sounds New Plymouth for their end of year concert.
Lynn Whiteside will conduct the Wanganui Community Choir and Sue Lupton will conduct City Sounds New Plymouth.  Sue Lupton is a past conductor and current Life Member of the Wanganui Community Choir.  Piano Accompanists for the choirs are Abigail Livesay for Wanganui and Elaine Schreiber for New Plymouth.

The programme for this concert is fun and varied and includes popular songs like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, “Photograph” & a Lennon/McCartney Medley performed by Wanganui’s Community Choir along with two beautiful Maori songs “Hoki Hoki” and “Mehe Manu Rere”.  City Sounds include in their selection   “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and a “California Dreaming” Medley. 

The choirs will join together to sing the Traditional “Amazing Grace”, “Cantate Rag” and a Swahili song “Watu Wote” which in its words sums up the essence of our concert    “Im – bi –a - na  (Sing together) Wim – bo e - tu  (Come hear our song ) Im – bi a - na    (Join Together) Si – si  so – te   (All of us belong).

The Guest Artists will be 3 Musical Theatre Students – Leigh-ana Hale, Elliot Jones and Alyssa Hartley.

Finish approx. 4pm

Adult $20
Senior $15
Student 13yrs+ $10
Child up to 12yrs free at the door
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Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:00 pm
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Venus Unplugged

VENUS UNPLUGGED:
featuring a galaxy of stars
 
Saturday 18 November 7.30pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House
 
“Venus Unplugged: featuring a galaxy of stars”. The very best of music with Hauaauru, local stars Elise & Lizzie, and Charlotte Melser; Emma Gatsby & Company, and Chocolate Box from Wellington; and featuring Taranaki’s finest Juliet McLean and the Navigators. This not-to-be-missed lineup features acoustic, folk, looping, jazz, funk, soul, and a little bit of rock n roll. [A benefit concert for the Women’s Network].
 
Finish approx. 10.30pm
 
Adult $25
Senior / Student $20
Women’s Network Supporter $20 – not available online
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Saturday, November 18, 2017 7:30 pm
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Saturday Night Fever

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
 
Tuesday 21 November 8pm

Royal Wanganui Opera House

The greatest disco musical of all time

The greatest dancefloor musical of all time, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, will tour Arenas and Theatres in New Zealand this November and December.

Today's announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of the film starring John Travolta -- spawning a decade of disco, fuelled by Bee Gees hits including Stayin Alive, Disco Inferno, More than a Woman, You Should Be Dancing and Jive Talkin.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is the iconic coming-of-age story of young Tony Manero who learns the value of life in 1970s Brooklyn. By day he is a humble paint store clerk but at night he turns into the polyester-clad king of the local discotheque. He uses the dance floor as an escape from the reality of his dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his association with a gang of dead-beat friends.

This contemporary retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. Now, a new generation of talented actors, singers and dancers meets a new generation of theatre-goers to explore the soaring sounds and pulsating rhythms of this coming-of-age disco fantasy.

Combining some of the most groundbreaking choreography ever with the best-selling motion picture soundtrack of all time, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER will be staged in 24 arenas and theatres around New Zealand as the ultimate end of year party event.

"Hit song after hit song, bright lights and dancing to blow you away." —BBC
 
A reserve: $85
B reserve: $79.90

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

 

Tuesday 21 November 8pm

Royal Wanganui Opera House

 

The greatest disco musical of all time

 

The greatest dancefloor musical of all time, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, will tour Arenas and Theatres in New Zealand this November and December.

 

Today's announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of the film starring John Travolta -- spawning a decade of disco, fuelled by Bee Gees hits including Stayin Alive, Disco Inferno, More than a Woman, You Should Be Dancing and Jive Talkin.

 

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is the iconic coming-of-age story of young Tony Manero who learns the value of life in 1970s Brooklyn. By day he is a humble paint store clerk but at night he turns into the polyester-clad king of the local discotheque. He uses the dance floor as an escape from the reality of his dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his association with a gang of dead-beat friends.

 

This contemporary retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. Now, a new generation of talented actors, singers and dancers meets a new generation of theatre-goers to explore the soaring sounds and pulsating rhythms of this coming-of-age disco fantasy.

 

Combining some of the most groundbreaking choreography ever with the best-selling motion picture soundtrack of all time, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER will be staged in 24 arenas and theatres around New Zealand as the ultimate end of year party event.

 

"Hit song after hit song, bright lights and dancing to blow you away." —BBC

 

 

 

 

 

A reserve: $85

B reserve: $79.90

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:00 pm
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Mingle and Jingle

WHANGANUI WOMEN IN BUSINESS
MINGLE & JINGLE

Friday 24 November 7pm
Cooks Gardens Event Centre
99 St Hill Street

 

Mingle and Jingle: Kick up your heels and help celebrate the successes we have achieved together. The Whanganui Women in Business team invite you to join in some festive cheer, the chance to mingle and jingle, and have a bit of a boogie. Cash bar available at the venue. See you there!

Finish approx. 10pm

Tickets $15
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Friday, November 24, 2017 7:00 pm
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Lauren Nottingham / Mark Donlon Project

Lauren Nottingham / Mark Donlon Project (NZ/UK)
 
 
Thursday 30 November 7pm
Prince Edward Auditorium,
Collegiate School, Grey Street
 
Fresh from a spell in Berlin, New Zealand Jazz singer Lauren Nottingham has teamed up with UK pianist/composer Mark Donlon to present Australasia with a compelling program of Jazz spanning genres, languages and cultures. Their collaborations in 2016 saw the release of Donlon’s album Shadowbird (Fuzzymoon Records UK), with Lauren featuring alongside award-winning Australian Saxophonist Jamie Oehlers. From German Gypsy-Jazz to re-interpretations of songs by Madonna and David Bowie, and also original tunes from Shadowbird, this dynamic international collaboration is not to be missed.
 
Mark Donlon - piano
Lauren Nottingham - vocals
Mark Lockett - drums
Chris Beernink - bass
 
Finish approx. 9pm
 
Tickets $20
Jazz Club members $10
 
Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:00 pm
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Sing Noel from Pole to Pole

 SING NÖEL FROM POLE TO POLE

 
Saturday 2 December 2.30pm
Christ Church, Wicksteed Street
 
Celebrating Christmas with popular carols from both hemispheres:  England, Europe and New Zealand. Featuring the Schola Sacra Choir and Youth Chorus and soloists with organist Jonathan Berkahn.  Including traditional favourites with audience participation. 
 
 
Finish approx. 4.30pm
 
Adult $20
Senior $15
Child U18 free at the door
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Saturday, December 02, 2017 2:30 pm
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Shirley McDouall School of Dance 2017

Shirley McDouall School of Dance presents

TOYLAND &
A CHRISTMAS TALE
 
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December 5pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House
 
These are fun and vibrant Christmas themed variations on the original tales danced by all students of Shirley McDouall School of Dance.
This show will get the whole family into the spirit of Christmas.
 
Finish approx. 7pm
 
Adult $18
Senior / Friends OH $16
Child 3yrs – at school $13
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Saturday, December 02, 2017 5:00 pm
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Shirley McDouall School of Dance 2017

Shirley McDouall School of Dance presents

TOYLAND &
A CHRISTMAS TALE
 
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December 5pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House
 
These are fun and vibrant Christmas themed variations on the original tales danced by all students of Shirley McDouall School of Dance.
 
This show will get the whole family into the spirit of Christmas.
 
Finish approx. 7pm
 
Adult $18
Senior / Friends OH $16
Child 3yrs – at school $13
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Sunday, December 03, 2017 5:00 pm
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Jack and the Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Dec 6.30pm
Sunday 17 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 Dec 6.30pm
Saturday 23 December 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street
 
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Colin Hedivan
 
Jack and his mother are in debt again! Their wicked landlady, and her side-kick, are about to throw them out, and creditors are closing in. So, with nothing else left, Betsy, their beloved cow, must be sold. But Jack is in love and instead of getting money, Jack accepts beans from a stranger .... magic beans! And soon he is up among the clouds in a wondrous land where there is a Goose that lays golden eggs, and, Fee Fie Fo Fum  ... a Giant with a dangerous appetite!
 
 
Finish approx. 2hrs
 
Adult $20    Senior $18
Student $15    Child U15 $10
Family 2A+2C $55 - not online
Repertory member concessions - not online
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Friday, December 15, 2017 6:30 pm
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Jack and the Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Dec 6.30pm
Sunday 17 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 Dec 6.30pm
Saturday 23 December 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street
 
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Colin Hedivan
 
Jack and his mother are in debt again! Their wicked landlady, and her side-kick, are about to throw them out, and creditors are closing in. So, with nothing else left, Betsy, their beloved cow, must be sold. But Jack is in love and instead of getting money, Jack accepts beans from a stranger .... magic beans! And soon he is up among the clouds in a wondrous land where there is a Goose that lays golden eggs, and, Fee Fie Fo Fum  ... a Giant with a dangerous appetite!
 
 
Finish approx. 2hrs
 
Adult $20    Senior $18
Student $15    Child U15 $10
Family 2A+2C $55 - not online
Repertory member concessions - not online
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Saturday, December 16, 2017 6:30 pm
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Jack and the Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Dec 6.30pm
Sunday 17 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 Dec 6.30pm
Saturday 23 December 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street
 
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Colin Hedivan
 
Jack and his mother are in debt again! Their wicked landlady, and her side-kick, are about to throw them out, and creditors are closing in. So, with nothing else left, Betsy, their beloved cow, must be sold. But Jack is in love and instead of getting money, Jack accepts beans from a stranger .... magic beans! And soon he is up among the clouds in a wondrous land where there is a Goose that lays golden eggs, and, Fee Fie Fo Fum  ... a Giant with a dangerous appetite!
 
 
Finish approx. 2hrs
 
Adult $20    Senior $18
Student $15    Child U15 $10
Family 2A+2C $55 - not online
Repertory member concessions - not online
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Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:30 pm
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Jack and the Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Dec 6.30pm
Sunday 17 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 Dec 6.30pm
Saturday 23 December 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street
 
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Colin Hedivan
 
Jack and his mother are in debt again! Their wicked landlady, and her side-kick, are about to throw them out, and creditors are closing in. So, with nothing else left, Betsy, their beloved cow, must be sold. But Jack is in love and instead of getting money, Jack accepts beans from a stranger .... magic beans! And soon he is up among the clouds in a wondrous land where there is a Goose that lays golden eggs, and, Fee Fie Fo Fum  ... a Giant with a dangerous appetite!
 
 
Finish approx. 2hrs
 
Adult $20    Senior $18
Student $15    Child U15 $10
Family 2A+2C $55 - not online
Repertory member concessions - not online
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:30 pm
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Jack and the Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Dec 6.30pm
Sunday 17 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 Dec 6.30pm
Saturday 23 December 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street
 
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Colin Hedivan
 
Jack and his mother are in debt again! Their wicked landlady, and her side-kick, are about to throw them out, and creditors are closing in. So, with nothing else left, Betsy, their beloved cow, must be sold. But Jack is in love and instead of getting money, Jack accepts beans from a stranger .... magic beans! And soon he is up among the clouds in a wondrous land where there is a Goose that lays golden eggs, and, Fee Fie Fo Fum  ... a Giant with a dangerous appetite!
 
 
Finish approx. 2hrs
 
Adult $20    Senior $18
Student $15    Child U15 $10
Family 2A+2C $55 - not online
Repertory member concessions - not online
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Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:30 pm
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Jack and the Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Dec 6.30pm
Sunday 17 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 Dec 6.30pm
Saturday 23 December 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street
 
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Colin Hedivan
 
Jack and his mother are in debt again! Their wicked landlady, and her side-kick, are about to throw them out, and creditors are closing in. So, with nothing else left, Betsy, their beloved cow, must be sold. But Jack is in love and instead of getting money, Jack accepts beans from a stranger .... magic beans! And soon he is up among the clouds in a wondrous land where there is a Goose that lays golden eggs, and, Fee Fie Fo Fum  ... a Giant with a dangerous appetite!
 
 
Finish approx. 2hrs
 
Adult $20    Senior $18
Student $15    Child U15 $10
Family 2A+2C $55 - not online
Repertory member concessions - not online
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Friday, December 22, 2017 6:30 pm
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Jack and the Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Dec 6.30pm
Sunday 17 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 Dec 6.30pm
Saturday 23 December 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street
 
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Colin Hedivan
 
Jack and his mother are in debt again! Their wicked landlady, and her side-kick, are about to throw them out, and creditors are closing in. So, with nothing else left, Betsy, their beloved cow, must be sold. But Jack is in love and instead of getting money, Jack accepts beans from a stranger .... magic beans! And soon he is up among the clouds in a wondrous land where there is a Goose that lays golden eggs, and, Fee Fie Fo Fum  ... a Giant with a dangerous appetite!
 
 
Finish approx. 2hrs
 
Adult $20    Senior $18
Student $15    Child U15 $10
Family 2A+2C $55 - not online
Repertory member concessions - not online
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Saturday, December 23, 2017 1:30 pm
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Jack and the Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

 
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 Dec 6.30pm
Sunday 17 December 1.30pm
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 & Friday 22 Dec 6.30pm
Saturday 23 December 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Repertory Theatre, Ridgway Street
 
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Colin Hedivan
 
Jack and his mother are in debt again! Their wicked landlady, and her side-kick, are about to throw them out, and creditors are closing in. So, with nothing else left, Betsy, their beloved cow, must be sold. But Jack is in love and instead of getting money, Jack accepts beans from a stranger .... magic beans! And soon he is up among the clouds in a wondrous land where there is a Goose that lays golden eggs, and, Fee Fie Fo Fum  ... a Giant with a dangerous appetite!
 
 
Finish approx. 2hrs
 
Adult $20    Senior $18
Student $15    Child U15 $10
Family 2A+2C $55 - not online
Repertory member concessions - not online
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Saturday, December 23, 2017 6:30 pm
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Lunchtime Recital

Whanganui Opera Week
NZ Opera School
LUNCHTIME RECITAL
 
Wednesday 10 January 12 noon
Heritage House,
St Hill Street
 
Splendid music, delicious food and a beautiful environment - what better way could there be to spend your lunchtime! 
 
Presented by current and previous Dame Malvina Major Scholars from New Zealand Opera, traditionally this recital is the first public performance by students of the New Zealand Opera School at the annual residential Summer School in Whanganui.
 
A buffet lunch precedes the concert; excellent food, great music, talented young performers in beautiful surroundings all make this an event not to be missed.
 
Finish approx 2pm
 
Tickets $25 includes lunch
 
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 pm
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Masterclass 1

Whanganui Opera Week
NZ Opera School
 
PUBLIC MASTERCLASS 1
with Cesar Ulloa
 
 
Friday 12 January  7.30pm
 
Prince Edward Auditorium, Wanganui Collegiate School
 
The NZ Opera School offers young singers the opportunity to develop their vocal techniques, their language and performance abilities during twelve days of intensive tuition.
 
The tutors who are selected to teach at the NZOS are of the very highest standard and come to Whanganui from around the world, as well as New Zealand.
 
Wanganui Collegiate School is the venue chosen to host the NZ Opera School in January each year as it offers excellent facilities with accommodation, dining room, the Prince Edward Auditorium, Chapel and music rooms. The facilities are excellent for fostering and nurturing the training of New Zealand’s emerging Opera Stars.
 
If you have never been to a Masterclass before, we urge you to experience a training session in progress.
 
The masterclasses give a greater insight into the development of the human voice, and are great fun!
 
Bring a friend and enjoy a glass of wine or juice after the masterclass.
Finish approx 10pm
 
Tickets $15 each
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Friday, January 12, 2018 7:30 pm
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Masterclass 2

Whanganui Opera Week
NZ Opera School
 
PUBLIC MASTERCLASS 2
 
with Della Jones                          
 
 
Monday 15 January  7.30pm
 
Prince Edward Auditorium, Wanganui Collegiate School
 
The NZ Opera School offers young singers the opportunity to develop their vocal techniques, their language and performance abilities during twelve days of intensive tuition.
 
The tutors who are selected to teach at the NZOS are of the very highest standard and come to Whanganui from around the world, as well as New Zealand.
 
Wanganui Collegiate School is the venue chosen to host the NZ Opera School in January each year as it offers excellent facilities with accommodation, dining room, the Prince Edward Auditorium, Chapel and music rooms. The facilities are excellent for fostering and nurturing the training of New Zealand’s emerging Opera Stars.
 
If you have never been to a Masterclass before, we urge you to experience a training session in progress.
 
The masterclasses give a greater insight into the development of the human voice, and are great fun!
 
Bring a friend and enjoy a glass of wine or juice after the masterclass.
Finish approx 10pm
 
Tickets $15 each
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Check out www.whanganuioperaweek.nz for other Opera Week events
Monday, January 15, 2018 7:30 pm
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Great Opera Moments

Whanganui Opera Week
NZ Opera School
 
GREAT OPERA MOMENTS
 
Saturday 20 January  7.30pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House
 
The New Zealand Opera School, based annually during January in Whanganui, is delighted the their Principal Sponsor, the Freemasons Foundation, will sponsor the final Opera School concert ‘Great Opera Moments 2018, in the Royal Wanganui Opera House
 
The School, based at the Wanganui Collegiate School, is now in its 24th year. 
 
An evening of arias and ensembles, magically staged in our own Royal Wanganui Opera House, you will be enchanted and entertained by all the students from the 2018 New Zealand Opera School. This is pure Opera pleasure.
 
Finish approx 10pm
   
Adult $35    Senior $30     Student $30
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Saturday, January 20, 2018 7:30 pm
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The Tempest

Bason Botanic Garden Trust presents
THE TEMPEST
 
Thursday 22 & Friday 23 February 7pm
Saturday 24 February 3pm & 8pm
Venue: Bason Botanic Gardens
 
The Tempest is said by some to be William Shakespeare’s last play.  Did you know that Shakespeare at Bason is the only volunteer theatre performing the classics in an outdoor setting for the community in Whanganui?  You want to be a part of this!  And, since Bason Botanic Gardens closes at dusk, the three night time performances are the only times that you are allowed to be in the park after dark!  It’s a very special place, don’t you think?
 
·        Running time approx  2.5 hours including intermission
·        Gates open 1 hour prior to performance
·        You may bring a tall chair or umbrella but you will be seated on the sides to make sure everyone has a good line of vision to the performance area.
·        Coffee and tea and a limited range of nibbles will be available. You can bring your own snack and please remember that this is a non BYO alcohol event.
·        No wine, beer, cider or spirits will be on offer, unless served in the picnic hamper.
 
 
Thursday night & Saturday matinee
Tickets $10 each
 
Friday & Saturday nights
Tickets $20
 
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Add a picnic hamper for one for $25  -  choose from the 3 dinner options below for the evening performances or buy an afternoon tea hamper to have during the Saturday matinee.
 
Option 1
1 x Gancia Prosecco DOC Brut (Italy)* 200ml bottle
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Selection of Cheese’s, sundried tomato with lightly toasted Baguette
Cold crumbed spicy chicken tenders with fresh summer salads
Buttered Croissant
Cheese cake
 
Option 2
1 x Craft Beer (330ml bottle)
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Marinated Prawns with spicy dip and Baguette
Curry-Lime Pork Kebabs with fresh summer salads
Buttered Croissant
Apple/Berry crumble
 
Option 3 - Vegetarian
1 x Gancia Prosecco DOC Brut (Italy)* 200ml bottle
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Selection of Cheese’s, sundried tomato with lightly toasted Baguette
Avocado and Spicy Onion Jam Croissants
Veg & Fruit flame grilled Kebabs
Apple/Berry Crumble
 
Saturday at 2pm - Afternoon Tea
1 x Juice selection - Mill Orchard (400ml bottle)
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Antipasto selection with crackers
Buttered Croissant
Fresh Fruit selection chocolate dipped
Citrus Tart
All options come with plastic glass, cutlery, serviettes and a placemat.
*wine subject to change but will be similar
 
All hampers are $25  -  supplied by AdAstra Catering
Thursday, February 22, 2018 7:00 pm
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The Tempest

Bason Botanic Garden Trust presents
THE TEMPEST
 
Thursday 22 & Friday 23 February 7pm
Saturday 24 February 3pm & 8pm
Venue: Bason Botanic Gardens
 
The Tempest is said by some to be William Shakespeare’s last play.  Did you know that Shakespeare at Bason is the only volunteer theatre performing the classics in an outdoor setting for the community in Whanganui?  You want to be a part of this!  And, since Bason Botanic Gardens closes at dusk, the three night time performances are the only times that you are allowed to be in the park after dark!  It’s a very special place, don’t you think?
 
·        Running time approx  2.5 hours including intermission
·        Gates open 1 hour prior to performance
·        You may bring a tall chair or umbrella but you will be seated on the sides to make sure everyone has a good line of vision to the performance area.
·        Coffee and tea and a limited range of nibbles will be available. You can bring your own snack and please remember that this is a non BYO alcohol event.
·        No wine, beer, cider or spirits will be on offer, unless served in the picnic hamper.
 
 
Thursday night & Saturday matinee
Tickets $10 each
 
Friday & Saturday nights
Tickets $20
 
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Add a picnic hamper for one for $25  -  choose from the 3 dinner options below for the evening performances or buy an afternoon tea hamper to have during the Saturday matinee.
 
Option 1
1 x Gancia Prosecco DOC Brut (Italy)* 200ml bottle
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Selection of Cheese’s, sundried tomato with lightly toasted Baguette
Cold crumbed spicy chicken tenders with fresh summer salads
Buttered Croissant
Cheese cake
 
Option 2
1 x Craft Beer (330ml bottle)
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Marinated Prawns with spicy dip and Baguette
Curry-Lime Pork Kebabs with fresh summer salads
Buttered Croissant
Apple/Berry crumble
 
Option 3 - Vegetarian
1 x Gancia Prosecco DOC Brut (Italy)* 200ml bottle
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Selection of Cheese’s, sundried tomato with lightly toasted Baguette
Avocado and Spicy Onion Jam Croissants
Veg & Fruit flame grilled Kebabs
Apple/Berry Crumble
 
Saturday at 2pm - Afternoon Tea
1 x Juice selection - Mill Orchard (400ml bottle)
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Antipasto selection with crackers
Buttered Croissant
Fresh Fruit selection chocolate dipped
Citrus Tart
All options come with plastic glass, cutlery, serviettes and a placemat.
*wine subject to change but will be similar
 
All hampers are $25  -  supplied by AdAstra Catering
Friday, February 23, 2018 7:00 pm
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The Tempest

Bason Botanic Garden Trust presents
THE TEMPEST
 
Thursday 22 & Friday 23 February 7pm
Saturday 24 February 3pm & 8pm
Venue: Bason Botanic Gardens
 
The Tempest is said by some to be William Shakespeare’s last play.  Did you know that Shakespeare at Bason is the only volunteer theatre performing the classics in an outdoor setting for the community in Whanganui?  You want to be a part of this!  And, since Bason Botanic Gardens closes at dusk, the three night time performances are the only times that you are allowed to be in the park after dark!  It’s a very special place, don’t you think?
 
·        Running time approx  2.5 hours including intermission
·        Gates open 1 hour prior to performance
·        You may bring a tall chair or umbrella but you will be seated on the sides to make sure everyone has a good line of vision to the performance area.
·        Coffee and tea and a limited range of nibbles will be available. You can bring your own snack and please remember that this is a non BYO alcohol event.
·        No wine, beer, cider or spirits will be on offer, unless served in the picnic hamper.
 
 
Thursday night & Saturday matinee
Tickets $10 each
 
Friday & Saturday nights
Tickets $20
 
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Add a picnic hamper for one for $25  -  choose from the 3 dinner options below for the evening performances or buy an afternoon tea hamper to have during the Saturday matinee.
 
Option 1
1 x Gancia Prosecco DOC Brut (Italy)* 200ml bottle
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Selection of Cheese’s, sundried tomato with lightly toasted Baguette
Cold crumbed spicy chicken tenders with fresh summer salads
Buttered Croissant
Cheese cake
 
Option 2
1 x Craft Beer (330ml bottle)
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Marinated Prawns with spicy dip and Baguette
Curry-Lime Pork Kebabs with fresh summer salads
Buttered Croissant
Apple/Berry crumble
 
Option 3 - Vegetarian
1 x Gancia Prosecco DOC Brut (Italy)* 200ml bottle
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Selection of Cheese’s, sundried tomato with lightly toasted Baguette
Avocado and Spicy Onion Jam Croissants
Veg & Fruit flame grilled Kebabs
Apple/Berry Crumble
 
Saturday at 2pm - Afternoon Tea
1 x Juice selection - Mill Orchard (400ml bottle)
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Antipasto selection with crackers
Buttered Croissant
Fresh Fruit selection chocolate dipped
Citrus Tart
All options come with plastic glass, cutlery, serviettes and a placemat.
*wine subject to change but will be similar
 
All hampers are $25  -  supplied by AdAstra Catering
Saturday, February 24, 2018 3:00 pm
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The Tempest

Bason Botanic Garden Trust presents
THE TEMPEST
 
Thursday 22 & Friday 23 February 7pm
Saturday 24 February 3pm & 8pm
Venue: Bason Botanic Gardens
 
The Tempest is said by some to be William Shakespeare’s last play.  Did you know that Shakespeare at Bason is the only volunteer theatre performing the classics in an outdoor setting for the community in Whanganui?  You want to be a part of this!  And, since Bason Botanic Gardens closes at dusk, the three night time performances are the only times that you are allowed to be in the park after dark!  It’s a very special place, don’t you think?
 
·        Running time approx  2.5 hours including intermission
·        Gates open 1 hour prior to performance
·        You may bring a tall chair or umbrella but you will be seated on the sides to make sure everyone has a good line of vision to the performance area.
·        Coffee and tea and a limited range of nibbles will be available. You can bring your own snack and please remember that this is a non BYO alcohol event.
·        No wine, beer, cider or spirits will be on offer, unless served in the picnic hamper.
 
 
Thursday night & Saturday matinee
Tickets $10 each
 
Friday & Saturday nights
Tickets $20
 
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Add a picnic hamper for one for $25  -  choose from the 3 dinner options below for the evening performances or buy an afternoon tea hamper to have during the Saturday matinee.
 
Option 1
1 x Gancia Prosecco DOC Brut (Italy)* 200ml bottle
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Selection of Cheese’s, sundried tomato with lightly toasted Baguette
Cold crumbed spicy chicken tenders with fresh summer salads
Buttered Croissant
Cheese cake
 
Option 2
1 x Craft Beer (330ml bottle)
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Marinated Prawns with spicy dip and Baguette
Curry-Lime Pork Kebabs with fresh summer salads
Buttered Croissant
Apple/Berry crumble
 
Option 3 - Vegetarian
1 x Gancia Prosecco DOC Brut (Italy)* 200ml bottle
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Selection of Cheese’s, sundried tomato with lightly toasted Baguette
Avocado and Spicy Onion Jam Croissants
Veg & Fruit flame grilled Kebabs
Apple/Berry Crumble
 
Saturday at 2pm - Afternoon Tea
1 x Juice selection - Mill Orchard (400ml bottle)
1 x Waiwera Water 250ml
Antipasto selection with crackers
Buttered Croissant
Fresh Fruit selection chocolate dipped
Citrus Tart
All options come with plastic glass, cutlery, serviettes and a placemat.
*wine subject to change but will be similar
 
All hampers are $25  -  supplied by AdAstra Catering
Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:00 pm
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Foster & Allen

Event Entertainment present

FOSTER & ALLEN
 
Friday 4 May 7pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House
 
Legendary Irish folk music due Foster & Allen are number one stars across the globe, having 30 new-release charting albums over a 40-year career, the only act in the world to do so.  This legendary Irish folk music act began in 1975 when Mick Foster & Tony Allen formed their duo after many years of playing together.  Their big break came with the single 'A Bunch of Thyme' which stayed in the Irish Charts for an unbelievable 53 weeks and became a Number One single in the British Top 20.  Foster & Allen's mega-hits include 'Old Flames' & 'Maggie' which has seen them amass record sales in excess of 20 million sales worldwide due to their loyal fan-base.
 
Foster & Allen's style and easy listening sound remains as fresh and exciting as ever.  Join them on their 2018 New Zealand tour.
 
Finish approx. 9.20pm
 
Tickets $75
Group 8+ $70 each
 
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Friday, May 04, 2018 7:00 pm
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RNZB Tutus on Tour

Royal New Zealand Ballet
TUTUS ON TOUR
 
Friday 13 July 6.30pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House
 
The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s much-loved regional touring programme continues in 2018. Tutus on Tour brings dancers from the RNZB into seven regional centres including Wanganui, with performances tailor-made for smaller venues, and suitable for all ages.
A fantastic opportunity to see your critically-acclaimed national ballet company performing highlights from their extensive repertoire, including classical and contemporary favourites and new works. Programme details for the Wanganui performance will be announced early 2018. 
With one show only and tickets priced at just $25-$35 for adults ($10-$20 child) this is guaranteed to sell fast.
 
Finish approx. 8pm
 
A reserve:
Adult $35  - Group 6+ $31.50 each
Senior / Student / unwaged $31.50
Child to 18yrs $20 - Group 6+ $18
B reserve:
Adult $25  - Group 6+ $22.50ea
Senior / Student / unwaged $22.50
Child to 18yrs $10 - Group 6+ $9 each
 
Friends & Young Friends of RNZB – password ENPOINTE
A reserve $28
B reserve $20
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Friday, July 13, 2018 6:30 pm
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