Swinging sixties musical in town

Shayna Tattersfield, left,  plays Cindy Rella in the upcoming Be-Bop-A-Lula musical by Hutt City Musical Theatre along ...
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Shayna Tattersfield, left, plays Cindy Rella in the upcoming Be-Bop-A-Lula musical by Hutt City Musical Theatre along with the two step-sisters Sissie Rella (Siobhan Metuarii) and Susie Rella (Leonie Hawke).

Put on your swing skirts and get dolled up for a night out as a new musical rolls into town.

The players at Hutt City Musical Theatre have been rehearsing for their upcoming performance of Be-Bop-A-Lula, a swinging musical set in the 1960s.

Matt Tunnicliffe has taken on the role of directing the show - his first time ever, although he's been involved in the world of theatre for a while on both sides of the stage.

The Ronnettes - Dawn Devereaux-McGlashan (left), Rosina Stevenson and Katie Watling and The Sherries, Beatrice ...
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The Ronnettes - Dawn Devereaux-McGlashan (left), Rosina Stevenson and Katie Watling and The Sherries, Beatrice Bassett-Burr, Charmaine Henwood and Colleen Wilton.

"I've done about 25-30 shows in the past," he said

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It has been a family event for Tunnicliffe too, as he said his mum had pitched in to help, as she had with previous productions.

The Sherries,  Colleen Wilton (left), Charmaine Henwood and Beatrice Bassett-Burr doting over Johnny Hearthrob, played ...
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The Sherries, Colleen Wilton (left), Charmaine Henwood and Beatrice Bassett-Burr doting over Johnny Hearthrob, played by Felipe McDonald-Cuevas.

A cast of 27 has come together for the show and while coordinating that many people to turn up for a rehearsal was challenging, everyone had been keen to pitch in.

"It's going really well," Tunnicliffe said. "We're really happy with the cast."

As well as a few familiar faces, there were lots of new people joining the HCMT.

Auditions were held over Waitangi weekend and rehearsals started just one week later.

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The story is based on the classic Cinderella fairytale and follows Cindy as she tries to win her prince Johnny.

At the moment the cast rehearses twice a week but that will grow to three times a week ahead of opening night on May 3.

Tunnicliffe said so far they were well on track for the performance and the first act had been pretty much nailed down. .

The show will run until May 20 with 11 performances all up at the Epuni Community Hall in Mitchell St.

The crew was also hard at work making costumes and designing sets for the piece.

* For show tickets and details check out the page on the Expressions Whirinaki website.

 - Stuff

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