Prostitute runs funeral parlour

PHIL BARNES
Last updated 09:36 13/06/2013
Stiff
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GETTING IN THE MOOD: Rehearsal time, for from left, Doug Nottage (Delilah) Tania Burns (Roxeanne Pain), Flower Bradley (Angel Delight), and Jacqui Clayton who (Sherry the dumb blonde).

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The Nelson Musical Theatre is putting on its first full play next week at its specially-built theatre by Founders Heritage Park in Atawhai Drive.

The show is a comedy written by New Zealander April Phillips called Stiff. The story is centred on Angel Delight, the illegitimate daughter of a funeral parlour director who inherits the business when her birth father, whom she never met, dies.

Before she can sell the business and the land, which is much more valuable, she has to continue to run the business as a funeral parlour for another five years. Unfortunately, she knows nothing about the funeral business but a lot about "the oldest profession in the world" - prostitution.

Director, Ross Benbow, who is also president of the Nelson Musical Theatre, said this resulted in "Angel and her mates running the funeral business as a brothel".

Ross said Stiff had a cast of eight who had been rehearsing for the show for eight weeks. A further eight people are involved in the chorus.

"The characters include a dominatrix, a dumb blond and a transvestite who is obsessed with cleaning," he said.

The show opens on Thursday, June 20, and there are performances on June 21 and 22 and from June 27 to 29. A meal is served with these shows at 7pm with the performance starting at 8pm.

There are show-only performances on June 25 and 26 starting at 8pm. Book through iticket.co.nz or phone 0508 484253.

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