Popular musical for anniversary

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 08:08 16/11/2012
Melanie Bradley and Jason Fraser
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ
Choreographer Melanie Bradley and Invercargill Musical Theatre manager Jason Fraser get excited about the Invercargill Musical Theatre production of Grease next July.

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Grease is the word for the Invercargill Musical Theatre 60th Anniversary Show next July.

The theatre company is advertising for a director, musical director and choreographer for the production, last performed by the society in 1996.

The company also performed Grease 30 years ago this year, when it was still called the Invercargill Operatic Society.

Executive committee member Bernadette Gourley said one of the reasons the 1971 musical set at an American high school in the 1950s was chosen again was its universal popularity. Show tunes such as Summer Nights, You're the One that I Want and Hopelessly Devoted to You as well as the Grease title song have crossed generations to be remixed for radio airplay. The Invercargill community seemed to be more drawn to musicals if they were older and more popular, Mrs Gourley said.

Royalty costs to run the show - close to $1000 - had been paid and there had been "positive discussions" with Civic Theatre management that led the committee to believe the cost of putting Grease on would be affordable.

No cost had been set by Civic Theatre management yet, she said. Usually, the price of each ticket covered about 16 per cent of the royalty fee.

She expected some people who had taken part in the 1996 production might return for the 2013 year.

Applications for the production team close on November 30, but Mrs Gourley said they would welcome any expressions of interest in roles outside production.

Cast auditions would be held early in 2013 and it would be well advertised beforehand, she said.

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- The Southland Times

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