Christmas treat complete with pop hits

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2012

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Carols, pop tunes, and even a tribute to a dead 80s superstar will be on offer this year at the ILT Christmas Variety Show.

Now in its 12th year, the Stadium Southland event has some of its top talent coming home for the holidays to perform on Friday on the Civic Theatre stage.

Stadium special events co-ordinator Lucy Blackmore - who will perform alongside the Stadium Southland dancers - said the excitement was building around town.

Besides Rockin' around the Christmas Tree, White Christmas and Santa Baby, the night would also include some non-Christmas crowd-pleasers including Westlife's You Raise Me Up, backed by the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band, she said.

The Southland take on the boy band hit would star five familiar male faces from around town, including Invercargill lawyer Chris Menzies.

Co-director Hannah Skeggs said the number would be quite catchy as the bagpipes played and dry ice floated onto the stage around them "like mist from the mountains".

Real estate agent Jack Fraser would perform a duet with Wanaka country music singer Jody Direen, and SIT student Hamo Dell would sing a tribute to Whitney Houston. Gore duo The Heartleys will also perform.

"It's going to be quite a treat," Ms Blackmore said.

"The great thing about this is that it is for a wide demographic."

Two shows will be held on Friday, at 5pm and 8pm. Tickets are available from the Invercargill City Council booking office and TicketDirect and are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 15.

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- The Southland Times

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