Christmas returns to the Stadium

Staff 'excited to be coming home'

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 15:00 12/12/2013
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Staff rehearsing for this year's ILT Christmas Variety show to be held at Stadium Southland.

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More than 2000 people will get a glimpse of the new stadium next weekend at the ILT Christmas Variety Show.

Stadium general manager Nigel Skelt said it would be the first time members of the public and staff would be allowed to enter the new stadium, more than three years since the roof collapsed in a heavy snow dump.

''The venue is not complete yet, but we will be able to host the show,'' Mr Skelt said.

The annual Christmas show has been performed at the Civic Theatre since the stadium has been out of action.

''Staff are really excited to be coming home,'' he said.

''This will be a snapshot of what will be available in 2014 and beyond.''

About 2000 tickets have sold, so another 200 tickets were released for sale on Monday.

Headlining acts X Factor winner Jackie Thomas and finalists Moorhouse have proven popular draw cards, particularly with teens, Mr Skelt said.

Invercargill man, former Gold Guitar winner and X Factor contestant Bryan Townley will also take the stage, as well as the Heartley's from Gore; Simon Green from Queenstown, and Emma Jones, who made her debut at the show in 2012.

The Invercargill Musical Theatre Company will perform, along with the City of Invercargill Pipe Band, dancers from La Muse and Shelley Coutts Dance Academy, and a special group made up of former and present Stadium Southland staff, who will perform several dance numbers including a Beatles medley.

The variety show will highlight the Christmas Festive Spirit, with one or two magical surprises thrown in.

Tickets for the December 20 show are $15 adults, $10 children or senior citizens, available from Stadium Southland reception and TicketDirect website.   

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