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Last updated 07:48 12/02/2013

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Musical 'must do'

Described as a "must-do" on the summer music calendar, the annual Classic Hits Winery Tour is on tonight from 6pm at Sentry Hill Winery, 153 Cross Rd, New Plymouth.

The 100 per cent Kiwi lineup comprises some of New Zealand's best musicians. Headliners are Wellington seven-piece Fat Freddy's Drop, joined by Anika, Boh and Hollie.

The Adults feature Jon Toogood, Julia Deans and Shayne Carter.

Operatunity giveaway

Be in quick if you want to enter the lucky draw for the competition package of a double pass, a book and a CD for Operatunity's Spotlight on Stage. The daytime concert is at 11am this Friday at Citywest Church, 62c Poplar Gr, New Plymouth.

To enter the draw, email your details to hannah. fleming@dailynews.co.nz. Tickets for the concert are $30 including lunch, with discounts for groups and regular bookings. Contact Operatunity for inquiries, bookings or to request a free brochure: by phoning 0508 266 237 (toll-free) or emailing bookings@ operatunity. For more information, visit operatunity. co.nz

Three plays

Tickets are on sale for Hawera Repertory's production of Harrisment, to be staged at the Hawera Repertory House, Collins St, from March 2-9.

Directed by Shane Martin and Hollie Weir, Harissment offers three, one-act plays by acclaimed British playwright Richard Harris.

It will be the debut effort for the two Hawera directors. Martin has been involved in theatre for 24 years. Of the three plays, he chose to direct Albert because of the strength of the script.

"If you enjoy a great sit- com, then this is for you," he said.

It is an off-beat comedy concerning a Finnish girl, an Italian and an Englishman, none of whom speak a word of each other's language. The cast comprises David Rei Miller, Clive Cullen and Donnella Weir.

Weir takes charge of the other two plays, Keeping Mum and Plaster. She has been involved in theatre, TV, film and radio.

Keeping Mum is a sombre piece. A worn, harassed, middle-aged daughter sits at the hospital bedside of her terminally ill mother.

Aloud she mulls over the last few months, exploring her emotions - guilt, irritation, hate - all of which are underlined by a love that, tragically as it transpires, is now too late to communicate. The cast is Samantha Turner.

Plaster is a comedy about a downtrodden wife who tries to get the better of her husband.

It tells of an adulterous husband, bedridden after a car accident. His wife wants some questions answered. How did the accident occur? What was he doing when it happened? Who was there?

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The cast is Mike Avery and Linda Jefferies. Tickets can be bought from the South Taranaki i-Site.

Tribute to Elvis Presley

In May, the Hawera Memorial Theatre will pulsate to the sounds of an Elvis Presley Tribute Show.

There will be two performances: Saturday, May 18, at 7.30pm and Sunday, May 19, at 2pm. The show features Mark Leuthard, KD Wasley, Terry Fell, Dougie Brooks, Johnny Weir, Dave Nepia, Dinnie Moeahu, Shaun Campbell, Antony Jones, Debbie Clancy, James Weir and Teena McEwan, along with Tawhiti School and the Great Taranaki Steam Band.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, seniors and students and are available from the South Taranaki i-Site. Proceeds will go to the Hawera Memorial Theatre Friends Trust.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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