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Last updated 08:33 20/02/2013

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Risque play needs cast

Auditions are to be held this week for a fast-paced comedy that is slightly risque. It will be staged at Inglewood's Cue Theatre. Called When Did You Last See Your Trousers? it is written by Ray Galton and John Antrobus. Three women and eight men are required for the cast. Auditions take place at Cue Theatre Inglewood on Thursday at 7pm, with call backs on Monday, February 25, at 7pm. Phone the directors Trudie Ashford on 06 7650 919 or 027 924 8127 or John Bellomo on 027 328 3588 for scripts to audition. Proposed playing dates are from Saturday, June 29, to Saturday, July 13.

Musicians showcased

Singer Songwriters is back at New Plymouth's Little Theatre on the last Friday of every month for 2013 beginning this Friday night. It showcases the great musicians of this region and provides a unique environment for musicians to play. The night brings an attentive audience and an intimate environment. High production values and visuals are projected, while the musician is playing. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts 8pm. Free entry. It is an R16 event.

Leach feature artist

Next Tuesday, artist Maddie Leach will be the guest speaker at the Monica Brewster Evening. Maddie has made a name for herself with a project that she began in New Plymouth in February. It involves letters to this paper about "If you find the good oil let us know." A New Zealand artist, Maddie produces projects that aim to innovate by setting time, space, place and audience into complex arrangements and enacting process- orientated relationships. She is a senior lecturer at Massey College of creative arts, Wellington and is the 2011-12 New Zealand artist in residence at Govett-Brewster. The Monica Brewster Evening begins at 6pm at New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Maddie will discuss her new work in relation to her previous projects. Entry to the public is free.

Concert to celebrate

As a part of the Cathedral's Anniversary of Consecration and Stewardship weekend, Christopher Luke (director of music to Taranaki Cathedral and Community) and some of New Plymouth's leading classical musicians will present a concert titled Organ Plus! This will take place at the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary on Saturday, March 2, at 5pm and will feature music for solo pipe organ, organ and strings, organ and brass and a rare combination of an organ and piano duet. The concert will be in aid of the Oscar programmes, which are based at the Cathedral and offer care and nurture to families in our community. The match of instruments with the pipe organ always provides for a thrilling sound. The Taranaki Trio (2 violins and cello), with Luke at the organ, are thrilled to present some of Mozart's Church Sonatas. Also known as the Epistle Sonatas, these single movement works were performed during the celebration of the Mass, between the Epistle and Gospel readings for the day. Cathedral Brass will present several new arrangements for brass and organ including Marche-Sortie by the French composer Theodore Dubois (arranged by Luke) and a new arrangement of Thomas Tallis' tune Third Mode Melody by Bernard Kirkpatrick (organist at St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Parramatta in Australia). As a rare treat, Wesley Bell and will present a piano and organ duet. Based upon the ever-popular 19th century Shaker Melody (more commonly sung these days to the words of Lord of the Dance), this arrangement, by American Joel Raney, is a clever set of variations, which passes the tune between the piano and organ while the other offers rhythmic and harmonic support. This will certainly be something not to be missed. The cost of the concert will be $20/$15 (concession) with all proceeds supporting the Oscar programme. Following the concert, light refreshments will be served in the Hatherly Hall where you will have the opportunity to speak to the musicians involved. Tickets are available from the Cathedral or by phoning 06 758 3111.

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