The scene's all set to have a ball at the Bowl

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 14/12/2013
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BOWL READY: Director of Christmas in the Bowl, Morgan Davies, 26, hopes for some good weather this weekend at Christmas at the Bowl.

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Taranaki talent is gearing up for a big night at the Bowl tonight.

Christmas at the Bowl will open with Taranaki drummers Hitmen, who Morgan Davies hopes will get the family-filled crowd in a good mood for the night.

Mr Davies, the artistic director of the event, said Hitmen, who appeared on the first New Zealand's Got Talent, were a lively way to start the night.

"Then we've got everything from Estella Winnie McGee, who was on the second season of New Zealand's Got Talent, to Zumba, and lots of little kids from the Upbeat Glee Club.

"It's going to be a cracker night. We're just hoping for good weather," he said.

Mr Davies became the artistic director of Christmas at the Bowl in October and said it has been a whirlwind since then.

The 26-year-old, who had been the stage manager for the event in the past, has also designed a free iPhone application for the night.

"The app is pretty simple, but it has all the lyrics to all of the carols, which are being led by the New Plymouth brass band.

"Last year we tried to run an app via Facebook but with 13,000 people using the internet on their phones we crashed the server.

"If people download it before they get here it'll solve that issue," he said.

Mr Davies is looking forward to the 9.30pm fireworks, which will launch the TSB Bank Festival of Lights.

This year's festival, which kicks off tonight and will run through to January 25, will celebrate 60 years of lights in Pukekura Park.

This year's lineup of talent includes New Zealand X-Factor winner Jackie Thomas performing at the Bowl with third placegetter Benny Tipene.

A birthday party will take place in the park on January 24 and the festivities will include a giant pass the parcel.

An app for the festival has been launched on iPhone and Android and brochures should arrive in mailboxes shortly.

Pre-show entertainment for Christmas at the Bowl starts at 6.30pm tomorrow and the show begins at 8pm at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

The iPhone app can be downloaded from the apple store by searching CATB2013.

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