New Christmas at the Bowl app gives words to carols at December 20 show

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Christmas at the Bowl artistic director Jordan McFadyen explains how to use the new app.

Christmas at the Bowl has made a move to reduce waste this year.

Organisers have introduced a free app, which will show when acts are on stage, a map of the venue and the words to the carols.

Instead of printing out about 6000 booklets, people will be given a programme with their candles and holders.

Jordan McFadyen shows off the new Christmas at the Bowl app.

Jordan McFadyen shows off the new Christmas at the Bowl app.

"We're encouraging people to download the app before they get to the event as we've found in the past that data usage can be very limited once at Christmas at the Bowl," artistic director Jordan McFadyen said.

"We're expecting close to 10,000 people there."

Two years ago organisers trialled a less-detailed app. Last year there was none. "This year we thought we'd put a bit more work into it because we got some really good feedback from our trial app."

People can find it in their app store by searching Christmas at the Bowl or CATB. "The app mainly is a way for people to be able to have the words to the carols with them.

"We want as many as the audience to be singing along and enjoying themselves during the carol parts of the evening."

People who don't have the app won't be left out though as words will also be on the big screen. 

Christmas at the Bowl will run on December 20. The entertainment on stage starts at 6.30pm with the show starting at 8pm and the Powerco fireworks display at 9.30pm. Entry costs a gold coin.

Despite having many other commitments Santa loves Christmas at the Bowl and will make an appearance.

One of the featured acts this year is Kangatraining, a type of exercise for mothers or fathers wear their babies.

They're going to present a seven-minute routine and invite crowd participation.  "We thought it would be something a little bit different and a little bit fun," McFadyen said.

Kangatraining Taranaki spokeswoman Bernetta Billing said people can check out their Facebook page for a sneak peek at their routine.

"Going from leading a class of 10 to15 to more than 15,000 people wasn't something we had aimed for, but are very excited about the challenge," she said.

 - Stuff

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