'Tis the season to be Gleeful

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 09:48 30/11/2012
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JOHN BISSET/ Fairfax NZ

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Bailey Dunnage and Hannah Austin and the Timaru Glee Club rehearse for their Christmas appearances.

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The Timaru Glee Club is getting into the Christmas spirit next month.

The cast will perform at Christmas on the Bay at the Caroline Bay soundshell on December 15, and at Carols by Candlelight at the Timaru Theatre Royal on December 23.

Director Bailey Dunnage said because of the two events he and fellow director Hannah Austin decided not to hold the planned Glee Christmas concert.

Bailey said they had two songs they were rehearsing, one being the Glee television series original Extraordinary Merry Christmas, and the other Do They Know It's Christmas.

The group were rehearsing hard, while at the same time keeping up with National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) exams and getting to other end-of-year events.

"We're rehearsing flat out for that.

"We just finished Extraordinary Merry Christmas and we're starting the other one now."

The club performed at the Timaru Festival of Roses at the weekend, which Bailey said was "amazing".

"We absolutely loved it. We had a lot of great feedback from that."

New cast members had given the group a boost, he said.

The cast will be busy in the summer, with talk of entering the Caroline Bay Carnival talent quest, but that would depend on cast members auditioning for X Factor New Zealand on January 9.

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