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Auditions will be held at the Val Deakin Dance Theatre on Saturday, July 15 for parts in the company's upcoming ...

Auditions will be held at the Val Deakin Dance Theatre on Saturday, July 15 for parts in the company's upcoming production, Coppelia.

Ballet Auditions
Ballet show Coppelia will this year be staged in New Plymouth - two decades on since it was last seen by local audiences.

Val Deakin Dance Theatre Trust is planning a production of the comic masterpiece for the end of September.

The Dance Theatre last staged the show, which tells the story of a toymaker who creates life-like mechanical dolls, in 1997.

Performances will be held at the Dance Centre in St Aubyn Street and include Act 2 and parts of Act 3 from the famous, but now rarely performed ballet.

The company will be holding open auditions for parts in the ballet on Saturday, July 15 at the Dance Centre.

Children - both boys and girls - under 12 should come at 1pm and older dancers - both men and women - should arrive at 2pm.

Tribute to Queen
Winner of the UK version of Stars in Their Eyes in 2000, Gary Mullen has an uncanny vocal resemblance to the late Freddie Mercury.

Since winning the singing competition, the vocalist has toured the world with his tribute show, One Night of Queen.

Stopping to perform in places such as the USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand, he has enthralled audiences - including surviving members of Queen, with his impersonation of their frontman.

The live concert, performed by Mullen and The Works, recreates the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time.

Featuring hits I Want to Break Free, A Kind of Magic and We Will Rock You, the show will play out at TSB Stadium in New Plymouth on August 26.

Comedy Continues
A tasty selection of comedy acts will soon be served up in New Plymouth.

After a huge success with the Comedy Festival, the humour is set to continue with a nationwide tour of The Best Comedy Show on Earth.

Travelling to 13 cities, comedians Brendhan Lovegrove, Justine Smith, James Nokise, Nick Rado, Fan Brigade and Melanie Bracewell will bring a smorgasbord of fast-paced comedy.

The show will take place at the TSB Showplace in New Plymouth on September 16.

Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

School Holiday
Drop in with your kids to make art that surprises and inspires. Call in anytime during the sessions between 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm on both Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. No booking necessary, entry by donation.

Ballet Dancer
The film Dancer takes a look into the life Sergei Polunin who took the dance world by storm and became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal. At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom. Screening at the Len Lye Centre Cinema on Saturday, July 15 at 4pm, entry is $12 or $10 concession.

Artist Film
A documentary about the life of New Plymouth artist Tom Kreisler (1938-2002) screens in the Len Lye Centre on Sunday, July 16, in association with the current Govett-Brewster Art Gallery exhibition Open Collection #3: Tom. Entry is free.

Short Films
Len Lye curator Paul Brobbel presents a special programme of experimental short films from Len Lye and Oskar Fischinger, in the Len Lye Centre Cinema on Sunday, July 16 at 3pm. Entry is free, donations appreciated.

 - Stuff

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