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The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabits it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Its sensational score includes "Think of Me", "Angel of Music", "Music of the Night", "All I Ask of You", "Masquerade" and the title song "Phantom of the Opera".

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RENT is a Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, with lyrics and music by Jonathan Larson (who died tragically on its opening night in 1996).  It debuted in New York City on February 13, 1996 at the New York Theatre Workshop before moving to Broadway, where it opened at the Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996.

8-17 May 2013 at The Auditorium, Centennial Drive, Palmerston North.


Song & Dance

The Auditorium, Palmerston North -  14th-29th March 2014

Featuring Amy Hunt

“Song & Dance” features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Don Black.  The show was unique at the time as it combined a one woman musical with a danced second half.  The first half, which went on to be called “Tell Me on a Sunday” focuses on an English girl looking for love in New York.  The second half involved a ballet choreographed to “Variations” which was written for Andrew’s cellist brother Julian, based on the A Minor Caprice No. 24 by Paganini.  The show was very popular with audiences and went on to be a success on Broadway, after some Americanisation and changes to the script.  Bernadette Peters played the role of ‘The Girl’ for over a year, winning a Tony Award for her performance.  The whole show has not been performed in recent years, instead the“Song” section has been revived in a solo form, which opened in 2003 in London’s West End.

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Guys and Dolls

Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High -  13th-22nd March 2014

PNBHS with PNGHS will present the classic Frank Loesser musical, Guys and Dolls, for nine performances in the Speirs Centre from March 13-22, 2014. Last performed in Palmerston North in 2001 by Abbey Musical Theatre, this spoof on 1920s-1930s’ gambling and prohibition will woo the audience with it snazzy jazz, soft shoe shuffle and Bronx wannabe gangsters! Smooth dealer Sky Masterson is captivated by the prim Salvation Army mission leader, Sarah Brown. Meanwhile dance girl Adelaide laments the lack of progress in her 14 year engagement to Nathan Detroit, who is struggling to find a venue for the next instalment of his “oldest, established, permanent floating, game in New York”! 

Some artistic direction is being drawn from the highly successful 1992 Broadway revival which won 11 awards and is featured on Youtube. This production will feature a strong dance component and a few special “tweaks”.

Production management team: 
Director: Chris Burton 
Musical and Vocal Director: Liz O’Connor 
Band Director: Sandra Wheeler 
Producer: Brett Greer 
Dance Director: Cara O’Neill 
Assistant Vocal Director: Paul Dredge 
Stage Manager: Josh Everson (Year 13)
Costume Directors: Carol Kellett, Sally Darby 
Direction assistant: Ed Reilly (Y13)


It is the late 1970s, and a brothel has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, Texas, for more than a century.  It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, having been left to her by the original owner.  While taking care of her girls, she is also on good terms with the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd.  When crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe decides to make the illegal activity an issue, political ramifications cause the place to be closed down.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a musical with a book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and music and lyrics by Carol Hall and is based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel known as the Chicken Ranch, which operated from the 1940s to 1973.

Production History

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on 19 June 1978 and ran for 1,584 performances.
In what was described as "a return engagement", the show opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on 31 May 1982 and closed on 24 July 1982 after nine previews and 63 performances.  A West End theatre production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 27 February 1981. It ran for 204 performances.  A short-lived sequel entitled The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public was staged on Broadway in 1994.  A revival production of the musical was staged on London’s Fringe at The Union Theatre from October – November 2011.


The biggest comedy musical in years!

Live at the Regent Theatre, Palmerston North
8-24 August 2013

In "Hairspray" it's 1962, the '50s are out and change is in the air.  Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad ... a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart ... has only one passion - to dance.  She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, 'The Corny Collins Show' and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity.  But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the programme's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a television show without denting her 'do? ... only in "Hairspray"!  Welcome to the '60s!

"Hairspray" - Broadway's musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  As The New York Times says, "If life were everything it should be, it would be more like 'Hairspray'.  It's irresistible!"

Live comedy doesn't get any bigger than this!

As the New York Times says, "If life wer everything it should be, it would be more like 'Hairspray'. It's irresistible!".

Click here to see a video of Hairspray in New Zealand




Avenue Q is an American musical addressing and mocking the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. The musical is notable for using puppets alongside human actors and won three Tony Awards in 2003, including Best Musical.

“Avenue Q” is an ‘autobiographical and biographical’ coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirising the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children they were assured by their parents and children’s television programmes, that they were ‘special’ and ‘could do anything’; but as adults they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited and they are no more ‘special’ than anyone else.

Due to the subject matter, “Avenue Q” is not appropriate for young children.


Chess: The Musical came to The Regent Theatre in Palmerston North during August 2012. This leading-edge presentation incorporated the original stage production of Chess with a 21st century lighting spectacular and a live orchestra. The production was a high-quality, high-energy presentation of the timeless musical, Chess.