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Two Arrow stars coming to Wellington for Armageddon Expo in May

Press Release – Armageddon Expo
Stars from the hit TV series ARROW have confirmed they will be coming to the Armageddon Expo in Wellington from Saturday May 31st to Monday June 2nd. Read more »

MAP: Plans for royal walk in Civic Square include road closures

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Civic Square map, showing access points and designated areas.

News from WCC
Wellingtonians will have the opportunity to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday during their final public appearance in New Zealand, when they take a walk in Civic Square. Read more »

Council has plans to make Christmas ‘memorable and vibrant’

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council has unveiled new plans to celebrate Christmas in the Capital. Read more »

First episodes of shoestring budget Wellington web series released

Press Release – Poor Sailors Arts Collective
Today we release the first three episodes of our new Wellington-made web series, NZ Idle | Friends with Unemployment Benefits. Read more »

Museums behind the scenes – tour of collection store

Press Release – Wellington Museums Trust
An exclusive tour of the Museums Wellington Collection Store will take place on Friday 16 May from 10am- 12pm in celebration of International Museums Day (18 May). The theme for Museums world-wide is “Museum collections make connections.” Read more »

New circus showcase featuring staff and students from Hub

Press Release – Wellington Circus Trust
Raw is here again. It’s an exciting circus showcase featuring new works by the staff and students of the Wellington Circus Hub… a great way to catch up with the wider Wellington circus community and a family-friendly, fun night for all involved. Read more »

Jarred Fell at Fringe Bar

Press Release – Jarred Fell

A razor sharp show that is so dangerous he may even get arrested. Read more »

Sublime clarinet and string quartet concert in Wellington

Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand
“The Mozart Quintet has been a living presence with me for more than 50 years, and after Campbell’s collaboration with the New Zealand String Quartet, I have no hope of hearing it played better.” – Show Time Magazine (Canada)

One of the best-known works for clarinet quintets features in a concert in Wellington in May performed by the New Zealand String Quartet with Canadian clarinet virtuoso James Campbell. Read more »

Documentary Edge announces opening and closing titles

Press Release – Elephant Publicity
As print programmes for the 9th Annual Documentary Edge Festival start to populate throughout Wellington, and the website is now live with all 59 films on offer, organizers have announced their opening and closing night films . Read more »

International Dance Day at Te Papa – and it’s free

Press Release – Youthdance

YouthDance Education Trust, Winners of the 2013 Wellington Airport Regional Community Award for Arts & Culture, is proud to present International Dance Day. Read more »

Wellington dominates NZ film industry with $700m earnings in 2013

Press Release – Grow Wellington
Official figures released today show Wellington continues to lead the country’s film industry, with businesses in the region earning $700million from films in 2013 – 81 percent of all film revenue in New Zealand. Read more »

APRA Silver Scroll awards to be held in Wellington

Press Release – Maiden New Zealand
APRA AMCOS are proud to announce that the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards will be held in Wellington on Thursday 30th October. Read more »

Shostakovich authority to conduct Russian Fire with NZSO

Press Release – NZ Symphony Orchestra
This May, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performs with star conductor from Russia Alexander Lazarev and acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov. Read more »

Flight of the Conchords help Bats to launch fund-raising campaign

Press Release – Bats Theatre

FoTC Play at Fly BATS Home image by Theo Taylor
Flight of the Conchords play at Fly Bats Home. Image by Theo Taylor

The launch of Bats Theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… Read more »

Boys wanted for Sound of Music auditions

Press Release – Skip Ink
Casting agents will this weekend begin the first stage of their search for young New Zealanders to play the Von Trapp children in one of the biggest and best-loved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, which is coming to New Zealand in September.

About 1000 young actors have registered online to audition for this spectacular show and of those registered, the girls outnumber the boys 5:1.

Agents are particularly keen to see more boys register to play 14-year-old Friedrich and 11-year-old Kurt in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production that opens at Wellington’s St James Theatre on 12 September and The Civic in Auckland on 3 October, featuring an international cast in the principal roles.

“New Zealand’s strong sports culture has seen boys shy away from performing arts,” says Shane Cortese, a star of TV and stage. “It’s OK to be a sportsman and an actor too. Performing isn’t a sissy’s sport. It’s cool and lots of fun and can be a very good career. New Zealand has a lot of very good natural performers who, for whatever reason, are reluctant to take those first steps. Give it a go boys. You may actually enjoy it.”

Pre-registrations will be held in Wellington on Saturday and Auckland on Sunday. More details at

This lavish and critically acclaimed West End production features seven children that form the Von Trapp family, and the producers will cast six of these children in New Zealand.

Two male and four female roles will be auditioned for in Wellington and Auckland over the next few weeks and children who fit the character brief outlined below.

The roles the producers are looking for are:

Friedrich – height 1.52m (5’ approx), playing a boy aged 14
Louisa – height 1.49m (4’11 approx), playing a girl aged 13
Kurt – height 1.44m (4’9 approx), playing a boy aged 11
Brigitta – height 1.4m (4’7” approx), playing a girl aged 9/10
Marta – height 1.32m (4’4 approx), playing a girl aged 7
Gretl – height 1.2m (4 approx), played by a girl to be no younger than 6/7

Producer of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions James Cundall said, “This is an exciting opportunity for local talent to star in an international and West End blockbuster. We are looking for 18 children in total to play six roles in this family musical and encourage aspiring young actors and actresses of the right height to come along and audition.”

With its unforgettable score THE SOUND OF MUSIC touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical theatre stage, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi,Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Edelweiss, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain Von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the mountains.

The original Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was Rogers and Hammerstein’s biggest success. The 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews as Maria won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and remains one of the most popular movies of all time.

This dazzling production from the home of West End musical theatre – the famous London Palladium – is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company and David Ian Productions, and is presented in New Zealand by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises.

WELLINGTON – From 12 September – St James Theatre
AUCKLAND – From 3 October – The Civic
Tickets on sale in June.

Headed by James Cundall, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is one of Australasia’s leading producers of live entertainment, and over the last two decades has created a reputation for bringing top quality international productions to audiences across five continents. Since 1992, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has produced a wide array of live entertainment including musicals (Annie, Chicago, Cats, We Will Rock You, Chicago, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, South Pacific, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera); spectaculars (Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, Riverdance); boutique shows (Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Stomp, Circus Oz, Potted Potter, Slava’s Snowshow); musical concerts (ABBA Mania, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Bootleg Beatles); international artists (Elaine Paige, Bryn Terfel, David Helfgott, Clive James, Ricky Martin); concerts (The Last Night of the Proms for the Hong Kong Handover, The Grimethorpe Colliery Band); plays (The 39 Steps, The Woman in Black); children’s shows (Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Barney the Dinosaur); as well as The Imperial Ice Stars productions of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice , Cinderella on Ice and The Nutcracker on Ice to name just a few.

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is based in the UK with companies in Hong Kong, Singapore, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

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Wellington Fashion Week launches with Moochi

Press Release – Wellington Fashion Week
It was a stellar Opening Night for Wellington Fashion Week as high-end fashion label Moochi showcased 17 pieces of their 2014 Winter Collection. Read more »

Backyard Theatre presents Absurdities by Michael Pohl

Press Release – Backyard Theatre
Following a trial season at the Understudy at Bats, Absurdities will be taking the Gryphon Theatre on Ghuznee Street by storm. This sharp, satirical, hilarious series of short sketches is in the vein of such acts as Monty Python, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and Saturday Night Live. Read more »

Music-theatre production for cathedral’s 50th jubilee

Press Release – Barbarian Productions
As part of their 50th Jubilee celebrations, the Wellington Cathedral will host an exciting new music-theatre project featuring voluntary local singers. Read more »

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