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Connected: Cyber Bully Rock Musical


Sun 26 Jul 2015, 4:00pm–5:30pm
Thu 30 Jul 2015, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Fri 31 Jul 2015, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sat 1 Aug 2015, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sun 2 Aug 2015, 4:00pm–5:30pm

Where: Theatre Whakatane Inc, 30 Gateway Drive, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Gwenda Ruegg

Connected is a great rock musical with the Theatre Whakatane Youth Committee securing the rights and producing the New Zealand Premiere, this will be the first production staged in the new boutique Gateway Theatre.

Connected is an energetic, fast paced, musical with an edgy, contemporary soundtrack and a story that will resonate throughout communities and households everywhere. Performed by a vibrant engaging cast of five; the production will bring to light the sometimes unintended consequences of cyber activities – if online relationships are not managed responsibly.

The production is being directed by Professional director Bryan Aitken from Christchurch. Bryan is a former Associate Artistic Director and original company member of The Court Theatre, Christchurch, and has worked as an actor or director for most of New Zealand’s major Theatre Companies. He has been awarded a QEII Arts Council Major Travel Grant, a Trustbank Arts Excellence Award, and the 1990 Commemoration Medal for his work with youth. He has held positions as Artistic Director of The Arts Employment Scheme, Artistic Director of the RoadShow Trust, and Course Director for the Diploma in Performing Arts, Nelson Polytechnic.

With the cyber age now, it is a story that is relevant, with music that is relevant. We all have some type of digital device and can easily be the target of bullying. We only have to read news items and listen to reports that Cyber bullying is becoming more prevalent as we move into more elite technology. Abuse, Suicide, Violence, Depression, Withdrawal are all words associated with cyber bullying Come along and find out how global and vulnerable you become once online through this rock musical.