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The Merry Widow


Sat 27 Aug 2016, 4:00pm–6:30pm
Sun 28 Aug 2016, 2:00pm–4:30pm

Where: Southward Theatre, Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: stuart60

A famous and heart-warming romantic musical tale of the wiles and foibles of would-be lovers entangled with diplomatic intrigue.

It is set in the Parisian embassy of Pontevedro (a fictitious Balkan country) and at a party at the mansion of a wealthy expatriate widow. Various infatuations and romantic entanglements comically give way to economic ambitions and proud posturing with some compromising circumstances at last resolved in the joyful and moving conclusion.

Lehar’s memorable and endearing music includes the well-known Merry Widow waltz, You'll find me at Maxim's, Women, Women!, Red as the Rose in Maytime and the Vilia song. The work incorporates energetic dances including ethnic Kolo and cabaret Can-Can sequences.

Production Values:
This touring production by WGSLO continues its commitment to generously provisioned stage, wardrobe and musical resources as for the acclaimed recent Mikado (2014) and Gondoliers (2015) tours, including a cast of 40 singers and dancers accompanied by 27-piece orchestra. This ensemble, including 11 string players, performs under the baton of seasoned Music Director Hugh McMillan. The production is directed by Gillian Jerome with choreographer Lia Purcell.

Ticketing Options:
A flexible range of concession pricing and seating reserve options provides wide choice and family and group friendly budget options. Concession pricing categories includes Seniors, Tertiary students and school-age. Seating reserve options are Premium, A-res, B-res, C-res.

Booking for Southward Theatre may be made online through TicketDirect or at the Coastlands Customer Service Desk. Ticket pricing, seating reserve allocations and other details can be viewed on the WGSLO website. Note that additional charges may be applied by the ticketing agencies depending on the method of booking and payment.

Group discount of 10% is available for 5-seat bookings and at 10-up a further special deal also yields one free seat per ten paid for at the discounted rate. To secure group rate pricing it is necessary to contact by phone or in person at the booking desk or other TicketDirect agency.