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Cast announced for Waihi fundraising concert

Musical Director and Vocal Coach Edwin Randell and cast member Isabella Howells at the first rehearsal for the production. Photo/Supplied.

Waihi Drama hopes to be flushed with success when it presents the musical fundraiser All Together Now! Which goes live in November.

Proceeds from the musical will go towards installing disabled toilets at The Theatre in Boyd Road. 

Theatre-goers will enjoy a huge variety of music from Broadway shows including Rent, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Matilda, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, and Mamma Mia.

At the helm of the production is internationally experienced musical director and vocal coach Edwin Randell who says he was impressed with the calibre of auditionees.

"We truly have some great voices within our community and we now have a fantastic cast that are raring to get stuck into rehearsals."

Lucy James, President of Waihi Drama Society, is looking forward to a more hopeful future. "MTI's All Together Now! will be a powerful way to celebrate musical theatre while raising crucial funding for the upgrade of our facilities. This will benefit cast and crew as well as our audience"

New to the Waihi stage, Isabella Howells will be performing the song Middle of a moment from James and The Giant Peach.

She recently moved to Whangamata from Cambridge and says she is very excited to be part of a show being performed in 44 different countries and territories.

"It's a huge global event with some really famous songs,” she says.

19-year-old Jackson Pool says he is excited to secure a song from Les Miserables for the event.

Jackson is a well experienced tenor singer who has singing deep in his genetics.

"My great aunt was an opera singer as was my great great-uncle, Richard van Helvoirt-pel" says Jackson.

Waihi Theatre will be joining more than 2,300 schools and groups around the globe producing their own local version of the Music Theatre International show All Together Now!

The event celebrates the reopening of theatres after the country-wide lockdowns, and all the performances will take place over the same weekend – November 12-15.

Waihi Drama Society President Lucy James says she is looking forward to a more hopeful future.

"MTI's All Together Now! will be a powerful way to celebrate musical theatre while raising crucial funding for the upgrade of our facilities. This will benefit cast and crew as well as our audience," says Lucy.

The cast includes Koen McKenzie, Cindy Bridson, Jimi Randell, Helen Gudsell, Hollie Weir, Isabella Howells, Jackson Pool, Lauren Old, Linda Haines, Tate Randell, Lucy James, Paul Schuler, Sue Towler, Tracey Carter and Abi-Mae McHardy.

All Together Now! will be held at 'The Theatre’ on Boyd Road, Waihi from 12-14 November.

Tickets will be available from mid-October through www.waihidrama.co.nz

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