North Shore Times : January 15th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 19 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 15, 2013 Verbena Bar & Bistro Phone 483 9571 6 Birkdale Road, Verrans corner, Birkenhead (Opposite Birkenhead Bus Depot) Now open from 10am Fridays & Saturdays for Brunch/Lunch 4998444AE BOOK NOW 489 8360 SHAKESPEARE S AVENGERS JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 16 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK 2013 www.pumphouse.co.nz HAMLET THE MERCHANT OF VENICE View our latest edition online at www.northshoretimes.co.nz Advertising Feature Time out Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars Young talent: Alice Vandermade and Isaac White are cast as the characters of Hamlet and Ophelia in Hamlet. Shakespearean Shoreside: Actors Rex Steele and Justin Grannall portray the characters of Shylock and Bassanio in the theatre's adaptation of The Merchant of Venice. The annual summer Shakespeare in the Park season at The Pump- House always guaran- tees the real deal'' with plays presented true to the era in which they were conceived. Maintaining realism with traditional costu- mes, stage settings and faithful acting have always been non-nego- tiable principles of the production'' artistic director, Carol Dumb- leton says. Starting on January 19 Shakespeare in the Park looks at revenge with both comedy and tragedy. Hamlet -- arguably the greatest tragedy written in the English language alternates with the suspenseful and contro- versial comedy, The Mer- chant of Venice. Lending itself to new audiences, the play uses some of Shakespeare's most famous quotations during both plays. To be or not to be...?'' and If you prick us do we not bleed?'' are only two of many electrifying phrases which have become part of today's language. The Merchant of Venice, directed by Carol Dumbleton explores and celebrates a society of harmony and community through its various characters. At the story's centre Shylock, the moneylen- der and Antonio, the merchant, are desper- ately solitary figures in their mutual hatred. Apart from the Bible, Hamlet is the most often- quoted work in the Eng- lish language. Directed by James Bell it has become a rite of passage for directors and actors and has the ric- hest performance history of any of Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare in the Park 2013 is performed real and live at The PumpHouse Arts Centre, Killarney Park, Taka- puna from January 19 to February 16. All but two of the shows in this Shake- speare season will be presented under the stars' in the Amphi- theatre starting at 8pm. The performance of Hamlet on January 26 and The Merchant of Venice on February 2 will be inside the main auditorium and start at 7pm. Tickets are available from www.pumphouse. co.nz or by calling 489 8360. There will be door sales an hour before the start of each show. A special discount applies when bookings are made for both plays. Big year for thriving musical company From a first audience of nine peo- ple 11 years ago to more than 250 concerts a year around the country and eight overseas tours for music lovers, Operatunity is a thriving musical company. Directors Geoffrey Hughes, Susan Boland and John Cameron got tired of singers complaining there was no work for them, so the trio of opera singers decided to make work for themselves and others. We basically decided the world doesn't owe you a living so we for- med Operatunity to work for our- selves and fellow singers, and we survive totally on box office. For an arts organisation, that's unheard of in New Zealand,'' Geof- frey Hughes says. In true get up and go' New Zea- land entrepreneurial style, the three directors do a bit of every- thing but now also employ five staff full time as well as up to 40 singers and artists subcontracted over a year. Although they do not receive any grants or sponsorship, Mr Hughes claims they are the largest provider of live entertain- ment in the country, presenting in 2013 more than 200 daytime con- certs and 56 evening concerts in a total of 11 national tours. As part of their 2013 launch the company has announced The Evening Concert Series -- three national tours featuring Rock the 50s, 60s and 70s with rock and roll icon Tom Sharplin and his band; Helen Medlyn and Penny Dodd in their new show Hell on Wheels; and An Evening at the Opera. They will also do eight national daytime concert tours this year. For full details go to www. operatunity.co.nz.
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