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The Elmwood Players is a well-established community theater group that has been around since 1948. Staging a minimum of four major productions a year, that showcase a mixture of comedy and drama, Elmwood Players like to encourage talented young local playwrights. The Elmwood Auditorium houses the Players, so you can catch some mind-blowing performances in comfortable settings. Make sure you carry cash, as the theater does not accept credit card payments for tickets. Call for event timings, and additional information.
The facilities offered at Aurora Centre of Performing Arts in Burnside High School are excellent for hosting events. The center comprises a full-fledged auditorium with a splendid mid-sized stage and close to 700 tiered seats, multiple meeting rooms and a foyer area to accommodate events with variable sizes. Needless to say, this modern performing arts center is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and light technology, which makes the shows held here more enjoyable. Classical orchestras as well as contemporary music shows are held here along with dance shows, drama and other performing arts events. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
The big one of the Summer Times season, Classical Sparks in the lush surroundings of Hagley Park, features live classical music with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, played out against a backdrop of spectacular fireworks. Music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Verdi, with pieces ranging from classics such as Buglers Holiday by Anderson, Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar, to the more jazzy Pink Panther theme by Mancini and String of Pearls by Glenn Miller. It is a great night out for the whole family, but it is advisable to take comfortable seating and warm clothing. Admission is free.
Named after Dame Nagio Marsh--a New Zealand novelist and theatrical director of international fame--this intimate theatre is set in the scholarly atmosphere of the University of Canterbury campus. Built in 1967, its primary purpose was as a venue for student productions, and the first performance was Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Dame Ngaio Marsh herself. However, the theatre is also popular with a number of community and professional performance groups, and each year it hosts numerous dance productions (including the occasional visit from the New Zealand School of Dance), plays, musicals, comedy revues and competitions. Refreshments are available on the premises.
Built in 1929, this sweet Spanish Mission theatre, seating around 400, is home to a fully professional theatrical company of the same name. Producing several plays a year, their repertoire ranges from Shakespeare to new comedies and dramas, and features highly talented local actors. The theatre is also used for a variety of colourful visiting shows, including comedy acts and dance, or more recently, the Saint André Concertina Orchestra. Light refreshments are provided on the premises.
The Great Hall is a beautiful, intimate concert venue with seating for around 200 people. The interior is made of distinctive Oamaru stone and native Kauri timber, and it features a large stained glass window and an open fireplace. The hall is always alive with music, with lunchtime concerts and Sunday Classics series featuring ensembles from around the country, including the famous New Zealand Quartet. In addition, accomplished local musicians frequently give evening recitals. Members of the Christchurch Polytechnic Jazz School and Canterbury University Music department perform here quite often. Call for event timings, and additional information.
Around since 1993, the Pacific Underground is a loosely affiliated group of talented Polynesian actors, writers and musicians, who come together for specific projects. Among their stated aims, is the desire to promote Pacific culture through performance and the visual media, and they have done this with their own special brand of contemporary Polynesian theater, and music that infuses hip-hop, soul and jazz. Recent projects include the recording of CD's by their band Pump, the stage production Landmark (featuring skits by Naked Samoans, a successful comedy act), and the production Romeo and Tusi.
This is a classic French Renaissance style theatre, which exudes elegance and refinement. Built in 1907, its stylish interior features a central dome with Italian-style paintings of scenes from a Midsummer Night's Dream, and a marble staircase leading to the elevated dress circle. The theatre is probably best-known as a venue for dance, featuring regular visits by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. It also hosts productions by Christchurch Operatic and Canterbury Opera, as well as a range of international performing artists and touring shows. Facilities include a wine and juice bar and a sweets stall.
Established in 1991 through the amalgamation of two smaller choral societies, this excellent group is growing in stature and professionalism. Conducted and directed by Canadian Brian Laws, and regularly featuring international soloists, the Christchurch City Choir frequently combines with the Christchurch Symphony. They perform well-known works, such as Bach's Mass in B Minor and Fauré's Requiem, as well as lesser-known pieces such as Szymanowski's Stabat Mater.
Spinning local DJ's and attracting large crowds, this is the place to be to find a great show and a great night out.
Named after a firecracker, this small dance party gets lit and keeps on going. Situated right in the middle of SOL square, this is the place to be when talent is around. Concerts are usually most weekends so be sure to be in the know.
Showbiz Christchurch has been thrilling local audiences with modern Broadway musicals for over 60 years. Drawing entirely on local talent, this semi-professional organisation stages two entertaining seasons each year--one in April-May, the other in August-September. Their repertoire has included Les Miserables, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. Performances are currently held at the St James Hay Theatre at the Christchurch Town Hall.