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2 AWAITING COPY Ad seek Number: | MBO2723 find | indulge Artwork: MBO2723 Size: 18x4 Description: BALLANTYNES Account: Colour: F Filename: MBO2723 TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE EVENTS AND BOOK TICKETS PLEASE VISIT OUT WEBSITE AT BALLANTYNES.CO.NZ/FASHIONWEEK OR CALL 0800 656 400 SEEk | FIND | INDu LGE h omeC oming F or l en lye’s engineered art Christchurch Art Gallery is bringing the bang, crash, boom and flash of Len Lye’s world-famous engineered art back to where it all started. Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder showcases 11 of Christchurchborn Lye’s major kinetic sculptural works— including the five-metretall Blade—alongside a number of his films, drawings, doodles and paintings. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Len Lye Foundation, Govett- Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision. Christchurch Art Gallery senior curator Lara Strongman says the show C ontaC t PUBLISHER The Christchurch Star Company Level One, 359 Lincoln Road, Christchurch P O Box 1467, Christchurch 8140 CITY CENTRE is a homecoming for Lye, whose artistic career took him to New York, Sydney, Samoa, London, Mallorca and Puerto Rico during his lifetime. “Just a few blocks from the Gallery, on Manchester Street, a young Lye kicked an empty kerosene can around his backyard on a sunny day. It was the resulting flash of light and thunder-like boom from that can that would provide the inspiration for the rest of his life’s work—a career committed to the ‘art of movement’,” says Strongman. Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder is on display at Christchurch Art Gallery until 26 November 2017. Entry is free. FEATURES & SUPPLEmEnT mAnAgER Jenny Wright DDI 03 364 7446 - EDITOR Christine de Felice SALES EXECUTIVE Monique Maynard DDI 03 364 7474 M 021 372 481 829 Colombo Street | Phone 379 0600 |

3 seek | find | indulge CITY CENTRE A scene from Sister Act m usiC & C omedy C omB ine in stunning stage show The restored Isaac Theatre Royal in Gloucester Street is again the venue for an exhilirating Showbiz Christchurch production. The final production in the company’s 2017 season, Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy, follows the exploits of 1970s wannabe disco diva Deloris Van Cartier as she escapes from her gangster boyfriend. Having witnessed him commit a murder she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle of the nuns and their uptight Mother Superior. using her unique disco moves and singing talent, she inspires the nuns to create a more contemporary choir and they become the hit of the community. Word of their success reaches her ex-boyfriend Curtis, who arrives with his gang to settle the score with Deloris. Sister Act is directed and choreographed by New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Sara Brodie, who directed the Showbiz Christchurch season of Monty Python’s Spamalot in 2015. Sara has extensive directorial experience including over 80 productions for theatre companies throughout Australasia. The score of rousing gospel and lively disco music is by Alan Menken, a Tony and eight-time Oscar winner, whose scores include Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Little Shop of Horrors, and is directed by musician and composer Matthew Everingham. Monique Clementson plays Deloris, the role she recently performed in the Invercargill Musical Theatre’s production of Sister Act. Nick Purdie performs the role of the gangster boyfriend, Curtis Jackson. He played alongside Clementson as Cop and love interest ‘Sweaty’ Eddie in the Invercargill production. Jackson’s gang is played by Chris Symon (TJ), Blair McHugh (Joey) and Rychalo Thompson (Pablo). Matt McMenamin performs the role of Eddie. Charlotte Taylor and Greta Casey-Solly complete Deloris’s cabaret trio in the roles of Michelle and Tina. Veteran musical theatre and cabaret entertainer Sarah Greenwood-Buchanan steps back on stage as Mother Superior. Her most recent supporting lead role was as Tanya in the sell-out Showbiz season of Mamma Mia! The principal nuns are Hannah Falconer (Sister Mary Robert), kate Taylor (Sister Mary Patrick), Nickie Wellbourn (Sister Mary Lazarus), Anne-Marie Cotton (Sister Mary Martin of Tours) and Glenda Bailey (Sister Mary Theresa). Ian Lester plays Monsignor O’Hara and Raoul Neave appears as the Pope. Clementson and Purdie are joined on-stage by a cast of more than 50 nuns, gangsters, altar boys, singers, dancers and musicians to create a stunning looking and sounding show with all the pizzazz of Broadway. The Showbiz Christchurch production of Sister Act - A Divine Musical Comedy is on at the Isaac Theatre Royal until 23 September.