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Wellington Raises Money for Christchurch

Circa Theatre was resplendent in red and black Monday 7th March for a Benefit for Christchurch performance which raised over $8,000 for Red Cross Appeal. A capacity audience was treated to a da

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Circa Theatre was resplendent in red and black Monday 7th March for a Benefit for Christchurch performance which raised over $8,000 for Red Cross Appeal.
 
A capacity audience was treated to a dazzling variety of music, comedy and dance – acknowledging the devastation in Christchurch, but also the strength of its people and the need to assist in any way we can.
 
“We thank you,” said MC Tim Gordon, “for showing your support in such great numbers. The Wellington entertainment community wanted to show its support in such great numbers, there are probably more back stage waiting to come on than all of you in the audience!”
 
Comedy was well covered by improvisation troops The Improvisors and WIT, comedian Noor Razzak and a contortion of the fingers act by Clayton Fingers that needed to been seen to be believed!  The audience was also treated to beautiful dance pieces by students from the NZ School of Dance and a burlesque from the lovely Courtenay L’Amour.
 
The film medium wasn’t forgotten with members of the film community recording messages from the audience for the people of Christchurch to be posted on Youtube: www.youtube.com/weareherechch <http://www.youtube.com/weareherechch>

Music acts covered jazz, rock, show tunes, soul, clever covers, new works and a truly memorable country version of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. 2009 Lexus Song Quest winner Aivale Cole was stunning with the backing of Whitirea students and The BeatGirls ended the night brilliantly with a bang!
 
“The amazing thing was the number of performers who put up their hands,” said event producer Greg Ellis. “I could have put together a 9 hour show from all the offers of help that I received.”

The evening was a huge success due to the drive of Ellis, his dedicated team and the wide array of sponsors who ensured every dollar raised went directly to Red Cross – our sincere thanks to . . . Circa Theatre, The Improvisors, NZ Actors Guild, Saatchi and Saatchi, Brianne Kerr Publicity, Wharfside Restaurant, Phantom Billstickers, The Dominion Post, Star Now, Apex Design and Print, Sarak Hair and Beauty, Stephen A’Court photography, Stephen Gallagher, Tutu2 . . . and Facebook.
 
And our thanks to our performers for their time and talent: students of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Whitirea, The Improvisors, WIT, Clayton Fingers, Aivale Cole, Gemma Boyle, Bonnie Riley, The BeatGirls, Jane Keller, Noor Razzak, students of NZ School of Dance, Courtenay L’Amour, Vinyl Burns, Fergus Aitkin, Michael Nicholas Williams, Candy Shop and the ‘house band’ Mr Robbie Ellis.
 
Greg Ellis and team are planning another Benefit Performance in a couple of months time, as they acknowledge the need for the people of Christchurch will not be over anytime soon.  Details will be posted on www.theimprovisors.co.nz <http://www.theimprovisors.co.nz> when ready and to offer assistance you can email enquiries@theimprovisors.co.nz or nzactorsguild@gmail.com

Contact details: 
Attn: Greg - enquiries@theimprovisors.co.nz or nzactorsguild@gmail.com

Written by

Brianne Kerr Publicity

9 Mar 2011

Interests: I am an enthusiastic and effective publicist who can help you grow an audience, launch an event, plan media involvement, and enhance your project. I have a working knowledge of New Zealand wide media and am actively involved in the Wellington arts community.

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