A moving spectacle, and it’s about to open

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Photo: Event Centre manager Roger Farr checking the set.

By Mick Jensen

Variety Theatre Ashburton’s show Sister Act opens at the Event Centre tomorrow and it will be the venue’s most technically detailed production to date.

The stage will feature a travelator to move the set and crew between scenes, moving LED screens, and an impressive lighting show.

Event Centre manager Roger Farr said the show was three times more work than usual Variety Theatre shows.

It had taken a while to set things up, and featured robotical tracks, moving LED screens and the usual high standard of lighting.

“It has definitely presented a number of new challenges, but at the same time it will be a brand new stage experience and exciting viewing for audiences,” he said.

The gospel rock show would transform the stage into a church, an alleyway, bar, and other scenes.

Mr Farr said a travelator would take performers and the set on and off the stage and would help add to the comical nature of the show.

There will be five complete stage rehearsal run-throughs before tomorrow’s opening show, which is the first of nine shows that run until June 1.

Sister Act is based on the hugely successful 1992 film of the same name that featured Whoopi Goldberg in the main role. It features a cast of 32 and an orchestra of eight.

Tickets for shows are available at the venue or at ticketdirect.co.nz.