Rock opera combines music, theatre

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Pictured: Tomorrow's Too Late performers "trash the office" during this rehearsal on Sunday. The scene is accompanied by the Joan Jett hit Bad Reputation and in the centre of the action are production directors Georgie Sivier and Wayne Pannett.

Rock opera Tomorrow’s Too Late will combine theatre and music when it takes to the stage in Ashburton next month.

The production is the brainchild of actor, director and comedienne Georgie Sivier and Methven musician and music tutor Wayne Pannett.

Three years in the planning, the idea for the show came about when the pair worked together on two Methven Theatre Company shows.

“We thought it would be great to combine my love of theatre and Wayne’s love of rock music into one,” said Georgie Sivier.

The show had a cast of 20, including five children, and took the audience on a journey through love, loss, despair and community.

It was told using smash hit rock songs plucked from the timeline of rebellion, said Ms Sivier.

“It also touches on some of the darker sides of humanity and shows how a few unsavoury characters can try to control us.”

It featured more than 30 songs with a strong rock genre.

Music from bands and artists such as Pink Floyd, Queen, Gwen Stefani, Joan Jett, The Living End and others will be played on stage by a five piece band.

Special effects and lighting will both feature strongly in the show.

Performances of Tomorrow’s too Late will be held at 7.30pm on November 16,17 and 18 at Ashburton Trust Event Centre. Tickets are on sale at the venue or from ticketdirect.co.nz.