Theatre, Film and Dance

Explore the world of performing arts and film right here on the Kāpiti Coast. From touring national productions, international masterpieces and local talent, it's all right here - all year round.

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Small Town - A Musical inspired by The Velvet Underground

32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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A Musical based on the Songs of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground

“When you’re growing up in a small town, and you’re having a nervous breakdown; and you think that you’ll never escape it, yourself or the place that you live.”

A new musical is set to take the stage in the new Sir John Trimmer Theatre, a black box theatre at Te Raukura ki Kapiti.

Set in Paekakariki 2020, it follows the story of Lou, John and Nico, three struggling musicians who decide to form a Velvet Underground tribute band in order to get the funds to make their first album.

Written by Michael Lloyd and Shona Jaunas Directed by Shona Jaunas A Circle of Fifths Production

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Stage and Screen - Presented by Operatunity

Southward Theatre, Otaihanga Rd , Paraparaumu

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Surrender to the sublime, the scintillating and the sensational as we bring you the most beloved musical moments from stage and screen.

Featuring songs such as Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Maria and One Day More, this show is sure to stir your soul and stun your senses.

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Femme Natale

Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, , Paekakariki

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Hilariously truthful, Femme Natale is an unapologetically comic peek into the world of parenting, what comes before, during and after in this rambunctious mix of original songs and sketches.

Created in New Zealand for parents from all over! We need a laugh, and Femme Natale is coming out of Lock-down straight to Paekakariki.

“So funny, my face hurt from laughing. A must-see” - Emily Writes.

“Hilarious, human, viscerally resonant” - Adam Dodd at Globe Theatre

“Absolutely a must - so funny, even my husband who is a non-show person couldn't stop laughing.” Bernadette Searle.

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Fabulous 50's - Presented by Operatunity

Southward Museum, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu

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Buckle up, as our boys and band led by Bonnie and Karl take you on a wild ride through the fast, fun- filled and fabulous fifties! Featuring the freshest artists of the era, this show will bring back memories of our stunning all male 60’s and 70’s show in 2019! You’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ from start to finish!

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Friends! The Musical Parody

Southward Theatre, Otaihanga Rd,, Paraparaumu

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So, no one told you life was gonna be this way, nor did they tell you about the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons one of TV’s all-time greatest shows in the hit New York and Las Vegas show Friends! The Musical Parody.

Friends! The Musical Parody takes a hilarious look and remembers the TV phenomenon that ruled the 90s and became a cultural institution with millions of fans across the globe. Now it’s your chance to be part of the next chapter in the Friends saga. It’s the cliff hanger episode. The one you don’t want to miss! Once you see it, Friends! The Musical Parody will make your day, your week, your month, or even your year!

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Māoriland Film Festival 2020

68 Main St, Ōtaki

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Get set for the largest Indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Māoriland exists to uplift the perspectives and stories of Indigenous peoples.

In September 2020 Māoriland Film Festival will once again present amazing films from all parts of the world with the theme of Me Reretau - Be in Balance.

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The Shows Must Go On

12 October 2020

Te Raukura ki Kapiti, Coastlands Theatre

Showcasing an all-star cast of New Zealand voices from the international stage, this glittering concert of musical theatre showstoppers is not one to miss. The Shows Must Go On features a spectacular song list of your favourite toe-tapping numbers from the world’s greatest musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, The Greatest Showman, We Will Rock You and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

With stunning backdrops and theatrical staging, The Shows Must Go On is a night set to delight. Featuring an exquisite cast of some of our best international performers, The Shows Must Go On will be an experience you will never forget.

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Te Moana Glow Show!

Southward Car Museum , Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu

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Go under the sea with a courageous Kina on her journey of discovery across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa.

It’s a delightful story of our kai moana and the whakatauki ‘He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.’ This innovative, cutting edge concept features 40+ glow-in-the-dark puppets under UV lights in a black box theatre environment.

Recommended for ages 2 – 10. This production is suitable for special needs children.

“If Matariki Glow Show is a small child’s first experience of theatre, then they will be very lucky. A fun and entertaining feast with a wonderful contemporary story of Aotearoa.” - Cate Prestidge (Theatreview) 2019

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The Pink Hammer

16 Main Street, Ōtaki

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This is Kiwi comedy at its best.

It’s quirky as all hell; it’s very funny; it provides phenomenally strong roles for four women – and one guy! – but more than anything else, these are recognisable New Zealanders, which is why this is an outstanding play to produce.

Written by Michele Amas. Five unhappy people in a shed full of tools. What could possibly go wrong? Four very different women answer a flyer for 'The Pink Hammer Workshop' – a ladies-only woodwork class. They turn up expecting empowerment and sisterhood from the advertised tutor, Maggie Taylor….but when they arrive, Maggie’s gone AWOL. Maggie’s husband Woody certainly doesn’t want a bunch of crazy women playing with his tools, but he doesn’t have a choice!

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The ABBA Show

Southward Museum , Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu

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Far from being ‘just another cover band’, The ABBA Show is a full-scale theatrical production featuring 2.5 hours of live musical performances featuring a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.

The starring cast of the show - the internationally acclaimed outfit ABBAsolutely fABBAulous – has put in countless hours to achieve the attention to detail that the show is famous for. With superb harmonies, great musicianship plus all the little details like dance moves, accents and mannerisms, The ABBA Show transcends the conventions of ‘tribute shows’ and enters a unique realm of authentic and professional recreation.

The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience, to celebrate the music of ABBA and to dance the night away!

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Yesterday once more

Yesterday Once More

Southward Theatre, Otaihanga Rd, , Paraparaumu

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From the creators of the hit show OH WHAT A NIGHT! comes a unique new musical revue celebrating four of the most iconic singing groups of the 70’s known for their soaring vocal harmonies.

YESTERDAY ONCE MORE stars four dynamic performers direct from Las Vegas whose lush harmonic interpretations of instantly recognizable hits of some of the most popular music ever recorded.

From THE CARPENTERS Close To You to ABBA’s Dancing Queen… and The MAMAS AND PAPAS’ California Dreaming to the 5th DIMENSION’s Up Up And Away you’ll enjoy non-stop hits, colourful choreography and informative and humorous banter. For everyone who remembers this music, it’s a return to rich harmonies and relatable songs. For anyone who simply loves great pop music and amazing vocal blends, this is a show not to be missed.

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The Ten Tenors

Southward Theatre, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu

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Following sold out performances throughout New Zealand, The Ten Tenors are thrilled to announce they’re returning by popular demand.

The charming classical cross-over group will perform a selection of the best romantic pop songs, ballads and arias of all time from their latest album Love Is In The Air.

The Ten Tenors have become a global touring sensation. Their 2018 US tour sold out everywhere, which now takes them to an astonishing 2,400 sold out headline shows. They have performed over 1,550 corporate galas, sold over 1.25 million albums and 3.5 million concert tickets.

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