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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'That's Artstanding!' Wearable Arts and Performing Arts Show

Southward Theatre, Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu

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'That's Artstanding!' is an extravaganza of talent.

Come and enjoy an evening of wearable arts and performing arts, as produced by the creative students of Paraparaumu College. This event has become an annual highlight of the school calendar and is not be missed!

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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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NZ String Quartet | Beethoven | Icon

St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki

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This year the New Zealand String Quartet are celebrating a massive composer with a massive tour.

The 2020 National Tour brings Beethoven back on his 250th birthday, travelling throughout New Zealand between June and October. This is your chance to rejoice in these charismatic and distinctive works, played heart and soul by the NZSQ.

Written throughout his life, Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartets remain, like his symphonies, some of the most remarkable classical music ever composed. Don’t miss this extraordinary music on tour.

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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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Wonderland

Paraparaumu College, 151 Mazengarb Rd, Paraparaumu

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DAPA - Dreams Academy of Performing Arts proudly presents "Wonderland". Our annual Junior Drama and Musical Theatre production.

Disappear down the rabbit hole into the whimsical, wacky and wild world of Alice in Wonderland! Join the curious and curiouser Alice on her madcap adventures as she meets White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and other quirky characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic story...

DAPA is renowned for their high-energy and hilarious musical pantomimes. Celebrating the strange and revelling in the ridiculous, this original take on the classic will have everyone in stitches as they become immersed in a fabulous fantasyland where nothing is what it seems. Don’t be late for this very important date!

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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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Turn on the Light - School Holiday Shows

St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki

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Meet Kenny, he is the caregiver for Tim. It's bed time, but Tim is convinced there is a monster under his bed.

"Leave the light on and tell me a story." The story finished – the lights go out. "No! Turn the light on," says Tim. "I am afraid of the dark! " And so begins a lights on, lights off, lights on, lights off ...

Full of original music, songs and actions, the puppet characters from Turn on the Light weave a story that helps Tim overcome his fear of the dark. Turn on the Light is a wonderful introduction to theatre for young audiences, performed solo by long time actor/puppeteer of Little Dog Barking Theatre Mr. Kenny King.

Under 2's free of charge (sitting on knee)

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The Lost Letter Office

Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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Te Raukura ki Kāpiti presents Capital E National Theatre for Children's production of The Lost Letter Office by Jen McArthur and Renata Hopkins.

A young girl, Nixie, has just moved into the neighbourhood and a retired magician, NahNah, is back from her world travels. Each alone in their homes, with a longing to write and connect with someone – their letters go on an adventurous journey, making their way to The Lost Letter Office.

Can the Lost Letter bumbling sleuths help the letters on their way? Or will their letters be enveloped in their snail-mail chaos forever?  The Lost Letter Office is a love letter to handwritten letters. Using magic, movement, music and clown performance, it explores how these paper creations can deliver powerful gifts of love.

Suits ages 2 – 8.

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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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Undercurrent

Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu

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Celebrating its 35th anniversary, renowned national dance company Footnote New Zealand Dance, presents Undercurrent: two absorbing new dance works that are rich in detail and grand in scale. Dive in and be swept into these worlds, created by Japanese artist Kota Yamazaki and New Zealand choreographer Rose Philpott.

Kota Yamazaki shares a reflective mosaic of visual delight in his work Fog, Nerves, Future, Ocean, Hello (echoes). Mysterious, surprising and beautiful, this work is the result of working across continents in a changed world. Inspired by the landscape of Wellington and the unpredictability of human behaviour, this work is buoyed by hypnotic sound design by Jesse Austin-Stewart and intricate, sculptural set design by his Tokyo-based collaborators.

Dry Spell, choreographed by Rose Philpott, is a telling of one night. A whirlpool of frenzied hedonism set to an original composition by prolific sound designer Eden Mulholland. Saturated in colour and energy, Dry Spell sinks to intriguing depths in a strange collection of equally murky and razor-sharp encounters. Anchored by the intensity and skill of the Footnote New Zealand Dance company members, Undercurrent will flood theatres across the country with crisp and captivating dance.

Running time: 80min (including 15min interval)

http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/footnote-new-zealand-dance/paraparaumu/tickets?tref=p%3Awellingtonnz

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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 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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POSTPONED: 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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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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