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SHORT AND SHARP
Become a gospel singer
Five free gospel singing
workshops will give prospective
singers time to prepare for a
performance at the Queenstown
Jazz Festival in October.
Directed by Sue Patterson, the
workshops are funded by the
Central Lakes Trust via Creative
Queenstown. Contact 442 3604
for more information.
Dramatist heads home
By BROOKE GARDINER
Doco-drama: Performing a scene about a
grocer family are, from left, Jackie Shaw, Victoria
Abbott and Frith Horan.
What: Documentary theatre
about February 22, 2011
Where and When: 7.30pm
September 11 and 12, Wakatipu
High School drama room,
Queenstown. 7.30pm September
13, Masonic Lodge, Wanaka
Tickets: Limited seating. Email
Cash-only door sales available.
How much: $25 full, $15
The Mirror has a double pass to
Munted on September 11 to give
away. Email your details to
firstname.lastname@example.org with Munted in
the subject line to go in the draw.
Performing in front of a
hometown crowd is some-
producer and performer
Jackie Shaw has been
looking forward to for a
The former Wakatipu
High pupil is excited
about bringing her
show Munted, which tells
the stories of 15 people
who experienced the
February 22 Christchurch
earthquake, home to
Queenstown next month.
''It actually feels very special. I
really enjoy that I can bring this
back here, I still know a lot of
people here and want to show
them my work,'' Shaw said.
The Otago University theatre
graduate studied at the Neigh-
bourhood Playhouse School of
Theatre in New York in 2011.
Munted, which premiered at the
BATS Theatre in Wellington in
January to sell out audiences, has
been described by reviewers as
''powerful'' and ''humane''.
Written and produced by the Bare
Hunt Collective duo of Shaw and
Victoria Abbott, Munted had its
debut in Christchurch in June.
''It was very humbling. Our hope
was always if we didn't get it
anywhere else in New Zealand we knew we had to get it to
Christchurch,'' Shaw said.
Munted pulls together a variety of
interviews with members of the
Shaw, Abbott and Frith Horan
play 15 characters in the hour-
With dates booked in Dunedin
and Auckland, Miss Shaw said
they were discussing perform-
ances in Los Angeles and Mel-
Romance in skifield air
By SUE FEA
Steven Tan on
the lift seconds
before Mrs Tan
read her new
proposal in the
snow at Coronet
Peak last year.
Gay time: Gay Ski Week QT organisers
Mandy (left) and Sally Whitewoods
Cupid will hopefully not get
confused and nor will his targets
when Coronet Peak Ski Area
holds this year's Cupid Express
speed dating night for singles on
The event just happens to be
coinciding with Gay Ski Week
this year so NZ Ski brand
marketing manager Katrina
Priest said an extra lane was
being added to the queues for the
speed dating express.
''We're anticipating we'll have to
factor the rainbow element into
the usual pink and blue ski lanes,''
Ms Priest said.
Last year's straight pink and blue
event had been such a hit that the
mountain management had
decided to run the speed dating,
night skiing evening again.
A glass of Amisfield bubbly and
Patagonia chocolates would be
provided to each prospective
couple, matched up randomly by
lifties. ''They just grab a girl and a
guy and they speed date off on the
Love songs will be playing at the
base of the chair and Ms Priest is
hoping there will be ''love in the
However, Melbourne couple
Rowena and Steven Tan are proof
that romance does happen on the
snow. Mr Tan proposed to his
bride on a Coronet Peak chairlift
last year by writing ''Rowena Be
Mine Forever'' in bold blue on the
snow near the top of the run. The
couple, who married in Australia
10 days ago, are in Queenstown on
their honeymoon this week.
NZ Ski general manager sales and
marketing Craig Douglas said
there had been ''talk'' of a couple
of possible romances after last
year's Cupid event but the
company really had no idea.
''We don't follow up.''
The timing of Gay Ski Week with
the Coronet event was purely
''It just adds another dimension,
but it's all pretty light-hearted,''
Mr Douglas said.
The rainbow lane should reflect
brightly at night ensuring Cupid
did not get his colour codes
confused in the dark and Gay Ski
Week organiser Sally Whitewoods
said it would provide some great
extra entertainment for their
Keen night skiers, a little nervous
that they could unwittingly get
caught up in all of this pink, blue
and rainbow finding themselves
alone on a chairlift with some
unwanted attention, can rest easy.
''Attached'' skiers and boarders
can still load on to the lift through
the normal gates.
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