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29 Nov 2012
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CENTREPOINT THEATRE 2013 SEASON 

2013 will mark Centrepoint Theatre's 39th year as Palmerston North's professional theatre. In 39 years, we've built a reputation for delivering outstanding, world-class theatre, with an emphasis on telling New Zealand stories, providing opportunities for new artists to showcase their talent, and above all for listening to what our audience wants. In 2013 we're proud and excited to present a programme that will continue to delight, entertain, challenge and inspire audiences.

Manawa  
By Jamie McCaskill
Presented in association with TIKAPA Productions
6 March – 14 March
LIMITED SEASON: ONLY EIGHT PERFORMANCES!

Two criminals commit two very different crimes and end up sharing one tiny cell. Their lawyer tells the public that “anyone can change” – but is this true?

 

Manawa: equal parts gripping, thought provoking, and surprisingly funny.  Nominated for 3 Chapman Tripp Awards including Most Promising New Director (Regan Taylor), Actor of the Year (Jamie McCaskill) and 2012 Play of the Year, there's one thing reviewers and audiences agree on: you do not want to miss this show! 

Shop ‘Til You Drop 
By Alison Quigan and Ross Gumbley
13 April – 25 May 

Six strangers, two hotel rooms, one eventful Aussie weekend!

Three couples embark on an epic misadventure on a trip to Oz over Bledisloe Cup weekend. There's Lizzy and Noeline, in town to splurge their hard earned dollars on the shopping trip to end all shopping trips; Boxer and Swanee, boys with only two things (beer and rugby) on their agenda; and Rose and Clifford who just want to get to their conference on time. 

Even the best-laid plans go hilariously awry in this classic comedy from local favourites Alison Quigan and Ross Gumbley.

Two Fish ‘N' a Scoop 
By Carl Nixon
8 June – 6 July 

A love story that's as Kiwi as fish'n'chips. 

Set in a Chinese owned fish'n'chip shop. Two Fish ‘N' A Scoop follows the relationship between chip shop employee Jason, a Pakeha New Zealander, and the owner's daughter Rhea, a Chinese New Zealander.

The path of true love never does run smoothly – and for Jason and Rhea, racial and cultural differences as well as trouble from friends and family soon threaten to derail their burgeoning romance.

Featuring a multitude of characters, played by two skilled actors, Two Fish'N' a Scoop is an hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking look at Kiwi culture.

Peninsula 
By Gary Henderson
20 July – 24 August

A touching and bittersweet coming-of-age story.

Ten-year-old Michael becomes fascinated with where he fits in the world after his new teacher describes how his hometown on Banks Peninsula was formed millions of years ago. Michael starts mapping his tiny community, unaware of the undercurrents of change and discontent slowly rippling through the adult world and threatening his cosy, comfy place in the universe.

Peninsula has been nominated for a staggering 7 Chapman Tripp awards this year including NZ Play of the Year and Production of the Year.

Rewena 
By Whiti Hereaka
7 September – 5 October
WORLD PREMIERE

Please note: each performance includes a live demonstration of how to make rewena. 

Feed your belly, feed your heart…

It's the night of the highly anticipated final of a popular TV cooking show.  A small bunch of loyal devotees have skipped watching the finale on the big screen in favour of attending their regular weekly cooking class.

Tonight's lesson: how to make rewena (also known as Maori or Potato Bread). But what other lessons can the simple act of bread-making teach the class?

Playwright Whiti Hereaka is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Bruce Mason Playwriting Award.

Stockcars: The Musical 
By John Lepper and Simon Ferry
Music by Dean Parkinson 
2 November – 14 December 

WORLD PREMIERE 

The funniest musical about stockcars you will ever see! 

Cameron Todd and Malcolm Dufresne were arch-rivals at the Robertson Holden International Speedway when it came down to the final race to decide the national champion.

Only one man made it to the chequered flag that day. The other man would never race again.

Fast forward to 2013: Malcolm DuFresne is now a stuffy city councillor trying to shut the Speedway down. Cam, whose daughter is shaping up to be a champion on the track, is on the verge of losing his mechanic business if he can't raise $25,000.

The arch-rivals are set to go head to head once more: who will win? 

CHANGE IN PRICES 2013

You'll notice a slight increase in some of our prices in 2013.

One of our key objectives continues to be that quality entertainment remains accessible to everyone.   

We will continue to offer our popular “Cheaper Tuesdays” on the first Tuesday of each production (except Manawa)  - tickets for “Cheaper Tuesday” will be $20 per person in 2013.

Brief overview of 2013 prices:

Adult                                        $38

Senior                                      $30

Community Services Card         $28

Under 30s (with ID)                 $30

Students (with ID)                             $18

Group 10+                               $33

Dinner and show package         $68

SEASON PASSES 2013
(available through the box office and website until 28 February 2013)

Single Season Pass                   $174  ($29 per ticket for 6 tickets)

Double Season Pass                  $336  ($28 per ticket for 12 tickets)

Senior Season Pass                   $162  ($27 per ticket for 6 tickets)

Student Season Pass                $90  ($15 per ticket for 6 tickets)

For more information about Centrepoint's 2013 programme and pricing please contact Vanessa Barnes, Box Office Manager and Marketing Assistant on (06) 354 5740 or vanessa@centrepoint.co.nz  

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