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Sinarella show set to bring smiles to Māngere

Published: 29 March 2019

Full of dream-big optimism, joy and cheeky humour, writers Goretti Chadwick and Sean Coyle have re-told Cinderella the classic children’s story for the stage, bringing the tale a fresh, new, funny, contemporary Pacific flavour.

Sinarella is a show that is expected to have school holidays audiences smiling in their seats and joining in the fun. Whatever path Sinarella takes, she knows she must make her own future…

Supported by Auckland Council and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board, this is a true south Auckland community collaboration which will see 15 shows light up Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku - from 18 to 27 April.

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene says the board is very pleased to be supporting the show, which provides opportunities for locals to participate in the arts.

“Seeing our people on the big stage has inspired others with a love of performing or working behind the scenes in the industry, that there is a pathway for them and that one day they could be up there too. 

"Celebrating and acknowledging our cultural diversity through programmes and events that bring artists and community groups together is among the board’s priority outcomes for this term.”

Lead songstress Irene Folau will be joined by Josephine Mavaega, Italia Hunt, Bob Savea and Samson Chan-Boon and a supporting cast of 40 community performers.

Directors are Brady Peeti and Rokalani Lavea and musical direction comes from Siosaia Folau. Elvis Lopeti from Parris Goebel’s dance crew Royal Family is the show’s choreographer.

The award-winning team brings theatre productions to Māngere each April school holidays, with sell-out seasons in past years.

Māngere Arts Centre’s Performing Arts Manager Alison Quigan says, “We’re really excited to have trained actors Brady Peeti and Rokalani Lavea expanding their repertoire as directors for Sinerella.

“We see this as a great way for Māngere Arts Centre to support the development of emerging directors and our local performing arts talent and guide them along the way,” she says.

Since 2014, Alison Quigan, Troy Tuua and the team at Māngere Arts Centre, have forged a new annual musical theatre production each April school holidays, bringing together the local community and the performing arts industry. 

Last year’s production, The Wizard of Otahuhu, had two sell-out seasons at Māngere Arts Centre and Q Theatre and went on to win ‘Best Ensemble’ at the 2018 Auckland Theatre Awards.

Event Details

Dates: Thursday 18 ­April – Saturday 27 April - matinee and evening shows

Venue: Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue and Bader Drive, Māngere Town Centre

Tickets: Adult $20, Concession $15, Child $10

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