Kāpiti’s new Performing Arts Centre — Te Raukura ki Kāpiti — has already exceeded expectations, with sold-out opening shows and more than 70 bookings for this year.
And one of the first fans to enjoy the NZ Ballet performance was Cas Carter, chair of the fund-raising committee.
She describes the magic of being at a performance by the Ballet:
‘The lights went down, the music came up, the curtains opened, and I sat back in my seat, filled with joy.
Joy, because I love the ballet, but even more so because our Performing Arts Centre was finally open.
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti has been ten years in the making and seven years in the fundraising. It opened its doors for an Open Day and ribbon cutting by Arts, Culture and Heritage Associate Minister Grant Robertson on February 22.
The blessing the week before started off a whole chain of events including a Gala evening, two shows to thank seat sponsors, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Kāpiti College’s story of Parihaka and the New Zealand Ballet.
The army of helpers behind the scenes
Behind the scenes, a massive organising committee of students, teachers, staff and volunteers are a little bit stunned and a lot exhausted, but extremely happy.
The great thing about Te Raukura ki Kāpiti is it has genuine community support from a region that is clearly in love with the performing arts.
The $12million Centre has had hundreds of individuals, families, community groups and businesses supporting it by sponsoring seats, with every show a sellout since it’s opened.
The Centre will change Kāpiti forever, providing an endless array of performing arts to keep us entertained.
Coming up next is the 10 piece brass ensemble, Hot Potato Band at the Coastlands Theatre on March 21.
This is followed by a new album release on March 28 from Bluesy folk soul singer-songwriter Charlotte Kerrigan.
She has been performing in Kapiti for over 15 years with both her original music and covers bands Bluesette and Retro Divas, as well as performing and directing at Coasters Musical Theatre.
And for something quite different…
Then for something quite different, on Tuesday March 31, Paekakariki School is bringing, host of the documentary “All in the Mind” and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret Life of Girls”, Nathan Wallis with Engage Your Brain.
This talk focuses on the social/emotional aspects of your brain development –- how feeling impacts our thinking.
Already Te Raukura ki Kapiti has all these bookings (70 plus) for this year.
And you know what’s good about it? As the lights go down and the curtains go up, I’ll be the one sitting in the audience with the biggest smile of all.
Because Te Raukura ki Kāpiti is finally open and we’ve got years of entertainment ahead of us.