Stars in fund raiser at Southwards
Six New Zealand singer ‘legends’ will perform together in a unique fundraising concert to be held in Southward Theatre, Paraparaumu on June 30.
Funding generated by the concert will go towards the building of the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre, based at Kapiti College, which project is already underway.
Tina Cross, Ray Woolf, Paul Ubana Jones, Dennis Marsh, Sam Manzanza and Andrew London are the feature artists, and the hosts for the evening are Kevin Milne and Rebekah Codlin.
Kapiti Kids Motivation Trust
Former Deputy Mayor, Roger Booth, formed the Kapiti Kids Motivation Trust in 2007 to bring sporting and arts identities to Kapiti to inspire and motivate children across our schools, and in twelve years 35 national identities have paid visits presenting in every one of Kapiti’s 21 primary and secondary schools.
All six ‘Kiwi Legends’ performers have visited our schools with KKMT across the years, and enjoyed the experience of working alongside Roger Booth with Kapiti children.
Booth is delighted that such an impressive set of performers have each responded to the call to return to perform, and charitably (no performance fees), as their gestures towards the fundraiser. Considering that five are from outside our district, and that all regularly receive requests to perform charitably, we are most grateful for their generous response.
It is fitting that we have put together a one-off occasion for a one-off build. This $ 15 million project includes Coastlands Theatre which will have a 330 seat capacity and quality acoustics, a black box theatre for drama performance with a sprung floor, a selection of rehearsal spaces and arts teaching classrooms, offices and a café. It will definitely be the best such facility in the lower North Island, and one of the best in the country.
The Star-studded cast
Tina Cross has retained a quality place in the entertainment industry across the 43 years since she emerged as a 16-year old on our then emerging one-channel television.
Ray Woolf was a 17-year old performing in a band in London in the early 1960’s across town from another emerging group called ‘The Beatles’. The year Woolf left England with his parents for New Zealand, 1962, The Beatles ‘took over the music world’.
Dennis Marsh was one of those special individuals who emerged, in his case in his thirties, after being persuaded to ‘have a go’ by fellow workers on building sites. Since then he has made a special mark in the country and western musical world.
Paul Ubana Jones, who is based in Christchurch, was born in London of a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father. He is an intimate soul performer, an acoustic guitar sensation, and had won three New Zealand music awards.
Sam Manzanza has won a special place in the Wellington performance scene since arriving from the Congo in the 1980s. He is a particularly versatile instrumentalist, playing the blues harp, guitar, and percussion.
Singer and guitarist Andrew London is a local, who presented with KKMT alongside ex-Hamilton County Bluegrass Band violinist Colleen Trenwith.
The evening’s entertainment will be hosted, in similar vein to the overseas celebrated awards evenings, by Kevin Milne and Rebekah Codlin. Milne won recognition as one of our most trusted New Zealanders while featuring as the lead presenter on the ‘legendary’ television series Fair Go.
Rebekah Codlin, an outstanding portrait painter whose art features on the web, is a self-taught Pictonite 24 year-old.
There are two other special features of the evening –
- The first is that the entry ticket, at two of three levels of prices, entitles you to a package of food to enjoy during the evening.
- The second feature is that the VIP tickets will provide a unique opportunity to meet and greet the performing and presenting celebrities before
Southward Theatre is making the performance facility available charitably, and Elliott’s Raumati Sands Resort and Finn’s are providing accommodation for the visiting performers.
Tickets are now available via www.eventfinda.co.nz