Thursday, December 16, 2010

So this is Christmas...

It has been a huge year this year with shows, events, conferences, meetings, seminars and even weddings at The Oamaru Opera House (OoH). There are many more great events booked in for 2011 and with just over a week to go until The OoH is closed over the Christmas break, things are still all go. The ticket office is busy selling tickets for shows on the way in 2011. They include Last night of the Proms, Nick Jr's Dora The Explorer, Michael Jackson HIStory, Tower tutus on Tour, Party Girls, Steampunk Fashion Show and Steampunk Gala Ball, and NZSO Back to Bach. So If you want to get someone a TicketDirect ticket for Christmas make sure you do so before midday on Christmas eve, The OoH will then re-open on January the 10th. If you wish to buy tickets to TicketDirect events over the Christams / New Year period you can still pop into The Oamaru i-Site from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9.15am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. From all of us here at The OoH...

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .

Friday, December 10, 2010

Aoraki Polytechnic Oamaru Campus Graduation

Wow! Over 250 people attending the graduation at the Oamaru Opera House last night. Congratulations to all who graduated, especially Viv Gamble our Administrator and Ron Harris and Wally Macaulay our Encore Staff.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Shows at The Oamaru Opera House in 2011


Southern Sinfonia's Last Night of the Proms
The annual Last Night of the Proms in Dunedin and Oamaru will this year feature internationally-acclaimed Dunedin Soprano Anna Leese.
Although based on the British version, with the enthusiastic singing of
traditional Proms numbers by all, the Southern Sinfonia's version has a distinctive Otago flavour featuring our up-and-coming performing and composing stars of the future.
Under the baton of Wellington conductor Hamish McKeich, The Last Night of the Proms will be an evening of top-class entertainment and fun for all!


Reserved Seating - The Whitestone Contracting Auditorium, The Oamaru Opera House, Thames Street, Oamaru.
More Information: Prices excluding service fees


Premium $48 A Reserve $46

Concession Senior 65+ Beneficiaries and Unwaged
Premium $40 A Reserve $36
Children to 16 years of age and Students with valid ID.
Premium $15 A Reserve $10

Eftpos available for Door Sales
Cash Bar operating
Please advise if you require wheelchair seating.

Entry forms for the Competition to Conduct the Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms will be available for ticket purchasers at the OOH and Oamaru i-site. Programmes, flags and face painting will be on sale in the foyer before the concert. Taking photographs during any part of the performance is not permitted. The concert is expected to finish around 9.30 pm

Nick JR'S Dora The Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys

Dora the Explorer is embarking on an all-new LIVE musical adventure in NICK JR.'s DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE! SEARCH FOR THE CITY OF LOST TOYS.

Join Dora, Boots the monkey, Diego and their friends as they embark on an exciting journey through the number pyramid, the mixed-up jungle and more in search of Osito, Dora's missing teddy bear. This all-new show features well-known songs from t
he TV series as well as brand new songs created just for this stage spectacular.
Along the way the audience will use their map reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully get Dora and friends to the City of Lost Toys.

All tickets $39.90 each plus service fees

Michael Jackson HIStory Show

and this world-class show is the ultimate tribute to Michael Jackson.

Celebrate the music, the magic and all the history! This is the closest you will ever get to seeing the King of Pop in concert...

Showtime Australia is excited to bring to the world, HISTORY - a spectacular tribute to the King of Pop - Michael Jackson. This sensational recreation of pop history will be on tour around the world in 2011 2012.

Head lining the show Direct from Las Vegas the world's # 1 Michael Jackson impersonator, Kenny Wizz - - will bring to the world audiences the chance to relive the legend. Together with a band of talented musicians, fully choreographed dancers, authentic costumes and amazing production HIStory is the recreation of what the fans want - a Michael Jackson concert! This musical biography will take you back to the Jackson 5 and then on a thrilling journey as hit after hit tells the story of one of the greatest pop icons the world has ever known.

HIStory features over twenty songs - all performed live by Kenny - including ABC, Ben, Smooth Criminal, Beat It and many, many more. Michael Jackson remains the undisputed King of Pop and one of the greatest stars of all time - HIStory celebrates his extraordinary talent and is a show you do not want to miss!


$69 Adult plus service fees
$49 Child - 16 years and under plus service fees

Special 2: $64 Group Price - 6 or more (not available over the internet) plus service fees

Tower Tutus On Tour 2011

2011's TOWER Tutus on Tour is all about families. Featuring a new production of Pinocchio and a sparkling classical showpiece, it's the perfect ballet for young and old to enjoy together.

TOWER Tutus on Tour is our opportunity to share what we do with as many New Zealanders as possible. Every two years our company divides in half and one group heads south and the other north. Over the following six weeks, they're on the road performing in more than 40 towns and cities.

The ultimate 'tiki tour', Tutus sees the dancers performing in community theatres, town halls and school gymnasiums. Logistically it's a huge challenge - we take everything with us from washing machines to kettles - but we love it.

Verdi Variations

Choreography Greg Horsman

Music Giuseppe Verdi, I Vespri siciliani (Le Quattro stagioni)

Design Gary Harris

Lighting Nigel Percy

A classical ballet lover's dream come true, Verdi Variations promises to be a stunningly grand showpiece peppered with dramatic solos and dazzling duets, complete with exquisitely made tutus and tiaras.

With choreography and design by in-house
dream team Greg Horsman and Gary Harris, the piece pays homage to classical Russian ballet and its poise and grace. Verdi Variations will be breathtakingly beautiful.


Choreography Toby Behan

Music Andre Messager, Les Deux Pigeons Design Julian Southgate

Lighting Nigel Percy

The antics of Pinocchio, Geppetto and friends come to life as the Royal New Zealand Ballet presents a fun, traditional story-ballet for the whole family. Written in 1883, the tale of Pinocchio - a wooden puppet who yearns to be a real boy - continues to be adored by children around the world.

As he stumbles his way through life, will he ever be able to realise his dream?

Follow Pinocchio on his exciting adventures as he encounters the evil Fox and Cat, Stromboll

More Information:

Reserved Seating Event In the Whitestone Contracting Auditorium, Oamaru Opera House
Eftpos available for Door Sales and venue Box Office.

Prices Excluding Services Fees

Premium - $43.00

A Reserve - $33.00

Child/Student - ID Required for all Students
Premium - $23.00
A Reserve - $13.00


Premium - $38
A Reserve - $28

Friends of the Ballet - Available at the I-Site and Oamaru Opera House booking offices only
Premium - $38.00
A Reserve - $18.00

Cash bar available pre show and interval

Please advise if you require wheelchair seating.

Party Girls

Ben McDonald and The Interislander present the team that brought you Grumpy Old Women with the perfect present this Christmas...

Starring Geraldine Brophy, Pinky Agnew and Lyndee-jane Rutherford

Where is the voice of sensible womanhood? Where is the Party that reflects not just the grass roots and the flax roots, but the retouched roots, too? Who has their sleeves rolled up, and will wield the broom that will sweep New Zealand clean. Who will poke the big boys where it hurts? The answer is obvious and the intrepid three vow to bring their Grumpy wisdom to the Nation once again!

THE PARTY GIRLS are on the campaign trail near you!

Don't miss them!!!

There's only one way to survive 2011 - laugh!!!

All tickets $62.50 plus service fees


Oamaru's Steampunk Fashion Show returns to charm and enthrall you.

Step back into a fascinating future. Victorian science fiction provides limitless opportunity for creative expression. This is more than a fashion parade; this is a show of dramatic, often mechanical costumerie with fully developed characters. What would a sky pirate, an interstellar barista or a steam powered housemaid wear and why? Swathed in the glory of Victorian style; leather, velvet and lace, waistcoats, corsets and tailcoats with a compuls

ory touch of scientific wonder these alter egos draw you into tomorrow as it used to be.

This is a community event with international appeal, where local creativity is celebrated and added to with a touch of the exotic. Come and experience authentically Victorian Oamaru. Be transported into a fantasy world at no better place than through the doors of the award winning Oamaru Opera House.

For more on steampunk in Oamaru

Venue: Oamaru Opera House, Oamaru

More Information:

Prices Excluding Services Fees.
Reserved Seating Event In the Whitestone Contracting Auditorium, Oamaru Opera House
Eftpos available for Door Sales and venue Box Office.

All Early Bird Tickets $28 plus service fees
Tickets purchased after 1 April $38 plus service fees

Cash bar available pre show and interval

Please advise if you require wheelchair seating.

Oamaru Steampunk Gala Ball

Oamaru's Steampunk Gala Ball follows the Oamaru Steampunk Fashion show, of course!

Let your imagination run wild and create a character from a Victorian science fiction story of your making. Mad scientist, intrepid explorer, or simple soldier of the extraordinary kind, gracious housekeeper, grand dame of the night or dancer extraordinaire, the choice is limitless. Whoever you are, dress the part, play the part, come, join the frenzy of fun to dance the night away in the heart of Victorian Oamaru, New Zealand's steampunk capital.

A sumptuous supper and live music of the steampunk kind are included. There will be story telling as we hear about the worlds of those attending, belly dancing and gentlemanly dueling and dancing; dancing, dancing, dancing.

For more on steampunk in Oamaru


The Scottish Hall, Oamaru

Time: 7.30pm till late

Tickets $63.00
Cash bar, no Eftpos, no BYO, photo ID
Wheelchair access
TicketDirect service fee applies
Pick up option: Tickets will be available for pickup at The Oamaru Opera House till 4pm Friday 3rd June. All remaining un-collected tickets will be available to pick up from The Scottish Hall from 7pm on Sunday 5th June.

NZSO Soloists Back to Bach

The great flowering of music during the Baroque era inspired composers to seek sumptuous sounds and create melodies of pure delight. This concert offers a celebration of brilliance of their achievement.

Baroque composers particularly loved the oboe for it's melodic richness, Bach's D minor concerto for the instrument was written during his happy time with the court orchestra at Cothen. In the work now known as Air on a G String from the Suite No. 3, Bach created one of the most famous melodies of all time. For the Paris Opera, Rameau created music of luxurious opulence and dramatic excitement, and in his Volker Overture, Telemann draws inspiration from his insatiable curiosity for the melodies and dance music of different countries and folk traditions, here traversing Turkish, Swiss, Russian, Portuguese and French sources in a rich display of his vivacious worldly musical style.


Robert Orr - Oboe

TELEMANN - Volker Overture (Suite)

BACH - Oboe Concerto in D minor

RAMEAU - Zoroastre Suite

BACH – Air


Oamaru Opera House, Oamaru

More Information:

Doors Open 30 mins prior to event.

The below prices exclude service fees.

A Res B Res C Res

Adult $55 $43 $31

Concession (i.e. seniors 65 plus) $50 $39 $28

Special 1 15% Group Discount (8 or more) Unwaged, Disabled $46 $36 $26

Special 2 NZSO Staff and Players, NZSO Alumni, Entertainment Book (2-4-1) $27.50 $21.50 $15.50

Child (up to and including high school age $15 $15 $15

30 and Under $26 $26 $26

NZSO_10 - $10 Off $45 $33 $21

NZSO_15 - $15 Off $40 $28 $16

Symphony_15 - 15% Discount $46 $36 $26

Symphony_10 - 10% Discount and 10% Sponsor Discount $49 $38 $27

30-For-30 $30 $30 $30

Family Package (1 adult and 2 children) $60 $20 a ticket

Family Package (2 adults and 2 children) $99 $24.75 a ticket

The NZSO is offering disabled patrons the opportunity to bring a companion free of charge

Cash bar available pre show and interval.

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