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Updates from the 2011 Artistic DirectorElisabeth EastherSchools Review CompetitionReviews
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Very Personal and Deeply Moving Tales Shine in Sombre Tones

By - 4 Mar 2011"When so much we see at the moment is in some way fake, the honesty of this show is truly striking. Silver Stars is an incredibly emotive piece that pulls on a breadth of human emotion as it tells its story. It lays bare the stories of struggle, loss, defiance, acceptance and love in a sombre yet highly charged song-cycle."

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"Frog for dinner? Really?"

By Elisabeth Easther - 4 Mar 20111 commentI took my five year old son Theo to the acclaimed Thang Long Troupe's Vietnamese Water Puppets last night (March 3rd) and he's now a confirmed culture vulture.

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Trelise Handels it

By - 3 Mar 2011"There is nothing quite like a live performance, in a beautiful venue, with talented performers and glorious costumes. Nothing. It’s enough to make you pledge to get out more, and go to more things, even things you know nothing about, because the experience of being part of an audience when the cast and crew and musicians are getting it right – well, it can’t be beaten."

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Ravishing Xerxes Starts Arts Festival

By - 3 Mar 2011"With Trelise Cooper as costume designer, Xerxes should have been an overblown baroque folly. But it isn’t. The costumes, like the opera, are a balance of the ravishing and the refined."

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Funny and Fabulous Production of the Highest Musical Integrity

By - 3 Mar 2011"This 2011 production of Xerxes is the first professional staging of an opera by Handel in New Zealand. Handel wrote over 40 operas and was a major force in the precarious and difficult opera world of London. Xerxes first appeared at the Kings Theatre, Haymarket, in 1738."

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