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Bret McKenzie narrates Dr Seuss with Orchestra Wellington

Oscar winner Bret McKenzie narrates Dr Seuss with Orchestra Wellington

Brett McKenzie narrates Gerald McBoing Boing with Orchestra Wellington at the Opera House on Sunday July 27, 3pm as part of the Pita and the Wolf family concert.

Oscar winner, hit musician and actor Bret McKenzie is going back to his musical roots.

For a few years in his teens he was a member of the Wellington Youth Orchestra, where he played oboe.

"The only thing about the oboe is that no one plays the oboe, so I automatically got in the orchestra. There were only two of us. I was terrible. But I am familiar with the orchestral world," McKenzie says.

He reads the Dr Seuss story Gerald McBoing Boing to his two young children.

"It's a very funny story."

"Coincidentally we'd read the book to our kids. We'd started to work our way through the Dr Seuss catalogue in our house and the library's got a pretty good collection, and that's the one we got out of the Wellington library."

Also in this Orchestra Wellington family concert, Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf has been adapted with a Pasifika twist by writer Dave Armstrong. Dave Fane, who starred in Sione's Wedding, will narrate the new version, Pita and the Wolf. Actress Aroha White presents a modern story accompanied by orchestra, Tane and the Kiwi.

Orchestra Wellington family concert, Pita and the Wolf
With Bret McKenzie, Dave Fane & Aroha White
Wellington Opera House
Sunday July 27th, 3pm

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