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New Zealand Radio Icon Joins The Wizard Of OZ

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New Zealand Radio Icon Joins The Wizard Of OZ


Peach Theatre Company presents THE WIZARD OF OZ


Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th September, The Civic, THE EDGE


The yellow brick road is inching nearer and nearer, as Peach Theatre Company’s large-scale production of The Wizard of Oz confirms its final cast for this much loved classic.


Perhaps one of the memorable roles from the film is the larger than life guard to the Emerald City; which will be played by the iconic radio DJ Robbie Rakete. Generations of New Zealanders have grown up with Robbie; from his early days as the presenter of RTR Countdown, to his long stint at Mai FM and finally The Breeze with Robert Scott.


Kristian Lavercombe returns to The Civic Theatre in the beloved role of “The Scarecrow” after touring as "Riff Raff" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and playing Mark Cohen in Rent.


Rounding out the famous trio is Nic Kyle who plays The Tin Man. Christchurch based Kyle is one of the country's leading theatre performers and jazz vocalists. In Christchurch he has recently starring in the lead roles in Cabaret, Miss Saigon, Oliver, The History Boys and Sweeney Todd.


Other confirmed cast members include George Henare ONZM, Raymond Hawthorne ONZM, Opera Diva Helen Medlyn, Tina Cross, Lisa Chappell, Turanga Merito and Olivia Tennet, alongside the “Search for Toto” winner Poco the dog!

The Wizard of Oz plays: 10th – 18th September, 2011 The Civic, THE EDGE, 269 Queen Street, Auckland Times: 6:30pm Tuesday – Wednesday, 7:30pm Thursday – Sunday (except 11 and 13 September) Matinee performances: Saturday 10 September – 2pm Sunday 11th September – 4pm Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September – 2pm


Tickets: Adults from $39.90, Children from $24.90 (booking fees apply) Bookings through THE EDGE: 0800 BUY TICKETS or HYPERLINK "http://www.buytickets.co.nz" www.buytickets.co.nz


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