Sweet Charity Begins in Rangiora
CPIT's National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) students are showcasing their talent in their latest production, Sweet Charity, this week.
The musical follows Charity Valentine, a taxi driver for a New York City dance hall, through the ups and downs as she struggles to find love. While working at the seedy Fan-Dango Ballroom, she is often exploited by men, and has been strung along in a series of bad relationships. Finally, she seems to have met a decent fellow in shy tax accountant, Oscar- but will it be a happy ending?
The musical is being undertaken by NASDA's third year class at the Rangiora Town Hall. NASDA's Acting Programme Leader Angela Johnson says the show allows the students to show the full range of talents in a dynamic and fun performance.
"It's got great music, great dancing and great atmosphere. We have a really strong cast who have been working hard to bring this together and they're going to deliver a show which will thoroughly entertain audiences."
Johnson says Sweet Charity is "the story of someone who wants to be loved so badly." "She really wants it too badly, but there is a lot of optimism in her character and she doesn't give up hope. It's a very relatable story."
Based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria, Johnson says Sweet Charity is a sophisticated comedy with some big musical numbers, including the hit 'Big Spender'.
Performer and Court Theatre Associate Yvonne Martin is directing Sweet Charity. Martin's impressive list of credit includes directing Shadowlands, Death and the Maiden, Stones in His Pockets, Putting it Together, Lady Windermere's Fan and most recently End of the Rainbow. As a performer she has appeared in dozens of plays as well as on Shortland Street and in the film Starlight Hotel.