Age 16+, haze

A warrior and demigod, the adventures of Māui are woven into the fabric of Pacific history. In Aotearoa, this ‘Māori Superman’ was fast, fit, and funny. He was the total package. He slowed the sun, fished up Te Ika a Māui (the North Island) and brought fire to the world – to name just a few of his feats!

The burgeoning music theatre star that is Rutene Spooner is channelling this Māori hero into a modern-day icon – complete with rhinestones and glitter. This ‘haka-boogie-hori’ will be pulling out all his tricks from the past and reincarnating Māui into a living breathing musical rock star before your very eyes. Don’t miss the charmingly quick-witted songs, hilarious antics and heart-felt storytelling. Experience this cultural hero and trickster shape shift once more.

Created by Metro Māori Productions and presented by PANNZ.

Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Frozen JR brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents a cast of beloved characters, filled with superb songs and harmonies and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humour, Frozen JR is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

The Wakatu Dance Theatre’s 2022 show will have you leaping into your seats! Get ready as we embark on this journey through different eras, locations and cultures, all with iconic music from a variety of genres.

Directed by Peta Spooner, this year’s show includes ballet, modern jazz, contemporary, musical theatre and tap.

Peta is delighted to welcome students from Jane Pascoe Academy of Dance, Michaela's Musical Theatre and Glenna Armstrong School of Tap, which just adds to the quality of performance and entertainment on offer. Join us for Travel, Turn and Leap!

Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents a fantastic story of transformation and tolerance.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice, including "Belle", "Be Our Guest", "Human Again" and of course "Beauty and the Beast".

The "tale as old as time" tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents fantastic fairy tale entertainment for the whole family!

“Be careful what you wish for” is the ongoing theme in this Broadway family favourite musical fairytale world. Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go to the King’s festival, and Jack (and the beanstalk) who wishes his cow would give some milk.

When the baker and his wife are visited by a wicked witch from next door, she reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, and the two set off on a journey “into the woods'' to reverse the curse. There we meet Little Red Riding Hood, on her way to visit her grandmother, a wolf who loves tasty little girls, the witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and Cinderella’s and Rapunzel’s princes! By the end, everyone will seem to have gotten their wish and will be preparing to live happily ever after. But will they…?

Due to the change in COVID-19 levels the NBS season of Mary Poppins has been cancelled. All tickets will be fully refunded. Customers who bought tickets online do not need to do anything and can expect the money returned to the card that was used for the transaction within the next 5 business days.

Customers who bought tickets via the Theatre Royal Box Office will have to come to box office for their refund, This can not happen until we are back at level 2.

Nelson Youth Theatre Company brings you Disney’s Aladdin JR, based on the 1992 Academy Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within.

The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin is down on his luck until he discovers the magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his ingenuity, his will power and his moral character.

With beloved songs such as Arabian Nights, One Step Ahead, Friend Like Me, and Prince Ali, and fantastic settings, costumes, pyros and UV lighting, this spectacular adventure story opens up “a whole new world” of theatrical delights!

Running time: 70 mins, no interval

Based on the popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.

A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened in London and ran for a record-setting 21 years, and this was matched on Broadway where it ran for a further 18 years.

Created by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1981, CATS is a much loved and magnificent show of song and dance, which is enhanced by exciting new choreography and a magical theatre setting.

Lovers of song and dance will not want to miss this special Nelson Youth Theatre Company production that will surely enthrall young and old alike!


Running time: 2 hours incl interval

Postponed from 19 Oct 2021 then 5 July 2022, now scheduled for 19 Dec 2022.

The Musical Gala with an international cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway to New Zealand for the first time.

The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical Theatre to life. This incredible production is a wonderful revue of all your favourite musical theatre hits which include such classics as The Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Miss Saigon, The Boy from OZ, Hairspray, Les Misérables, The Blues Brothers.

World of Musicals, colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an international star-studded cast, presenting the audience with entertainment at the highest level. Whether a soloist, duet or the entire ensemble, the performers of this musical event will inspire in this musical whirlwind. Direct from their USA tour, this select cast of highly talented and accomplished performers have featured in worldwide smash hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, West Side Story, Titanic, Les Miserables, Wizard of OZ, Musical Star Nights, Mary Poppins, Me and My Girl, Evita, the King of Narnia, Rent, Avenue “Q”.

"ALL THE HITS IN ONE SHOW", that is the motto of this musical gala, full of highlights - the emotional and varied journey into the World of Musicals will delight the audience.

The World of Musicals is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favourite and much-loved musicals in one unforgettable evening.

World of Musicals simply not to be missed. Book Now……………...

“The cast is Supremely talented and an absolute joy to watch
- Broadway World

“Emotional Ballads, stunning solos and rousing ensemble performances
- Main Echo

“If you have a chance to see this show, you 100% need to
-Broadway World

Nayland College proudly presents a showcase of performing arts featuring the very best of Music, Dance and Drama. We welcome you to sit back and enjoy our 2020 students performing as spotlight soloists and as part of our talented ensembles.

The evening will celebrate a broad spectrum of performances from Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Broadgreen Intermediate Concert Band, our three choirs, Vast Dance, and the Drama Company.

The programme will appeal to a variety of artistic tastes with our all-encompassing talented students.

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