On Friday 11th August, the Methven Heritage Centre was flled for Methven’s first Variety Theatre Concert. This showcase of musical performances had a range of genres from classical music to pop music and a little bit of jazz as well.
One of the Mount Hutt College music tutors, Kate Lambarth, played a big part in the organisation and execution of the event.
The event was held as a fundraiser for Methven Care Trust. There was an amazing $3900 raised on the night from ticket sales and also a raffle.
The evening saw the Methven women’s choir, ‘The Fascinating Ladies’ and the ‘MSA Men’s Choir’ perform together, as well as their own individual pieces. Geraldine pianist, Paul Johnson, Ashburton’s Kate Willis and Mount Hutt students Charlotte Blundell, Simon Harford, Alisa Ikenaga and myself also performed.
Kate Lambarth says that the event “would not have been possible without the wonderful Angela Cresswell, Joan Wright and Sue van den Heuvel”, and she would like to thank “the Methven iSite, the Methven Care Trust ladies and sponsors, Methven Professionals, Methven Foursquare and the Methven Lions”.
Kate is “hoping to have another event like this maybe every year” as it “showcases the local talent and events like this give performers (especially school students) a chance to work towards something”.
The original event was supposed to be in July but due to rain and wild weather, it could not be held. Kate says that this was the biggest challenge of setting up the event.
But she says that “in a way this was a good thing, as it gave us that little bit of extra time to perfect our performances. I personally think that we utilised the extra time quite well”.
Kate would also like to say, a big thank you to all the performers that worked really hard to make this such a successful night. Everyone was enthusiastic and sang or performed beautifully.“
Also to my Fascinating Ladies . . . you rocked it!”