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Te Anau audiences wowed by the Faulty
Towers night at the Te Anau Club earlier this
year have a new treat in store.
Doug Kamo is returning to town with
another dinner theatre show, this time with
a musical bent.
The RatPack is inspired by the pizzazz,
sounds and comedy that Frank Sinatra,
Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr became
so famous for and aims to recreate the
atmosphere of the infamous Las Vegas
The show was toured a couple of years
ago to great acclaim and recently ended a
sold-out season at the Fortune Theatre in
There are currently three teams of RatPacks
performing this show around the country
and no two shows have ever been the
same. That's because the concept employs
the same improvisational techniques and
audience interaction used in Faulty Towers.
"But it's got a far more sophisticated and
refined outcome to it," Mr Kamo said.
While not attempting to "clone" the original
Rat Pack, the show would include many
of their most well-known songs and adopt
similar forms of comedy and presentation.
Mr Kamo, who played Basil in the Te Anau
performance of Faulty Towers, will again
take a leading role. Highly sought-after
throughout the country as a director,
performer and choreographer, Mr Kamo
has more that 60 theatrical highlights
to his credit, including touring Asia and
New Zealand in the international casts
of Chicago and Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolour Dreamcoat. He has also
worked in television on programmes such
as Xena Warrior Princess, Shortland Street
and Street Legal and for two and-a-half
years hosted the weekly Lotto draw.
He is joined by Kristopher Bate who has
recently returned from London. With a
background as a nightclub DJ, radio and
local television host, Mr Bate went on to
appear in the Dunedin Operatic production
of 42nd Street and later became a regular
on the Fortune Theatre stage, appearing in
many professional productions.
The third performer is Robert Enari. Best
known as a children's television host, Mr
Enari graduated from the National Academy
of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) with
a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Music
Theatre. He has just come off the New
Zealand tour of Starlight Express.
The RatPack performs at the Te Anau
Club on December 4. Tickets are $60 per
person including dinner. Club manager
Neil McDowall said it would be an ideal
Christmas staff party outing.
RatPack promises fun night
Doug Kamo (right) as he appeared recently with The RatPack at Dunedin's Fortune Theatre
Fiordland businesses and community
groups are being reminded to get their
thinking caps on to come up with bright and
colourful ideas for their float entries in this
year's Te Anau Santa Parade.
Santas Little Helpers spokeswoman Carmel
McDowall said all that was needed was $50
to register your spot and some imagination.
This year's parade will follow the same
route as last year, through the Town Centre
and finishing up with some gala fun at Lions
Park. Stall tables are available at the park
for $20 each.
As well as support through floats and
stalls, the organisers are keen to hear
from anyone willing to donate prizes for the
chocolate wheel, anyone keen to help out
with the running of the parade or anyone
able to provide entertainment.
"Let's make this year's parade as much fun
as the last two," she said.
There was also an opportunity for clubs or
groups looking for a fundraising avenue to
take on operation of the bouncy castle or
ice cream trailer. Candy floss and a sausage
sizzle are already planned and ready to go.
This year's parade will be held on December
12 starting at 2pm.
Registration forms are available from Aden
Motels or give Carmel a call (249 7748) and
she will fax them to you. Donations of prizes
can be left at the Olive Tree Café or Aden
• Saturday December 12
• 2pm start
• Gala to follow at Lions Park
• Floats $50
• Stalls $20
• To register call (03) 249-7748
• Fundraising opportunities still available
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