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Singing vampire pirates to his Tauranga stages

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Yvette Wagner, Stephen Ormsby, Jen Edney, Mellissa Tombleson, Taila Burton, Chris Parnell at the rehearsal for Tauranga Musical Theatre's production of Vampirates. Photo/George Novak
Yvette Wagner, Stephen Ormsby, Jen Edney, Mellissa Tombleson, Taila Burton, Chris Parnell at the rehearsal for Tauranga Musical Theatre's production of Vampirates. Photo/George Novak

Pirates and vampires are regularly found at Halloween festivities held at this time of year, but a Tauranga musical production group are taking them to the stage.

For directors and writers Jamie Parkes and John Edney, it will be the second time their original The Curse of the Pearl Necklace production from 2014 will hit the stage.

"It did really well, so decided to it again and add in some vampires too. Vampirates sounds awesome." Mr Parkes said.

The musical was set in the golden age of piracy.

"We have two ships this time, a ship full of nuns and a ship full of pirates. The pirates have raided the nunnery and have escaped with some of their property so the nuns are in hot pursuit of them."

Mr Parkes said the show was a musical comedy.

"Lots of music from all over, from pop music to classical, to some rock anthems. Including I Will follow Him, from Sister Act and Moves like Jaggar. "

The musical production was a comedy but was adult themed, he said.

"A lot of innuendos are for the adults, as you would expect with salty seamen."

Mr Edney said building the stage and props had been going on for about four weeks, while rehearsing had been happening for about five weeks.

"The script in itself has been an ongoing process for over a year now."

There was approximately 20 cast in the production and 50 odd crew doing things back stage, he said.

Mr Edney said they, with the crew and cats were pulling massive 12 hours days getting everything ready fro the start of the musical.

"The result [is worth it] seeing everybody enjoying themselves. Seeing the audience turn up, and them laughing.

"I think it's like an athlete why do you eat really healthy and spend five days a week, running a few hours a day.

"I guess it's that buzz you do get at the end. The result.

"When you run that final race or have your opening night and you see an audience sitting there wetting themselves with laughter and they go away with a big smile on their faces.

"That is the best feeling in the world. It's bloody hard work to get there but what' makes it worth while in the end."

Yvette Wagner, Stephen Ormsby, Jen Edney, Mellissa Tombleson, Taila Burton, Chris Parnell and Parminder Kaur at the rehearsal for Vampirettes. Photo/George Novak
Yvette Wagner, Stephen Ormsby, Jen Edney, Mellissa Tombleson, Taila Burton, Chris Parnell and Parminder Kaur at the rehearsal for Vampirettes. Photo/George Novak

The show would play at Westside Theatre from November 18. For tickets head too: iticket.co.nz/events/2016/nov/vampirates

- Bay of Plenty Times

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