A Halloween treat

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Some of the cast of new production The Horde at rehearsals last week.

THE Horde may be a nightmare for its main character, but the show is a dream come true for Invercargill-based writer Carl Mills.

To be performed next Wednesday, the show is the second production penned by Mills and follows up last year’s The Open Road.

Mills said the story was about a young family man in mid-1990s Invercargill who accidentally hits a dog while on his way back from a trip to the shops.

“Then he has to make a decision – does he stay or does he just leave it where it is – and makes the wrong decision.

“So the next thing the dog is back to make his life a living hell, and it grows from there.”

Mills said he started writing the story a few years ago, but never completed it.

“I thought, ‘right I’m going to put an end to it’.”

He said he enjoyed working on these two shows and it had renewed his passion for writing.

It was also an amazing experience to see a show he had created performed on stage, he said.

“You couldn’t keep the grin off my face last year, to see the guys getting out there, and all the hard work they’d put in.”

Mills will again narrate the show, while band El Scratcho and a line-up of Southland singers perform the music which links the story together.

Mills said El Scratcho – Hayden Budd, Brad Clarkson, Terry Pilcher and Roger Chilton – along with Anton Dickens and Shaun Flannery, had been rehearsing for months.

Most of the same singers would be back from last year’s production, along with a few new performers and guest guitarist “Waz”.

“He’s helping out in a couple of songs. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Because this year’s show was a different style, Mills said there was a bit more of a diverse range of songs including funk, classic rock and metal.

Songs would include Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare, performed by Cindy Mulrooney, and Hush, by Deep Purple, performed by Jordan Cossill.

Many were based around the horror theme and because the show was supernatural-based, Mills said they thought it would be fun to perform it on Halloween and welcomed the audience to dress up as well.

Being performed at the Scottish Hall, Mills said the Southland Musicians Club had also got behind the show and would be running a bar, with lighting and sound by SBA Productions.

The Horde, Scottish Hall, Invercargill, Wednesday, October 31, 8pm. Tickets from Invercargill City Council booking office and TicketDirect, $25 (plus booking fee).

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