Christmas show bigger and better

ILT Christmas Variety Show’s ‘rising stars’ spent the weekend rehearsing for the big show at ILT Stadium Southland.

THE year of 2020 was a challenging one with a lot of uncertainty.

But the ILT Christmas Variety Show co-producer and choreographer Jordan Skelt said they had no doubt the traditional show would happen – bigger and better than ever.

“No matter what, we will have the show. We can’t cancel Christmas!”

One of the most traditional Christmas events in Invercargill is set to hit the stage tomorrow from 6.30pm, with 240 performers, live music and a plenty of festive spirit.

And for the first time in 20 years the tickets for the show were sold out with one week to go.

Co-director Hana Skeggs was overwhelmed with the community support.

“We usually sell out on the day or day before but it has never happened so early. It is very exciting.”

For that reason, the organisers decided to open the dress rehearsal so more people could enjoy the performances. It would be held from 6pm today.

“It is all about the community.

“The event is growing every year so it is awesome to have this support,” Ms Skeggs said.

Among the performers were a group of 26 local “rising stars”.

Vocal coach Michael Kuresa said it was impressive how much their talent developed in 14 weeks of training.

“It is an opportunity for local talents to express themselves. I’m super excited to see the outcome.”

ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said he wanted the stadium to became the “house of Christmas” this year.

Along with the variety show, the stadium would also host the Merry Little Christmas Show from 11am today.

He was proud of what the show’s team had achieved this year.

“It is absolutely fantastic the work they put into the show.

“Christmas is always special for me favourite time of the year.

“It is great to be able to continue to bring the cheer to the community.”Running SneakersAutres