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Members of Invercargill band El Scratcho (standing, from left) lead guitarist Terry Pilcher, guitarist Hayden Budd, drummer Roger Chilton, keyboardist Anton Dickens and bass guitarist Brad Clarkson with author Carl Mills (seated) at a rehearsal on Monday for the upcoming performance of The Open Road. Photo: Hayden Williams

IT’S difficult to pigeon-hole the upcoming one-off show The Open Road

“It is a concert within a story as opposed to a musical… using classic rock driving music which ties in with the epic road trip,” writer Carl Mills, of Invercargill, said.

The Open Road is Mills’ first foray into writing a stage production.

“I had a story rolling around in my head for a while and I thought I would put it down on paper,” he said.

Mills downplayed his achievement in making the project a reality.

“I guess it’s something you can tick off the bucket list.”

The Open Roadtells the story of three brothers growing up, experiencing loss and embarking on a road trip to take their parents’ ashes to a place where they used to holiday together as a family.

The show will be narrated by Mills, accompanied by covers band El Scratcho and performers including Simon Thompson, Cindy Mulrooney, Jason Sellwood and Chris Chilton.

El Scratcho bass guitarist Brad Clarkson said the band had not been involved in a project like this before.

“The band is excited about doing it. It’s all new to us… and [about] having fun.”

Mills has been associated with the Southland Musicians Club and its annual Guitar Legends show for many years.

The Open Road, SIT Centrestage Theatre, September 22, 7.30pm. Tickets $45 general admission. Tickets available from TicketDirect.

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