Otago University and Polytechnic capping show assistant director Abby Howells (left) and co-directors Aaron Mayes and Caitlin McNaughton discuss capping show hopefuls during the first night of auditions. Photo by Linda Robertson.
This year's Otago University and Polytechnic capping show may
be the last, if its subject matter has any truth to it.
The show, titled Capocalypse, is based on a prediction
the world will end in December this year.
Students eager to perform in the apocalyptic Dunedin capping
show have one last chance at tonight's final audition from
7pm in the College of Education auditorium.
Capping show executive producer Dan Hendra said
Capocalypse comprised 18 cast members, of which a
handful were main characters.
About 80 people were expected to audition for parts, he said.
The show also involves about 22 crew members and up to 100
others in various skits including the Sexytet, Selwyn Ballet
and Knox Farce.
Despite its theme, Capocalypse is a comedy, in keeping
with capping show tradition.
It includes Otago university and polytechnic references as
well as familiar Dunedin landmarks.
"We usually base it around current social stuff and the
university. We often have key characters in the university
involved, like the proctor and Campus Watch, as well as key
locations such as the Leith or clock tower," Mr Hendra said.
Capocalypse is set to run from May 9-19.
Otago's annual capping show began in 1894 and is the
second-longest-running student revue in the world, behind
that of Cambridge University in England.