On with the show

Photo by James Beech.
Photo by James Beech.
Father Christmas (Alan Davis), helpers (from left) Lily Brabant (11), of Arthurs Point, Amelia Wikstrom (7), of Lower Shotover, and Louis Brabant (9), of Arthurs Point, and an all-singing, all-dancing cast of 150 are in the final rehearsals this week for the Shotover Jet Christmas Spectacular.

The Lakes District's sixth annual blockbuster concert returns to the Queenstown Events Centre on Sunday at 4pm.

Produced by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, under the creative direction of Simon Green, Margaret O'Hanlon and Anna Stuart, the extravaganza will celebrate Christmas with a medley of favourite traditional and contemporary songs performed by Wakatipu talents.

Mr Green said yesterday the community concert was especially "up-tempo and energy filled" for 2012 and packed with songs families would want to sing and dance to.

The 11-strong Remarkable Men's Ballet returns by popular demand in tutus and full make-up with a unique interpretation of Swamp Lake.

"They're looking sharp - graceful, almost. They're working really hard this year," Mr Green said.

 - Tickets, $15 per adult, $5 per child, from the events centre, Queenstown i-Site Visitor Centre and Ticketek.