Pointed toes, puffed tutus, red lipstick, hairy legs and a
It wasn't just talent people abandoned their picnic rugs to
see when they rushed to the front of the stage to watch a
certain men's ballet group close up.
The Remarkable Men's Ballet finally brought their tip-toed
walks and twinkling fingers to the stage towards the end of
the Shotover Christmas Cracker in Queenstown on Saturday.
Earlier, younger and perhaps more experienced ballet dancers
had set the bar high but the men, who had been invited to
join this year's cast and had been practising hard, showed no
signs of stage fright.
Winners of the wishing tree competition, in which children
had written a wish and placed it on one of the dedicated
trees at locations such as schools and Santa's grotto in
Athol St, were announced on stage.
One of the winning wishes involved nine separate wishes from
friends of children whose family in Queenstown had sent their
savings to relatives in the Philippines after a typhoon
caused massive destruction.
The family received money to help buy a new car.
The talent from hundreds of performers came in many forms,
from a seemingly endless supply of singers to dancing
Christmas trees and a hip-hop dance crew.
Saturday's show was the largest in the event's seven-year
history and the first time it had been held outdoors at the
Queenstown Recreation Ground, which had allowed for a