Ben Madden (18), the fourth member of his family to be in
the Sextet for the Otago University Students Association
Capping Show, puts on his make-up before last night's dress
rehearsal. In the background is fellow member Josh Clark
(21). Photo by Craig Baxter.
One of the University of Otago's oldest traditions is
also a Madden family custom, with four members displaying their
vocal talent in the Sextet since the 1970s.
Ben Madden will join five others in the all-male a cappella
group for this year's annual Capping Show, titled Alice in
He said he was pleased to follow in the footsteps of his
father, uncle and cousin.
Mr Madden, a voice performance student, is an experienced
singer as he and the three family members, father Gerald,
uncle Richard and cousin Nicholas Madden, all of Dunedin,
have sung in choirs at St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin.
However, audiences can be assured the Sextet will live up to
its "risque" expectations when it shares the stage with other
Capping Show favourites the Selwyn Ballet, Knox Farce and the
Assistant producer Kate Schraeder said about 50 people were
involved in the show.
As well as the old favourites, Glee and Shortland Street will
feature, as will university and Dunedin celebrities.
The show will take its usual route of "ripping to shreds"
current affairs, "with some wit and some crass humour" thrown
Alice in Capping Land runs from tonight to May 22.