The show must go on ...

 George MacGill plays a rat that can cook in the Otago university students’ 2020 capping show...
George MacGill plays a rat that can cook in the Otago university students’ 2020 capping show Flatatouille, which opens tonight. Fellow actors in the production are (from left) Nevada Ross, Tess Goldsmith, Charlie Robinson, Martha Teleiai and David Tuitama, PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
This year’s Otago university students’ capping show was postponed three times and the actors had to keep their distance during rehearsals, but not even Covid-19 can halt a 126-year tradition.

Flatatouille opens tonight at the University of Otago College of Education Auditorium and finishes on October 1.

"We didn’t stop for two wars. We weren’t going to let it stop for Covid," producer Liv Payne said.

Auditions happened in March and most of the writing was done before the autumn lockdown. Covid has been peppered in since.

The revue includes absurdist and political sketches from a team of eight writers. A live band, a sextet and a "sexytet" provide music.

Executive producer Shannon van Rooijen, also Otago University Students’ Association events co-ordinator, said not many scenes involved direct contact and the actors were comfortable rehearsing at a distance from each other.

Some things were "cut out for a while" under Covid-19 Alert Level 2 but the group was delighted it could perform in front of audiences at Level 1.

Nobody expected at the auditions that the show would end up running in September.

"We’re ready to put on an amazing show," Miss Payne said.

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