Tickets for big concert being snapped up

Otago's party of the sesquicentennial will be officially unwrapped next week.

A "Big Night In" programme will be presented free with every copy of the Otago Daily Times next Friday.

The 24-page, colour programme includes photo profiles of the 50 national and regional artists, ensemble, OD Glee cast and dancers taking part in the November 12 community concert.

The programme includes welcomes from Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, Allied Press managing director Julian Smith and Dunedin venues chairman Sir John Hansen, the full day performance list and a map of the Forsyth Barr Stadium concert area and facilities.

"The programme can only be found in the ODT and there will be no copies available for pick-up on the night," circulation manager James Smith said yesterday.

More than 20,000 tickets had already been snapped up for the concert, Mr Smith said.

"The north and south stands have virtually sold out. The main areas left are the grass area and the west stand. The grass area is great for families, as the kids can run around. But people need to get their tickets soon, as they're going quickly."

To get tickets, readers should go to the Forsyth Barr Stadium ticket office in Dunedin, or ODT offices in Alexandra, Balclutha, Gore, Mosgiel, Oamaru, Queenstown, Timaru or Wanaka.

Gates open at Forsyth Barr Stadium at 3pm next Saturday, with a pre-concert programme from 4.30pm, hosted by the Bobby Vinson Combo, Matt Langley, Bridget Collins and the Rasa School of Dance.

La Forza and the "Big Night In" ensemble and dancers begin the main show at 7pm, with Feeling Good.

The concert will be compered by Callum Proctor and Patrina Bryant, of Classic Hits breakfast show "Callum and P in the Morning".

Music director Stuart Walker has been co-ordinating rehearsals over the past month with the international, national, regional and local singers and dancers.

However, the current mission was to find a way to transport another of the show's stars - a Steinway grand piano - from the Regent Theatre to the Forsyth Barr Stadium for the concert, he said on Thursday.

The Dunedin City Council community concert commemorates the 150th anniversary of New Zealand's original daily newspaper.

Entry is free, with gold coin donations collected at the gate. The KidsCan child cancer fund will get 50% of money collected, Dunedin Lions service clubs will get 10%, and 40% will go to Big Night In Charities Limited, a not-for-profit company, to help offset the cost of the concert. 

• If you have tickets which you no longer intend to use, please return them to the ODT as soon as possible for redistribution.


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