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Meanwhile, back at the rancho
Viva Mexico -- una experiencia
A great favourite with amateur
societies, this tongue-in-cheek
romantic melodrama involving
bandits, American tourists and
revolutionaries, and featuring a
highly-colourful Aztec ceremony,
will be produced by the Kirwee
Players, directed by Mabel Knight,
with musical direction by Diane
Lyrics are by Phil Park and Latin
American music adapted by Ronald
The score is a feast of world-
famous melodies and dances
including A Media Luz, El Rancho
Grande, La Cucaracha and The
Mexican Hat Dance.
Theatrically very effective, this is a
show that has pace, impact and lots
The cast have worked hard over
the past few months to create a
performance which will mirror past
successes. ''It is now a matter of
putting everything together to bring
a show to our audience that we can
be proud of,'' Mabel Knight said.
Choreographer Amanda Hopkins
and set designer Don Gillanders
have worked their magic, and it all
looks like coming together for an
Viva Mexico opens at the Kirwee
Community Hall with a gala
performance on July 26. The show
runs from July 26 to August 3 with
matinee performances (2pm) on
Sunday, July 28 and Saturday,
August 3. Call into the Darfield
Pharmacy for tickets, or call Heather
Charles on 03 318 8751. There will
be door sales but you would be wise
to get in early.
Mendoza, Mexico's craziest
revolutionary, has heard that a stage
coach due to pass by El Rancho
Grande is carrying a million
American dollars, on its way to
support the tyrannical rule of the
Escorting the fortune is the
pompous Senator K Vanders, of
Washington DC, accompanied by his
charming daughter Lucille.
Since El Rancho Grande is owned
by Mama Inez, whose son, Ramon, is
one of Mexico's promising young
bandits, what is more natural than
for Mendoza to despatch Ramon to
rob the coach?
With the mission accomplished,
Pablo and Pepe, who seldom do
anything right, are left to bring the
stolen luggage back to the rancho.
Lopez, the villainous chief of the
local police, suggests to the
outraged senator that he and his
daughter could best recover from
their alarming experience by resting
a few days at El Rancho Grande.
Lucille, overawed by her
experience, recognises Ramon as
Zorro, the bandit behind the mask.
This considerably disturbs his
fiancee Raquelita and her fiery friend
Lola. Will Lucille betray him or must
an unacceptably high price be paid
for her silence?
Bernardo, the police sergeant
offers no threat, as he is more
concerned in the musicianship of
the police band than anything as
dull as catching outlaws.
But Mama cannot suppress the
creepy premonition she has about
his chief of police, the sinister Lopez.
The story reaches a tense climax
during the colourful Aztec ceremony
held in a ruined temple where
exactly 10 years ago Ramon's father
was shot dead by Lopez.
Will the fate of Ramon be the
same as his father's or will he take
his revenge on Lopez?
Well...buyyour tickets to find
Let natives dwell
in your garden
Natives in the garden -- Saturday August 3 at
Hillyers of Lincoln, 12 Gerald St, Lincoln.
Hear from the experts on how and why to
plant New Zealand natives.
If you are interested in helping your garden
grow in tune with our unique New Zealand
landscape, just pop along and hear from the
experts at this special community event.
Biodiversity Researcher Colin Meurk will
provide an informative talk at 11am followed
byaQ&Asession on what plants to choose
To keep the children entertained there will
be a family-friendly Gumboot Competition.
There will also be great live music from
singer / song writer Shayna King and Rosanne
Burdett throughout the morning, and a
fantastic selection of farm fresh produce,
delicious refreshments and a vast selection of
artisan gift ideas.
A range of locally grown vegetable plants /
herbs and natives will also be available.
Hillyers of Lincoln, 12 Gerald St, Lincoln
Details on facebook.com/lincolnmarket
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