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Rasta Thomas' Rock the Ballet at Bruce Mason Centre, June 12th-17th

Direct from New York and following sell-out seasons in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna and Frankfurt comes Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet starring the Bad Boys of Dance – or more precisely, the sensational talents of six Bad Boys and one Pretty Girl!
Set against a backdrop of video projected scenery, the show is exciting, fun, fleshy, raunchy, powerful and brilliantly entertaining. Founder, director and principal dancer Rasta Thomas describes Rock the Ballet as “a new type of ballet for the 21st century and we are calling it Pop-Ballet”. The Rock the Ballet Company includes the talents of New York Fringe Festival dancer Michael Keefe, Robbie Nicholson from Broadway’s Music Man, award-winning choreographer and director Adrienne Canterna-Thomas and So You Think You Can Dance US finalists Karla Garcia, Jakob Karr, Kameron Bink and Kevin Mylrea.
“Rasta Thomas has enormous talent and undeniable charisma... Excellent dancers...Crowd pleasing.’’ – The New York Times.
“The Bad Boys of Dance strive to free ballet from its prissy aura. The Bad Boys of dance... are proclaiming loud and clear that
ballet is sexy, spectacular, and yes, very masculine” – The New Yorker.
“Absolutely dazzling dancing” – Boston Globe.
“The music is great, the dance gives it fresh meaning, amazing skill and passion. They are insanely good dancers.” – Sunday Herald Sun.
Don’t miss this limited season at Bruce Mason Centre, June 12th-17th.
Book your tickets today for the best seats in the house.  You will want to get up close and be rocked by these Bad Boys!
TICKETS: Adult Evening Performances, from $85; Children, from $70.
Adult Matinee Performances, from $75, Children, from $60.
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Michael Jackson History
Saturday 2 June, 8pm

This musical biography will take fans right back to the Jackson 5 era before continuing on a thrilling journey to the current decade.
Hit after hit tells the story of one of the greatest pop icons the world has ever known. In all, HIStory features over twenty songs performed live by World Number 1 Impersonator Kenny Wizz. HIStory returns after a sold-out 2011 New Zealand tour. True to Michael Jackson ‘HIStory II” has reinvented itself with a brand new production set to raise the bar once more. HIStory is the recreation of what fans want but can never again see – a Michael Jackson concert experience.
TICKETS: Adult: $74.00 / Child (under 12 years): $29.00

Last Night of The Proms 2012
Saturday 9th June, 7.30pm & Sunday 10th June, 2.30pm

An Extravaganza not to be missed. Orchestral music, sing-a-longs, streamers, balloons, laughter and a celebration of "The Best of British". Including works by: Land of Hope and Glory, Vaughan Williams, Rule Britannia and music by Elgar, Jerusalem, Andrew Lloyd Webber and much more. Hurry Get your tickets early as this is always a sellout event!
Tickets: Adults $62.50; Seniors / Students $52.50; Groups 10+ adults $57.50 + booking fees apply.

Around the World and Buck Again
Friday 22nd June – 10am and 11.30am

Meet Buck – champion dog trialist returning home from a successful world tour. Stuck in quarantine with British bulldog Horatio, French poodle Fifi and the mysterious Dolores Del Mar from Mexico they swap stories of grand English manors, stylish Parisian quarters and Buck's love of the kiwi farm. But Dolores has a secret New Zealand Customs mustn't find out. Will the overbearing Horatio spoil her plans? Will Fifi stop reminiscing about French cuisine long enough to notice? Buck smells a rat! But will he act on it? Joyful and witty, this comic canine caper with oodles of international intrigue from one of our best-selling authors, Jenny Pattrick. Ideal for 2-7 year olds; Duration: 45 minutes.
TICKETS: $12.00 + booking fee


Opera Series 3rd Event
Sunday July 1st – 2.30pm

The Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists first public appearance for the 2012.
Be among the first to hear the Company's newly-appointed Emerging Artists for 2012 in this, their first public Auckland concert, following national auditions in May. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with our potential opera stars of
the future.
TICKETS: Adults $ 20.00 / Child U18 $14.00 / Senior $ 17.00 + booking fee
The TelstraClear season of
Roger Hall’s A Short Cut To Happiness
Thursday July 5th, Friday 6th, Saturday 7th June – 8pm

A joyous new comedy from New Zealands best-loved playwright. Ned's life is just tickety-boo. Sure, he's adjusting to retirement and life on his own, but he’s very comfortable with his lot, thank you very much. All that changes with his offer to sort out the financial woes of Natasha, an attractive Russian immigrant. A new world of possibilities opens up for Ned as he sees these strange creatures called Kiwis through foreign eyes.
Adult A res: $67.00, B res: $62.00 / Senior 65+: A Res: $ 62.00, B Res: $57.00 / Concession: A Res: $42.00, B Res: $42.00

The Gingerbread Man
School Holiday Show for the Kids
9th-14th July, 10am and 12pm daily

Phineas Phrog celebrates it’s tenth birthday at the Bruce Mason Centre with a sparkling new show featuring their favourite performers as you have never seen them before! Come Dressed as your favourite character from The Gingerbread man and be in to win fantastic spot prizes every day!
Tickets: $15 plus booking fees / Adults at Kids Prices.

The Gingerbread Man 11am Morning Tea followed by 12pm Show (9th-14th July)
For just $26 kids can join the Gingerbread Man and friends for morning tea and play some games in the fully themed play room. Kids will get a goodie bag and then will attend the 12pm show. Bookings essential. Parents welcome at no extra cost as long as they have purchased a ticket to the show.

by Bruce Mason