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Shannon Cooper-Garland
Simon Green

After being the Conductor for the sell-out season of the Invercargill Musical Theatre Company’s production of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Shannon returns to Pipin’ Hot eager to get back on the stage and do what she does best.

Her first show since 2002 with Pipin’ Hot, has been both exciting and fun to be a part of again.

Still performing for a living, Shannon travels around the country with fellow musician Jason Schmidt on a regular basis.Since returning from Auckland, Shannon has been bust with countless entertainment engagements, shows with the Invercargill Musical Theatre Company, The Tribute to Burt Bacharach Concert with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, opening the concert for Boney M, being part of the pre-match entertainment for the home Sting games and generally getting back into the buzzing Invercargill scene.

Shannon is proud to be a part of this year’s 10th Anniversary show, and looks forward to getting back on the stage and once again joining the ranks of the Pipin’ Hot team.

Probably best known to Invercargill audiences for his performances with the Invercargill Musical Theatre Company, Simon has been performing around Otago and Southland for a number of years now.

Since making his Invercargill debut in 2000 with Musical Theatre’s Westend to Broadway II, Simon has returned for performances in Les Miserables in 2001, with Pipin’ Hot for their 2002 concert, for Southland TV’s 2002 Renaissance concert, the 2003 Southland Sports awards and he Emcee’d the 2004 concert to celebrate the closing of the Civic Theatre for renovations.

More recently, Simon performed last year for the Southland Primary School’s Music Festival which he thoroughly enjoyed and is secretly hoping to one day be invited back.

Simon has also toured New Zealand with two major musical productions – Blood Brothers in 2001 and Evita in 2004.  In 2005, Simon starred in the Queenstown production of “Ladies Night” which saw a departure from singing into comedy-theatre and also saw his debut as a male stripper – crikey!  And he also starred as Anatoly in Showbiz Queenstown’s production of “Chess”.

As a vocalist, Simon has performed at a range of major events including singing for over 200,000 people at the SKYCITY Starlight Symphony in Auckland.  He has performed at three Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park concerts in Christchurch, he sung for the Prime Minister at the 2003 Knowledge Wave Forum and is a regular performer at the Lindauer Queenstown Winter Festival and various Queenstown conference events.

Simon is now moving out of musical theatre with the launch of his male show band HITMEN and is definitely looking forward to rocking things up at this year’s 10th anniversary of Pipin’ Hot.

“The opportunity to perform with Pipin’ Hot back in 2002 remains one of my career highlights and I can’t wait to be a part of the group once again.  Being half Scottish, I get goose bumps every time I hear the pipes so being able to perform with them is a very special experience for me.  Bring it on!”

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