The Southland Times
July 22, 1999
' HOT 3 cast the kilt far and wide to produce a show to
appeal to everyone, but you can't please all of the people
all of the time.
The City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe band was spectacular,
showing the form that has won it three New Zealand championships.
Playing everything from Last of the Mohicans to The Atholl
Highlanders they were superb if a little static due to
the restrictions of playing on the Civic Theatre stage.
I had the feeling they would have liked to break out into
a march at times.
Singers Jason Schmidt and Shannon Cooper-Garland reminded
us of how lucky we are to keep talent of their calibre
in Southland. I did wonder though, just how well they
blended with the pipe band.
Loch Lomond was wonderful with the backing of the Southland
Choir Ensemble and piper Lance Patterson and Pipe Sergeant
Warren Haggerty, but the combination with the pipes didn't
come off quite so well in St Elmo's Fire or The Final
Modern dancers from the Scandrett Dance Troupe and the
Caberfeidh Dancers were excellent.
The two combined together wonderfully well in Cross Culture
Caberfeidh Dancers showed a flash of Riverdance in The
Clearances where they challenged the pipe band drum corps,
dressed as English soldiers.
The encore, some precision drumming by Steve Wederell
and Matt Ward, was a fitting finale to a show in which
everything was well done, if it did not always sit comfortably