Hot to be staged tonight
The Southland Times
June 15, 2001
(Canada) _ The City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band
tonight (NZ time) stage its international debut of Pipin
' Hot in Canada.
The band arrived in Victoria on Vancouver Island, a 90-minute
ferry trip from Vancouver, three days ago. The island
is about the size of Otago and Southland and similar in
climate to Invercargill.
Pipe Major David Pickett said after three days' relaxing
in Los Angeles the group was ready to perform.
Yesterday Pipin ' Hot was highlighted on the front page
of the Victoria
Times-Colonist newspaper, pointing to a full-page entertainment
feature inside. The newspaper has a circulation of 100,000.
Some band members were involved in a half-hour radio interview.
The publicity appears to be paying off as the box office
reported strong ticket sales for the show.
Set designer Peter Thwaites and his team of volunteers
have worked into the night for four days creating the
sailing ship stage scene.
"The lead-up to this show has been really busy. We've
had the odd problem with hired equipment that the backing
band is unfamiliar with," Mr Pickett said.
Today will be even busier as the set has to be brought
in and full
rehearsals done. The cast will meet Victoria's Bon Accord
dancers, who will perform in the show.
"In between, we've been rehearsing the tunes we have
to play at the
Bandfest this weekend and fine-tuning our marching display,"
Mr Pickett said.