hands on deck for band
The Southland Times
June 09, 2001
will be all hands on deck when the City of Invercargill
Caledonian Pipe Band's Pipin ' Hot makes its debut in
Canada next week.
The cast of 27 and eight supporters left this morning,
arriving in Victoria on Wednesday (NZ time) after a brief
stay in Los Angeles.
The show will be performed two days later.
Set designer and crew leader Peter Thwaites said everyone
including those supporters who had paid their own way,
would be put to work on the day of the show.
"They think they're going to have a holiday _ they're
everyone was happy to pitch in.
The crew will get access to the theatre at 9am. Every
spare pair of hands will be needed to erect the set, lighting
plans and sound, familiarise the cast with the theatre,
perform a full dress rehearsal before the show that night.
As soon as the show is finished the whole set will have
to be packed up again before anyone can go to bed.
Time also had to be set aside for a Canadian dance troupe
to rehearse with the band, Mr Thwaites said.
It was impossible to transport the sailing ship set designed
seven-show season in Invercargill last month so a new,
sleeker model is needed.
Mr Thwaites, with the help of volunteers, has recreated
the set, replacing wooden planks with 64m of calico that
has been cut, sewn, hemmed and painted. Folded up it can
easily fit into a suitcase.
Dance Southland has also helped out by allowing use of
its rooms for the set construction.
On arrival in Victoria, lightweight framing would be built
and the fabric
stretched on to it.
Already, about 20 hours' labour has gone into the project.
Another 24 hours by at least five people would be needed
in Canada in the precious few days before the show began
next Friday, Mr Thwaites said.
In the lead-up to the show the band will also perform
promotional events. It will take part in a four-day international
Bandfest immediately after Pipin ' Hot.
On June 19, the group moves on to Halifax on Canada's
east coast for the Nova Scotia International Tattoo where
it will perform to about 10,000 people for 10 consecutive