Upbeat for Tuesday 14 June 2016
New Zealand opera singer Anna Leese and her husband Stefano Guidi are facing a very difficult time. Stefano has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of motor neurone disease and given two years to live. A Givealittle page has been set up to support the couple and their one month old son.
1.05 The elephant thief
Nisha Madhan and Julia Croft are just two of the cast for Indian Ink's latest original play The Elephant Thief. Inspired by a trip to India, this piece looks into a future where the last elephant on earth is destined to be India's first elephant in space. Nisha and Julia play some of the larger-than-life characters in this unique look at humankind’s effect on this planet.
1.15 The cost of a dream
Being part of a musical is a dream for many performers. But that dream comes with sacrifices. Juliette Sivertsen goes behind the curtain at Evita in Auckland to discover the true - financial, personal, social and professional - cost of being a musical theatre actor in New Zealand.
1.25 The Art of Etiquette – Art Galleries
Can I touch the art work? Is it OK to eat in an art gallery? Why shouldn’t I wear bulky clothes? Upbeat producer Zoë George paints an etiquette picture with Erika McClintock from City Gallery in Wellington.
1.45 Inspiring others
Freelance piano teacher, and choral conductor Mark Stamper is starting his own professional choir, Inspirare in Wellington. He wants to give others the sort of opportunities provided to him to grow as a person and an artist through music.