As Kiwi as gumboots and pavlova, renowned entertainers Jackie Clarke and Frankie Stevens will take to the stage in Timaru to host South Canterbury’s 12th Christmas on the Bay.
Clarke says she gave up house cleaning when she discovered people would pay to hear her sing and has never looked back, having performed with everyone from the NZSO to Dave Dobbyn.
Stevens, of Scottish and Maori descent, was presented with a Scroll of Honour from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand for his contribution to the New Zealand entertainment industry in October 2015. In 2016, Jackie was named Top Female Artist by the same organisation.
Both entertainers have judged the New Zealand Idol show and both have received New Year honours for services to entertainment. Neither are strangers to Christmas festivities, having been a regular feature of Auckland’s Christmas in the Park.
This year’s Christmas on the Bay’s musical extravaganza will be held at the Caroline Bay Soundshell on Saturday, December 14 from 6pm to 8pm.
Event organiser Di Cleverley said she was overwhelmed by the wonderful support again this year.
“This event has continued to step up each year and we can’t wait to share it with you. Look out for our float in Timaru’s upcoming Santa Parade.”
Other event highlights include an opening number featuring the Nga Pou o Rokohuia Kapa Haka entertainers supported by the InHarmony choir and Jackie and Frankie, a duet from Tim McLeod and Jackie Clarke, a snippet from Elf the musical and so much more.
And there is plenty for the children with Santa in his grotto, a lolly scramble, bouncy castles, face painting, and many food stalls.