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Rockstar support for local production

Rock royalty has chipped in to support the local production of Rock of Ages.

Guitarist for Whitesnake and lead guitarist in Broadway’s Rock of Ages, Joel Hoekstra, gave a hearty shred on his guitar and wished the cast a fantastic show.

“James Packman would like to thank everyone who auditioned for Rock of Ages and is looking forward to putting on the epic ‘80s rock in August of 2022,” said Hoekstra in the video.

“It’s going to be loud, fun and full of rock goodness! Rock on!” Hoekstra said.

“Gosh, sounds great. I gotta make the trip down to check it out.”

Packman first saw the musical Rock of Ages in 2017 in Tauranga, knowing nothing about it except it was packed with some of the best ‘80s rock. Packman was hooked.

“As an ‘80s music fan, I had to see the musical based on that alone. I watched it and fell in love with it.

“It’s so outrageous, loud, and has excellent opportunities for character actors. I wanted to do it as soon as that show finished.”

The cast will start rehearsals in February before the final performance in August.

To watch the video visit the Facebook page Rock of Ages 2022, and keep up with the 2022 Centrestage Theatre Group production.

Joel Hoekstra