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Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. History of musical theatre in Palmerston North. In 1900, the Palmerston North Amateur Dramatic Society was formed. Over its nearly 125 year history it has been known by several names including Act Three Productions, Abbey Musical Theatre and the Palmerston North Operatic Society. Many popular productions have been staged over the years at the Lyceum Theatre, the Palmerston North Opera House, Abbey Musical Theatre, the Regent on Broadway and Wallace Development Company Theatre.

The Covid pandemic caused disruptions, cancellations and major financial losses for the society. However, with 200 dedicated members and a return to staging major productions, popular musical theatre is set to continue in the city.

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May 11, 2024
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