Ali Harper

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Airways Safety Conference, Christchurch: June 2022 (MC)

Jamie Gray, Head of Public Affairs & Communications, 28th June

 

A Little Night Music 2022 (THEATRE)

Performances at The Great Hall, Christchurch Arts Centre, ChCh (Jun 2022)

Ruth Agnew, Theatreview, 11th June 2022

Jordon Jones, Backstage, Christchurch, 11th June 2022

Claudia Jardine, Flat City Field Notes, Christchurch, 11th June 2022

 

A Natural Woman 2022 (CABARET)

Performances at Circa, Wellington (Jan-Feb 2022)

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The Look of Love 2020-2021 (CABARET)

Performances in Nelson (March 2020), Christchurch (December 2020) and Wellington(January 2021)

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Mid-Winter Xmas fuction : July 2020 (CABARET)

Anna Moorhead, Activities co-odinator, Lady Wigram Retirement Village, Christchurch

Murray Taylor, Resident, Lady Wigram Retirement Village, Christchurch

  

The Look of Love : March 2020 (CABARET)

Gail Tressider, Theatreview, Nelson, 15th March 2020

 

NZCFI Conference : Sep 2019 (MC)

Owen Goodwin, Executive Director, The New Zealand Credit & Finance Institute,11th - 12th Sep 2019

 

Emerging Tech in Health Conference: May 2019 (MC)

Kim Mundell, CEO, Health Informatics New Zealand, 21st - 22nd May 2019

 

Legendary Divas: February 2019 (CABARET)

Gail Tressider, Theatreview, 17th February 2019

Pip Harker, Theatreview, 7th February 2019

 

Songs for Nobodies: May - October 2018 (THEATRE)

Donasia Sykes, New York Reviewer, 12th October 2018

Kate Timms-Dean, Theatreview, 25th September 2018

Liz Wylie, Wanganui Chronicle, 6th September 2018

Emma Rzepecky, Massive Magazine, 16th July 2018

Sharon Pardoe, The Dominion Post, 9th July 2018

John Smythe, Theatreview, 8th July 2018

Viv Milsolm, Theatreview, 24th May 2018

Alana Dixon-Calder, Theatreview, 20th May 2018

 

A Doris Day Special: September - October 2017 (THEATRE)

Ralph McAlister, Kapiti Independent News, 18th September 2017

Jo Hodgson, Theatreview, 18th September 2017

Madelaine Empson, Regional News Reviewer, 18th September 2017

Peter Mechen, Middle C reviewer, 16th September 2017

Ewen Coleman, Dominion Post, 18th September 2017

 

Songs for Nobodies: August 2017 (THEATRE)

Richard Mays, Manawatu Standard, 21st August 2017

You have my word, NZ blog, 21st August 2017

Adam Dodd, Theatreview, 20th August 2017
 
  • Songs for Nobodies is a show that nobody should miss.  It’s a full-bodied, almost spiritual experience.
  • A stunningly expressive command of characterisation and song. 
  • Undeniably touching, humorous, witty and deeply thoughtful. 
  • Songs for Nobodies is an exquisite evening out. Experience it while you can.

 

Songs for Nobodies: June - July 2017 (THEATRE)

Margaret Agnew, Christchurch What's Up Theatre Reviewer, 18th June 2017

Grant Hindin Miller, Theatreview, 18th June 2017 

Tony Ryan, The Press, 19th June 2017 

 

A DORIS DAY SPECIAL - T Train Tour: May 2017 (THEATRE)

Lexie Matheson, Auckland Theatre Critic, 14th May 2017 

The Plug, at BayCourt Community and Arts Centre, 7th May 2017 

Robert Gilbert, Theatreview, 5th May 2017

  

LEGALLY BLONDE, CHRISTCHURCH: Dec 2016 - Jan 2017 (THEATRE)

Margaret Agnew, What's Up Theatre Reviewer, 27th November 2016 

Naomi van den Broek, Theatreview, 27th November 2016 

 

A DORIS DAY SPECIAL, RANGIORA: October 2016 (THEATRE)

Kurt Ganzl, kurtofgerolstein.blogspot.com, 15th October 2016 

 

LEGENDARY DIVAS, CIRCA THEATRE, WELLINGTON: July 2016 (CABARET)

MaryAnne Cathro, Theatreview, 28th July 2016 

Ewen Coleman, Dominion Post, 28th July 2016

David Farrar, KiwiBlog, 29th July 2016 

Courtenay Rose Brown, Artmurmurs NZ Blog, 28th July 2016

Madelaine Empson, Regional News Reviewer, 28th July 2016

Wellington Reviews, 28th July 2016

 

A DORIS DAY SPECIAL, PALMERSTON NORTH: July 2016 (THEATRE)

Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard, 11th July 2016

John C Ross, Theatreview, 11th July 2016 

 

A CABARET DINNER PERFORMANCE, CHRISTCHURCH: June 2016 (CABARET)

Jemma Appleton, Activities Supervisor, AlpineView Retirement Village, 22nd June 2016 

  

A DORIS DAY SPECIAL, NEW PLYMOUTH: May 2016 (THEATRE)

Holly Shanahan, Theatreview, 22nd May 2016 

 

A DORIS DAY SPECIAL, INVERCARGILL: May 2016 (THEATRE)

Jane Milne, Theatreview, 12th May 2016 

 

A DORIS DAY SPECIAL, CHRISTCHURCH: April 2016 (THEATRE)

Lindsay Clarke, Theatreview, 25th April 2016 

Dearna Doglione, Broadwayworld.com, 22nd April 2016 

 

NAUGHTY AND NICE, TAURANGA: March 2016 (CONCERT)

Liam Ryan, National Jazz Festival, Tauranga, 26th March 2016 

 

LEGENDARY DIVAS, HAMILTON: November 2015 (CABARET)

Ngaire Riley, Theatreview, 6th November 2015 

 

HOME AND FAMILY CHARITY FUNDRAISER: October 2015 (MC)

Phillip Duval, Chairman of the Board: 29th October 2015

 

LEGENDARY DIVAS, HAMILTON: 2015 (CABARET)

Steve Scott, Hamilton News, 23rd October 2015 

Gail Pittaway, Theatreview, 17th October 2015 

 

LEGENDARY DIVAS, CHRISTCHURCH: 2015 (CABARET)

Alan Sharr, Rotary Christchurch, May 2015

Moyra Whiting, Ashburton, 29th March 2015

Lindsay Clark, Theatreview, 1st March 2015

 

AN EVENING WITH ALI HARPER: 2014 (CABARET)

Moyra Whiting, Ashburton, 25th September 2014

 

OKLAHOMA: 2014 (THEATRE)

Maraea Rakuraku, Theatreview, 29th August 2014

 

BLOOD BROTHERS: 2014 (THEATRE)

Barry Southam, The Star: 11th July 2014There is a fine rendition of the two mothers, especially by Ali Harper as the solo mother in a low socio-economic envoronment in Liverpool, who displayed her usual stunning voice in the songs.

Charlie Gates, Christchurch Press: 1st July 2014

Cityscape: 30th June 2014

The cast is excellent across the impressive boards (the set is exceptional), with Harper and Matt Pike’s Narrator – the ever-present, black-clad harbinger stalking the cast from the shadows – scorching the stage with blistering performances.

We Built this City, blog: 28th June 2014

Ali Harper is magnificent as Mrs Johnston.  Its hard to say anything more than that, but in my vast experience of viewing YouTube clips of the show since attending suggests you would be hard pressed to find a better Mrs Johnston on any stage, anywhere.  While her required age range is less challenging a progression than starting at age seven, she has to tackle the even tougher task of portraying a loss of hope, youth, dancing and a child, keeping the audience transfixed, start to finish. 

 

STEVE and BONNIE'S WEDDING: 2014 (MC & CABARET)

Bonnie McKay, Blushing bride17th June 2014

 

AN EVENING WITH ALI HARPER: 2014 (CABARET)

Doug Kamo, Director DKCM Ltd12th May 2014

 

SINGAPORE AIRLINES CABARET: 2014 (MC & CABARET)

Kate Mayo, South Island Sales Manager11th February 2014

 

BOMBSHELLS, NZ TOUR, 2013 (THEATRE)

Jo Mills, New Plymouth reporter at 4th Wall Theatre, 19th December 2013

Gina Gilbreath, The Star, 25th October 2013

Robert Gilbert, Director of Theatre Arts at Rangi-Ruru Girls School, 22nd October 2013

David Stevens, Theatreview, 16th October 2013

Adey Ramsel, Theatreview, 12th October 2013

Karen Beaumont, Theatreview, 06th October 2013

Roger Childs, Kapiti reviewer, 03rd October 2013

 

20th ANNUAL CANTERBURY HENRY FORD MEMORIAL RALLY (New Zealand), 2013 (Cabaret)

Lorranine & Trevor Stanley-Joblin, Rally Organisers, 29th September 2013

 

SKAL INTERNATIONAL, NZ CONGRESS DINNER, 2013 (MC)

Leighton Cameron, President Skal International Christchurch, 06th August 2013

 

DOWN UNDER DIVA: NEW YORK, 2013 (Cabaret)

Alex Rybeck: 29th June 2013

 

Christine Lavin, award winning New York singer-songwriter: 29th June 2013

 

CANTERBURY CYSTIC FIBROSIS FUNDRAISER: 2013 (MC)

Norm Withers M.N.Z.M, retired Deputy Major of Christchurch: 24th May 2013

 

NAUGHTY AND NICE: The Court Theatre 2013 (Concert)

The Star by Jo-Anne Fuller: 19th May 2013 

 

CHRISTMAS FUNCTION FOR SKAL: 2012 (Cabaret)

Peter Morrison, President, SKAL International New Zealand: 14th December 2012

OPENING OF NZ COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES (NZCOM): 2012 (Cabaret)

Karen Guilliland NZCOM CEO: 14th December 2012 

 

ALI HARPER IN CONCERT - Wellington: 2012 (Concert)

Roger Childs Kapiti Independent News: 25th September 2012

  

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM: 2012 (Theatre)

The Listener by Faith Oxenbridge: 27th February 2012 

 

A SHORTCUT TO HAPPINESS: 2011 - 2012 (Theatre)

The Listener by Faith Oxenbridge: 05th January 2012 

 

Lighthouse Showcase Charity Concert (Cabaret)

Organiser Helen Lord: 5th October 2011

 

Australian High Commission concert: 2011 (Cabaret)

Paul O’Sullivan AO : Australian High Commissioner: February 2011

 

EROS: 2010 (Theatre)

Theatreview by Lindsay Clark: 28th August 2010

 

ON THE ROCKS: 2010 (Theatre)

Theatreview by Lindsay Clark: 20th June 2010

 

‘I LOVE YOU YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE!’ 2009 (Theatre)

Theatreview by Lindsay Clark: 14th June 2009

 

BOMBSHELLS 2008 TOUR: North Island (Theatre)

Theatre News by John Smythe: 24th July 2008 

Dominion Post by Ewen Coleman: 30th July 2008

Capital Times by Lynn Freeman: 6th August 2008 

 

BOMBSHELLS 2007 TOUR: North & South Island (Theatre)

Marlborough Express: 2 March 2007

The Nelson Mail: 7 March, 2007

Greymouth Star: 12 March 2007

 

JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS: Circa Theatre (Theatre)

John Smythe, NBR

John Bristed, Capital Times

 

Maria von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC: The Court Theatre, Christchurch (Theatre)

Christchurch Press by Timothy Jones: December 2003 

Christchurch Star by Barry Grant: December 2003

Christchurch Press: 2002

 

SOUTH PACIFIC: The Court Theatre, Christchurch (Theatre)

Christchurch Star: 10th December 2002

The Listener

 

SONG AND DANCE: Wellington State Opera (Theatre)

National Business Review: 21st June 2002

Dominion: 14th June 2002

 

MY FAIR LADY: The Court Theatre, Christchurch (Theatre)

The Listener: 22nd December 2001

Christchurch Star: 16th December 2001

Christchurch Star: Editorial December 2001 

  

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY: Court II, Christchurch (Theatre)

Christchurch Press: 19th April 1999

Christchurch Star: 19th April 1999

Theatre News: May 1999 

 

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY: Circa Theatre, Wellington (Theatre)

Evening Post: 5th October 1998

Dominion: 7 October 1998

Capital Times: 12th October 1998

 

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