It’s glitzy. It’s glamorous. It’s downtown 1920’s New York. Well, somewhere in Kerikeri really!
Bringing some authenticity to the time and feel of the upcoming musical Bugsy Malone at the Turner Centre next month, a young-at-heart Brian Atchison lent his Model T Ford to some of the cast for a photo shoot to help promote the show.
Genevieve is a classic ‘Tin Lizzie’ Model T Ford of the era, sporting two front seats and a ‘mother-in-law’s’ rear seat. Built in 1913 but with a 1918 motor, her previous owner was Peter O’Dell of the now closed Kerikeri Museum.
“I never thought I’d own one,” says Brian. “Dad was building one years ago and I thought I would get it, but with three brothers, it didn’t happen.”
Catch up a few decades and a visit to the car museum with his grandson Chris, who, on arriving home, promptly told ‘Nana’ that “Poppa’s got to have the old car we saw!”
Brian says he bought Genevieve before the Museum closing auction started.
“She did the Parliamentary Run in 2007 – and I believe she was the last car to cross the Stone Store bridge before it was closed for ever,” he says.
The fun-filled Bugsy Malone musical, with its big cast of 55 talented youngsters, is presented by the Kerikeri Theatre Company Youth Theatre at the Turner Centre next month.
Show dates are October 24, 25, 27, 28
Tickets: $28 adults and $15 students available from the Turner Centre Kerikeri.
Media contact: Barbara Kirkman 021 870296