Sam (Matthew Edgar) sings Unchained Melody to Molly (Jasmine Jessen) in Ghost the Musical. Photo: John-Paul Pochin.

Ghost makes NZ stage debut in Nelson

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The musical version of the hit 90s film that featured Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore is making its New Zealand debut in Nelson next week.

Ghost the Musical is being performed by the Nelson Youth Theatre Company from 8 – 13 April at the Theatre Royal.

Director Richard Carruthers says it’s the company’s 200th production, and Ghost seemed to be a fitting choice to mark the milestone.

“We were looking for a suitable challenge for our 200th show and Ghost became available. Everyone knows and loves the movie.”

The supernatural thriller is about Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death.

Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

It features well-known songs, such as With You and the Righteous Brothers’ classic Unchained Melody.

Richard says the production has been “quite challenging” musically and from a staging point of view.

“It’s very beautifully done. There are lots of special effects. Anyone who loves the movie will love the production.”

There are 20 in the cast, with two sets of main leads who will alternate performances.

Richard says it is aimed at a teen/adult audience.

Ghost the Musical is on at the Theatre Royal from 8 – 12 April, tickets are available from TicketDirect or the theatre box office.