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Cause for celebration … Cast members are jubilant at the move to alert level 1. PHOTO: DALE HARTLEY-BROWN

Some of the cast of the Hartley School of Performing Arts’ production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe let out a jubilant “whoop” at news the region is moving to alert level 1, allowing the much-anticipated show to go on stage.

The 200-strong cast and the backstage crew moved into the Rangiora Town Hall on Saturday, in anticipation of the government’s Covid-19 level 1 announcement on Monday afternoon.

The whole-school production marks the school’s 25th anniversary.

It will be performed in six shows, with daily shows at 2pm from Wednesday, September 30, to Saturday, October 3, and two evening shows from 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday.

Tickets are on sale at townhallcinemas.co.nz or by calling into the Rangiora Town Hall.