We can discuss in this thread Hayley's Concert at Wellington - Michael Fowler Centre on 18 November 2011. This is part of the Hayley's NZ Paradiso tour, as published by Stuff.co.nz and several other major NZ media sites today.
I will start with a bit of Lord Of The Rings (for Jillian and other fans lol). After leaving the beautiful Lake Taupo I had to go through Mordor (Desert Rd) and past the intimidating Mt Doom (really Mt Ngauruhoe). Luckily it was cloudy so that all seeing eye didn't see me although it was awfully windy.
Safely in Wellington I met my sister and we had dinner in a cafe opposite the theatre. Our seats were six rows from the stage but in the centre next to an aisle. Robert was behind us. Same songs as all of the other concerts. At the interval we met David, couldn't miss his tartan tie. As with Auckland it was strictly no photography but an announcer later changed this to no flash. So I got some good photos which I will post tomorrow. Hayley also announced that proceeds from these concerts will go to the earthquake fund but she also pleaded with us to support UNICEF in raising funds for the famine in Africa.
Thank you Ross for that lovely update while waiting for the ferry. The connection with The Lord of the Rings was real cool. Also 3 encores but no standing ovation. Hayley has of course the most experience and audience reactions do vary quite considerably but when you attend several concerts you know that less animated responses are not necessarily indicative of a less enthralled audience. Any way Hayley tweeted an enthusiastic 'thank you' to them.
In my very small way in semi-pro theatre, over a three or four week run of a play, you experience quite a range of audience 'types'. You can feel their mood on stage. When you attend several Hayley concerts in a sequence this is also apparent. Different concerts have different 'feels' and particularly with a concert it is very difficult to define why. In a play you can sense if they are a particularly dozy lot when they miss the jokes or pick up on subtleties, frequently seeing humour in different places. With Hayley, quiet or pro-active, when you mingle with them coming and going and in the bar you always sense they are a happy lot.