From Shortland St to school show


Before he finished filming on television show Shortland Street, Robbie Evison already had his next role lined up – in his school’s play.

St Peter's student Robbie Evison in his Shortland St role.
St Peter’s student Robbie Evison in his Shortland St role.

The teen is a boarder at St Peter’s School, near Cambridge, but spent 18 months playing the intelligent yet awkward Toby Reynolds in the Kiwi medical drama.

Now he’s landed two roles in the school’s production of The Wedding Singer, being staged May 1 – 7 and promising to be all big hair, ballads, romance and laughs.

Tamahere Forum has tickets to give away to The Wedding Singer. Details below.

Evison’s Kiwi soap character was jailed for murder and written out of the show last September, which meant Evison headed back to school. His new, stage roles are a homeless man and a priest.

The David Sidwell-directed production tells the story of talented wedding vocalist Robbie Hart (played by Solomon Crook) who is left at the altar on his own wedding day.

Convinced by his friends to go back to work, Robbie befriends Julia Sullivan (played by Ruby Clark), a waitress, who works at one of the reception halls where he sings, and who is about to marry Glenn (Jack Quin) who is a bit of a cheating skunk.

As Robbie helps Julia plan for her wedding, they begin to fall for each other, and Robbie realizes that if either of them are ever going to be happy, he’s going to have to pull off one heck of a show.

During his year-and-a-half of television acting Evison sometimes ended up shooting scenes without any rehearsal. That’s not the case for The Wedding Singer, he says.

The cast will be so well rehearsed by the time the curtain goes up on opening night they will collectively explode in an energetic, highly entertaining night of musical comedy, he says.

The show is on from Friday, May 1 to 7. Performances are at 7.30pm on May 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 2pm on May 3.

Tickets for the show

Tamahere Forum has five double passes to The Wedding Singer to give away for the Friday, May 1 performance. They will be given away on a first in basis. The first five Tamahere residents to email the Tamahere Forum moderator Pip Stevenson will win the tickets. The tickets will go only to Tamahere residents so please include your street address in your email.

Prices for tickets are Adults $30, Senior $20, Student/child $18. To book tickets to the show email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.