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March 19th

The show starts at 7:00 pm

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March 20th

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March 21st

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March 20th

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Trek to the Top

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Plot Summary 

Our story begins with an old man, a small girl and a New Zealand five dollar bill. The man is none other than Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, first man on Everest, the girl is his granddaughter and the face on that five dollar bill looks curiously familiar. New Zealanders use the note every day and people across the globe could recognise that face without a second glance, but nobody could have guessed back then that a beekeeper from Tuakau, New Zealand, would be the first man to summit Everest.

Rewind back to where it all began. A young Hillary on the other side of the planet in Nepal, the foot of the Himalayas and the doorway to Everest’s peak. He’s part of the team with a dream, the dream to be the first to summit Everest. There’s our exceptionally clever leader, Colonel Hunt, who’s leading the team with Evans, Bourdillon, Tenzing and Hillary himself to name a few. Of course, there’s no way anyone’s getting a whiff of the summit without a blessing from the native Sherpas to send them on their way. Fierce and tough and wise, the Sherpa folk know the mountain better than anyone else alive, though it’s known as Chomolungma to them. For, whatever you believe, any climber worth their salt would agree it’s utter madness to attempt the treacherous Everest summit without the blessing and support of the Sherpa.

With the ceremony of Puja complete, the first mission is to get all those tonnes of supplies over to base camp. It’s tough going, and there’s nothing like some native yaks to help our team lighten the load. Yaks are nimble, yaks are strong and yaks are… suddenly fainting all over the place. Lucky for us, the Colonel’s thought of everything and a few fainting yaks don’t even come close to jeopardising the mission. There are 362 Sherpa Porters he’s hired and they’re far more strong and weathered then any of the climbers in our crew. The Sherpa Porters are capable of carrying enormous loads on minimal rations and still making it all look as easy as a piece of pie on a Sunday morning. Still, our team members do what they can to try to stand out from the others, and hope to everything good that the Colonel will pick them for the summit pair. They all want a chance at the top after all.

After a long march through all sorts of conditions, our team arrives at base camp. While they’re setting up, the very first snow begins to fall. It’s light, it’s bright and it’s absolutely beautiful, but soon it’s snowing harder and the next moment it’s blown straight into a blizzard. Working together, our team manage to set everything up and escape the blasting blizzard winds in time. Now it’s a race against the clock. The Monsoon weather is around the corner and the team need to acclimatise as quickly as humanly possible. The best way to do this, is regular day trips up the mountainside, building strength and stamina and experience on this deadly peak. But even the most seasoned climbers can slip up and that’s exactly what happens the day Hillary and Tenzing make a trip up to the Icefall. The glaciers there are as deadly as they come, and one tiny lapse in judgement almost costs them Hillary’s life. They return to camp rather sheepish, but remarkably, in one piece.

But our team can’t stay at base camp much longer. Time is getting away from them once again and they need to get further up the mountain to camp four. Alas, not everyone’s built for that sort of altitude, and some of the assistant team members are looking like they’re nowhere near acclimatised for the altitude at camp four. It’s back down the mountain, and straight to a doctor for them. Not long after they’ve departed, the Colonel has an announcement to make. The decision for the very first summit team has been made and Evans and Bourdillon are the lucky two. The others are disappointed of course, but they’ll support them all the way, they’re a team after all. Being chosen for the first attempt is an honour to be sure, but with it comes to fear and doubt. The night before the first attempt, Evans is plagued by nightmares, leaving him fearful, nervous and unsure.

Alas for the pair, the bad dreams come to life, when 300 ft from the top, Evan’s oxygen system fails and they are forced to return down to camp four with heavy hearts. One man’s failure is another opportunity, and the moment Bourdillon and Evans are down, its Hillary and Tenzing’s turn to try for the top. It’s cold, it's tough and it’s cumbersome with all that gear at such high altitude. But they’re the perfect pair, and after months of hard work and freezing cold, they’re standing on the roof of the world. This sort of achievement calls for a song, and in a moving moment, Hillary bursts out into the New Zealand national anthem and together with Tenzing, they have a very special moment atop the peak. They can’t stay long though, for the weather may not last, so they plant their flags, say their prayers and then it’s back down to camp four where the team are waiting with bated breath to find out if the attempt was successful or not.

Back down the mountain, the reporters begin to swarm each wanting the first and best scoop. Hillary doesn’t care for all the fuss and he wants the whole team to share in the fame, but the world doesn't understand such things. For while young Hillary sees it as a team effort, the world sees only Hillary, the man that was first to step foot on the roof of the world. It’s not long before there’s a letter from the queen and soon they’re all at the royal palace celebrating the successful summit with the knighting of Hillary, who has completed the last great colonial project and in a manner of speaking, the last hurrah of the British empire. The first summit of Everest…