The monthly newsletter of Wellington Repertory Theatre Inc. 

Newsletter Vol 91 No. 2                                                   March 2017

 
Message from President
 
Final two weeks of rehearsals, with pack-in to the theatre coming up this weekend. It's looking great and very funny already even without the wobbly set, faulty props & special effects, etc that are part of everything that goes wrong in the play-within-a-play...
 
Hope to see you soon – either at the AGM on Sunday 26 March at the Gryphon Theatre or at opening night of Play On! Wednesday 5 April.
 
Catherine

Wellington Repertory
MEMBERSHIP
 
Now is the time to join Wellington Repertory as a new member or renew your subscription for the year. Members receive Wellington Repertory Theatre’s newsletter, can participate in productions, and get a discount on tickets to shows during the year.
 
Due to increases expenses in putting on a production we are having to increase our membership fees this year.
 
There are a couple of membership options for your consideration:
 
1. Standard membership
  • $35 covers one calendar year for a single active membership
  • $50 covers one calendar year for double active membership
  • $25 covers one calendar year for Students / Unwaged
2. Join the 200 Club.
This is a great option for many members and is a practical and helpful way of supporting Wellington Repertory Theatre. Your donation of $200 will help us continue staging quality productions that contribute to the vibrancy of Wellington as New Zealand’s arts capital. As well as covering your annual membership subscription for the year, this donation of $200 entitles you to:
  • two complimentary tickets for each of the Wellington Repertory productions planned for the year (approximate value, $150 a year, based on three productions per year)
  • acknowledgements in newsletters / programmes etc.
  • notification of special events for 200 Club members.
We would like to acknowledge the support of all the 200 Club members to date. We encourage you to join from the start of the year to take advantage of the member benefits such as discounted ticket prices.
 
If you're interested in joining, the membership form can be downloaded from our website:
http://www.wellingtonrepertory.org.nz/about-us/join-us/
 
Cathy Leonard
Membership Secretary
PLAY ON Update
 
Our first production of the year; Play On! by Rick Abbot is just 2 weeks away from opening night.
 
This hilarious comedy opens on 5th April. It's a fast moving comedy that follows the attempt of a Community Theatre Company to put on a Agatha Christie style mystery called Murder Most Foul.
A talented team of a cast of 10 and crew of 15 have been working hard to ensure we will have an outstanding show to start our 2017 season. The cast have been off scripts for a while now and to quote a line from the play, are busy “polishing their parts”. Play On! is a comedy that will appeal to anyone who has ever been involved in Theatre either as an actor, as part of the backstage crew, or just someone who enjoys a funny play.
 
 
 
 
Annual General Meeting
 
Notice is hereby given that the 91st Annual General Meeting of Wellington Repertory Theatre will be held on Sunday 26 March at 5pm at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street.
 
All members are invited to attend as this is your chance to have a say in the activities of the Theatre and new members for the committee are also welcome
 

 
AUDITIONS! AUDITIONS!

PENINSULA   by Gary Henderson

 
Playing dates 2 – 12 August at Gryphon Theatre
 
Auditions: Sunday 7 May 2 – 5pm
Call-backs : Tuesday 9 May 7-9


Venue: Irish Hall, Fifeshire Avenue (off Cambridge Terrace)

Cast & crew read through Sunday 2-5
 
Rehearsals; Tuesday & Wednesdays 7-9, Sundays 2-5

Pack in Gryphon Sunday 23 July 1pm

Opening Wednesday 2 August 7.30pm
 
The cast comprises five actors doubling as children and adults:
 
Michael Hope (age 10) / Bruce Newman, (his friend’s dad)
 
Jack Hope (Michael’s dad) / Alex Newman, (Michael’s friend)
 
Valerie  Hope ( Michael’s mum) / Lynette Du Pont (Ngaire’s friend)
 
Ngaire Hope (Michael’s sister)/ Sylvia Newman (his friend’s mum)
 
Gordon  MacIntosh (his teacher)  / Pug ( his friend’s dog)
 
The play is set in Duvauchelle on Banks Peninsula in 1963.  It is evocative of a rural NZ upbringing, capturing the magic of childhood and the complexities of adult relationships.
 
For more information and copies of the script, please contact Annabel Hensley, director 021 11 44 157, 939 2300 or email annabel.hensley@clear.net.nz
 
We have two Member profiles this Month: Neil and Ellie Haydon.

Member Profile: Neil Haydon
 
WR: How long have you been involved with Rep/when did you first join?
Answer: In August 2011, about 1 month after I arrived from the UK. I looked up what was happening in local theatre in Wellington and came across Wellington Rep’s website. I called Ross Miller as he was directing the next show and volunteered to help backstage in Wyrd Sisters. Did not quite work out as instead I was cast as ghostly King Verence. As they say, the rest is history.
 
WR: Why did you get involved with Rep?
Answer: Had been involved in several local repertory groups in the UK and was looking to get back into it as I have always enjoyed being involved in theatre.
 
WR: What ‘jobs’ have you done with Rep/what do you specialise in (e.g. acting, directing, lighting etc)?
Answer: In Wellington Rep I have done acting and directing and also helped backstage. In the UK I originally got involved in drama through music – Ellie and I both played instruments and we were asked to be part of the orchestra for a local theatre company’s Christmas production of the Wizard of Oz. The show is still memorable as the actress playing Dorothy was tone deaf. As you can imagine each night’s performance of “Over The Rainbow” was both a challenge to the band and everyone listening in the audience. Even so, I was bitten by the theatre bug and got into acting. Key learning for any director of musicals – make sure the actor can sing before casting them!
Right now I am directing our new production, Play On! By Rick Abbot
WR: Why did you choose this particular area for involvement?
Answer: My day job keeps me very busy so I have ration my time and can’t be involved all the time in shows and productions. I wanted to get back to directing again as it had been over 2 years since I had done Black Adder Goes Forth and so it seemed like it was the right time.
 
WR: What advice do you have for anyone who might be interested in doing a similar role?
Answer: I learned everything I know about directing by watching and observing directors of shows I have been involved either as an actor or in a backstage job. As a director you have to have a clear vision about what you want to achieve and stick with it and also know what you are prepared to compromise on. If I had to summarise the advice it would be (1) build a team where backstage and cast all work together well. Try not to forget, this is amateur theatre – we all doing this for love not money so try and ensure everyone has fun! (2) Prepare as much as you can before you start the production as there is never enough time to do much when it’s started anything other than direct. (3)  Invest time to cast the roles the best you can - it makes it much, much easier in the long run.
WR: What's the best thing about being part of a production?
Answer: Being involved as part of the team and seeing the production evolve out of all the work and effort.
 
WR: What special talents do you have that people would be surprised to know about?
Answer: I play the piano very badly.
WR: What’s your real day job?
Answer: Sales and Marketing of high tech electronic instruments
 
Member Profile: Ellie Haydon
 
WR: How long have you been involved with Rep/when did you first join?
Answer: I joined in 2011, and have been involved with Wellington Rep one way or another since then!
 
WR: Why did you get involved with Rep?
Answer: Neil and I joined when we moved from the UK to NZ in 2011. It was a great way to meet new people
 
WR: What ‘jobs’ have you done with Rep/what do you specialise in (e.g. acting, directing, lighting etc)?
Answer: Mostly backstage, onstage as the nun in Canterbury Tales and as treasurer for three years
 
WR: Why did you choose this particular area for involvement?
Answer: Backstage is a great way of being part of a production without the commitment of 3 rehearsals a week and learning all those lines!
 
WR: What advice do you have for anyone who might be interested in doing a similar role?
Answer: Just volunteer and try it out, you will soon find your niche.
 
WR: What's the best thing about being part of a production?
Answer: Being part of a team that creates something wonderful but ephemeral that is different every night, and that gives back to the community.
 
WR: What special talents do you have that people would be surprised to know about?
Answer: Bee Keeping
 
WR: What’s your real day job?
Answer: Banking
 
Obituary.
It was with great sadness that we advise life member of Khandallah Arts Theatre, Barry Meyers passed away on Tuesday 28 February with his funeral held on Friday 3 March. Barry was known for his calm stage manager demeanour, his ability to find any sound effect no matter how obscure and his numerous work on/walk off parts. Barry’s first production for KAT was as a set constructor for Blithe Spirit in 1991. It didn’t take long before he was elected onto the committee as Treasurer; a role he held until late last year when he was too sick to continue. He became a life member in 2016 as well as being awarded the Meritorious Services Award in 2014 and a Northern Suburbs volunteer award in 2013.
He was a popular and hard-working member of both KAT and Stagecraft Theatre and helped out on many Repertory productions.
Our thoughts go out to Charmaine and Michael and the rest of his family. He will be missed by the Wellington theatre community. Rest in peace Barry.


 
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