REPERTORY RAMBLINGS

When Michelle Cliff wants men on stage, she gets them; 10 of them!

A shortage of male actors is a common problem in amateur theatre but not much stops Michelle in her quest to put on a great show and Hang on a Minute Mate is going to be a great yarn. Anthony McCarten has written a script based on Barry Crump’s tale of two kiwi blokes; Sam and Jack who you can’t help but like, as they travel down country in search of work - whatever work they can con someone into giving them. Sam is played by Glenn Ward and Jack by Jack Brawn, both regular actors on the stage at Litt Park Theatre. To join them we welcome back Braydon Cresswell, Bernard Holmes, Ian Crowe and David Reid while new to our stage but not to acting is Brendon Smith and John Pryde and acting for the first time; Dwayne Fergusson and Gordon Cliff.

Of course, behind every good bloke there’s a great woman. To prove this is Bridget Maher, Ethney Barnaby, Tahlia Singleton and Stacey Wylie.

The show runs from September 17 – 28 (note 17th & 18th now sold out). The season includes two Saturday matinees with all tickets available on line from www.eventspronto/tprs or from GiftRapt Te Puke.

August 2019
April 2019

Litt Park Theatre will once again be a hive of activity these school holidays when eager young thespians spend the day creating drama ready to perform to family and friends at the end of the session. Led by Di Leach the children will explore a variety of skills and techniques building confidence in moving and speaking in front of others to communicate their ideas.

This holiday two Stars on Stage sessions are planned to cope with demand. Wednesday 17 April is for 6-9 year olds and Wednesday 24th is for 10-13 year olds; both 10-3pm.

To enrol your star contact Di Leach 0274789066 or email tepukerep01@gmail.com

Adults; if you have always wanted to be in a play and ‘give acting a go’ but have not had time to commit to the usual rehearsal period or have been put off by the thought of having to learn lines; the Rehearsed Play Reading Programme is for you. After just five rehearsals and with the script in your hand you will perform to an invited audience (family and friends) and we are sure you will be keen to continue your involvement. The first session will be held 7pm 15 May. For more information or to register your interest please contact Colin Cooper ph 5735949 or email tepukerep01@gmail.com

In the planning stages is ‘GETTING THROUGH CUSTOMS’ a celebration of our community and its mix of cultures. Music, dance and stories will intertwine to showcase a spectacular event. The performance season is 10-13 July with full rehearsals in June.  

We would like to hear from any group which would like to be involved or would like to know more.  Contact tepukerep@gmail.com or Colleen Pye on 0275 779949

February 2019

Te Puke Repertory Society held its AGM last month and is anticipating a great year starting with a PECHA KUCHA evening Wednesday 13th March 7:30 pm.

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which the speaker has exactly 20 slides to speak about, with exactly 20 seconds allocated for each slide. This year our presenters are:

Angie Belcher – Finding the words,

Carol Powers – Yarn Bombing

Chloe Wickman – "Volunteer life at the Rio2016 Paralympic Games"

Christine Clements – DNA testing for dummies

Deborah Holmes – WOW (Women on Wheels)

Di Leach – True sense of Awesome

Hayley-Grace Davis – Equestrian

Liam Hagan – Vaughan Town

 

 

Once again this promises to be an informative, entertaining evening; a feast for the eyes, ears and mind. Tickets are $20 available from GIFT RAPT Te Puke and online at www.EVENTS PRONTO.

 

With increased demand for the STARS ON STAGE holiday drama programme two days will be offered for the April holidays. Children between 6 – 9 years April 17 and 10 -14 years April 24 10am – 3pm.

To avoid your Star missing out follow us on Facebook and/or register for our newsletter on our website.

Liam Wright - Chasing Millet - 

Megan Cowan – A life by design

Rebecca Larsen – Finding the Creative Me

Scott Rushbrooke – Life as normal

Shirley Sparks – Te Puna Quarry Gardens

Stephen Fawcett – Capturing the beauty

November 2018

The inaugural CULTURAL DRAMA FESTIVAL is in its planning stages for June. Te Puke is a multicultural town and to celebrate our diversity and unity we invite all cultures to be part of our Cultural Drama Festival.  Choose your favourite folktale that reflects your culture and present it on stage at Te Puke Rep's Litt Park Theatre.  We would love to hear from any group which would like to be involved or would like to know more.

A Barry Crump story will be the highlight for the end of year production with Michelle Cliff calling for interest in the New Zealand comedy ‘HANG ON A MINUTE MATE’. Auditions will be held in June with the performance season September.

For many years now the Society has included a Charity Fundraising night in its performance season by which an organisation sells tickets to the second performance; ensuring the theatre is full and a profit is made for the organisation. To be considered for our Charity Nights this year please contact us.

For more information on or to register interest in any of the above please email tepukerep01@gmail.com  or phone Di 075738346  mob: 0274789066

Te Puke Repertory’s end of year production is “Try This for Size Or Moustaches, Muffs & Minstrels” a melodrama by Jon Gadsby and David McPhail. Anyone familiar with their work will know it will contain humour, political satire and the odd raunchy line. After a successful audition the following are now rehearsing under the direction of Di Leach.  

Narrator & violinist: Liz Church

Mum the poor widow: Brenda Cooke

Charlotte the daughter: Tahlia Singleton

Sir Jasper the Villain: Glenn Ward

Rodger the Minstrel: Jack Brawn

Middleton the valuer: Alan Chapman

Julie the land agent: Stacey Wylie

Jenny the land agent: Maggie Marriner

Mrs Shuttlecock the client: Pam Chapman

Nellie the neighbour: Norma Carney

October 2018

Te Puke Repertory’s end of year production is “Try This for Size Or Moustaches, Muffs & Minstrels” a melodrama by Jon Gadsby and David McPhail. Anyone familiar with their work will know it will contain humour, political satire and the odd raunchy line. After a successful audition the following are now rehearsing under the direction of Di Leach.  

Narrator & violinist: Liz Church

Mum the poor widow: Brenda Cooke

Charlotte the daughter: Tahlia Singleton

Sir Jasper the Villain: Glenn Ward

Rodger the Minstrel: Jack Brawn

Middleton the valuer: Alan Chapman

Julie the land agent: Stacey Wylie

Jenny the land agent: Maggie Marriner

Mrs Shuttlecock the client: Pam Chapman

Nellie the neighbour: Norma Carney

Watch this space for updates as the season November 20 - December 1 approaches.

August 2018

As part of the inaugural NZ Theatre Month in September Te Puke Repertory will hold auditions for the melodrama written by the famous NZ comedy duo McPhail and Gadsby.

“Try This for Size” is a bawdy Victorian Melodrama with a cast of six: the poor widow and her beautiful daughter who live in a rat-infested hovel, their landlord the wicked Sir Jasper Dreadful - who wants both the rent and the daughter’s hand in marriage, Rodger the Minstrel – most people pay Rodger to go away rather than sing, the Land Valuer and the Client (male or female). As with all traditional melodramas there are songs to be song, therefore a chorus and a pianist is also required.

This promises to be a fabulous, fun show to be involved in either as one of the actors, singers, pianist or one of the production team.

During the audition those interested in an acting part will have the opportunity to read some of the script before going on stage with others. It will be a relaxed, non-threatening session.

Please consider joining us, experienced or never been on stage before everyone will be made very welcome.

The performance season will be between 20 Nov – 1 Dec

Auditions will be held at Litt Park Theatre 2pm Sunday 2nd September.

For more information contact Di Leach 075738346 Mob: 0274789066 or email tepukerep01@gmail.com

July 2018

Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching the final rehearsal of Moonlight to write this review for Sam and his production team.

Entering the auditorium in a haze of dry ice with spacey music playing there is a hint of something different to what is normally on the programme at Litt Park Theatre.

On the back wall the projected image of the moon is striking; as is dance after dance by this group of teenagers who have choreographed and rehearsed for three months to present their contemporary dance to our community.

Apart from loving the performances the thing I felt the strongest was pride in and respect of these young people; aged from 13 – 16 years.   Every aspect of the production from the very beginning has been their responsibility. Applying for funding, publicity, costumes, lighting, sound and of course choreography and rehearsal schedules.

I doubt if these teens have had time to play on their phones for quite a while.

Special mention must go to Sam Tomaszyk the choreographer and Ciaran McGettingan Production Manager. Congratulations you are amazing!

If you still need more reason to press the BUY NOW button any profits made are to be donated to Vector Group, the organisation that is helping youth in Te Puke in a huge number of ways.

Show dates:       July 22nd & 23rd 7pm, 24th 5pm, 28th & 29th 2pm

August 1st & 3rd 7pm, 4th & 5th 2pm

Tickets:               Adult $16, student $14, child (under 13yrs) $12

June 2018

Te Puke Repertory Society recently celebrated its 65th year with members and friends of Litt Park Theatre. No doubt the foundation members would be delighted to know the society is still going strong producing an average of two quality productions a year. Over the 65 years many hundreds of people have taken part on stage, back stage and in front of stage and many more in the audience have experienced the magic of live theatre. To ensure the younger generation also has this opportunity another Stars on Stage holiday programme for 7-12 year olds is planned for Wednesday 11th July from 10-3pm. To register email Di Leach tepukerep01@gmail.com  or text 0274789066 

Currently in rehearsal at Litt Pak is “Moonlight” an independent dance production by The Charitable Stage Co and in September auditions will be held for “Aunt Daisy” to be directed by Michelle Cliff; so watch this space for more Te Puke Rep news and opportunities.

April 2018

On the red-carpet at the gala opening of the Simply Short Play festival is L-R first time actor on Litt Park stage Richard Jones, first time director Ann Jones and Michael Jones whose play ‘Fantasea’ was one of the eight festival plays.

After the sell-out success of Te Puke Repertory’s inaugural Simply Short Play Festival it will certainly be a highlight of the theatre programme in the future. For the gala opening the red carpet was rolled out, photos were taken (thanks to the Vector Group paparazzi) bubbly and hor d'oeuvres were served and the full house applauded all who took part; especially the first-time playwrights, actors and directors.

If you have ever thought you would like to try acting on stage perhaps an adult version of the very popular Stars On Stage programme would be a great way to start. Last week the holiday session was packed with 22 children having fun gaining confidence and developing acting techniques. To register your interest on such a course please email Di Leach via tepukerep01@gmail.com

Theatre maintenance is now high on the agenda as is the next Pecha Kucha event planned for July as well as preparation for “Aunt Daisy” the major production for the end of year.

To keep the seats warm the Charitable Stage Co will be in rehearsal for their dance show and Twinkling Bat Films will be using the theatre as the setting for their next movie.

March 2018

The excitement is building at Litt Park Theatre as directors and 28 actors rehearse the eight plays selected for the Simply Short Play Festival.

With selectors not knowing who wrote the plays it was with complete surprise that of the eight selected “Hybrid Vigour” was written by President Colleen Pye and “The Resolution” by her brother Chris Peters. Life Member Michael Jones’ script “Fantasea” was selected as was “In an Emergency” by Helen Cooper; daughter of Life Member Colin Cooper. From Katikati Diane Logan successfully submitted “Devious Devices” and well-known local author Angie Belcher was another winner with “Paper Back Writer”.

Via the world wide web two established American playwrights successfully submitted scripts; “Next Year Cancun” by Arthur M Jolly and “Talking Points” by Steven Hayet.

With the premier opening on March 22 nothing short of Red Carpet treatment would do for the playwrights able to attend; so buy your tickets on line via EVENT PRONTO and join us as we honour the new and experienced playwrights, directors and actors making the inaugural Simply Short Play Festival something very special to start Te Puke Repertory’s 65th year.

Brenda Cooke and David Reid rehearsing Angie Belcher's play "Paper Back Writer" with director Norma Carney.  David is a first time actor and Norma first time Director.   

February 2018

TE PUKE THEATRE FESTIVAL NOT TO BE MISSED

Te Puke Repertory's Black Tie Premier for their SIMPLY SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL March 22 will begin the three night season celebrating original works.

New and experienced writers were invited to submit a 10 minute play for this inaugural event. From the fifteen received eight were selected and are being produced by Te Puke Repertory.

With a wide range of topics, several new actors and directors this festival ticks all the boxes and is not to be missed.

We hope you will join us for this first production in our 65th year of community theatre. With booking now on line through Events Pronto it will be easier for our Papamoa patrons to purchase tickets.   

Michael Jones (left) and Colin Cooper, both life members, discussing the scripts received for the Simply Short Play Festival.  

2017 Overview

Our first year producing Repertory Ramblings and a big thank you to Di Leach who consistently deliveries a wonderful update each month.  The Rep certainly has been busy throughout the year.  Here are a few of the hightlights

  • April - Stars on Stage program and rehearsing for Murder at the Prop Table

  • May  - Junior groups visit the theatre experiencing its magic.  Rehearsals for Murder at the Prop Table in full swing

  • June - Murder at the Prop Table opens - a farce that delivered humour and pace.

  • July - Pecha Kucha evening a huge success with a varied line up of talented people.  Stars on Stage Holiday program well attended.

  • Aug/Sept - Te Puke Rep was awarded 2017 Regional Runner Up in Arts & Culture section by Trust Power Community Awards.  On a sadder note we fare-welled both Gael Hodgson and Maureen Oliver - both dedicated supporters of the theatre. Gael was a long standing Committee member and Maureen our Patron.

  • October - Rehearsal well underway for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Te Puke Trick or Treat evening was well received

  • November - Snow White opens to full houses.  Everyone loves a Panto.

  • December - Float parade and Christmas party enjoyed by all.

We look forward to another action packed 2018.

December 2017

Te Puke Repertory is looking forward to a fabulous year in 2018 as the Society will be celebrating its 65th year. The first production on the calendar will be the inaugural Simply Short Play Festival for which new or experienced writers are invited to submit a 10 minute play which will be produced by the society for the festival 22, 23, 24th March. Details are on our website and our FaceBook page.

Valentines Day will see all local theatre lovers attending our AGM at which we will elect the committee and vote on amendments to the constitution. We welcome all existing and new members to attend so please mark your calendars for 14 February 7pm.

 

Thank you to everyone who supported Te Puke Repertory either on stage, back stage or in front of the stage this year. We pride ourself on producing quality theatre for the community but can not do this without people on the organising committee, the production team and of course in the audience.

Recently at our Christmas party Santa made an early visit to Litt Park Theatre spoiling the large group of members with a homemade or Op Shop gift, proving it's not the money but the thought that counts. All the very best to each of you for a happy and safe holiday season as we look forward to our 65th year of community theatre in Te Puke.

November 2017

The magic of theatre is alive and well in Te Puke after the successful season of Te Puke Repertory’s Snow White pantomime. Looking at faces in the audience and listening to the reaction of adults and children is what theatre is all about. Of course magic on stage doesn’t happen without a great deal of work off stage for example the amazing backdrop images by Zane Holloway combined with music and sound cues via the data projector was the result of hours and hours of work by Michelle Cliff. Set, costumes, props, sound, lights and special effects all require creative, enthusiastic people to be part of the team and of course the team needs to be managed; thanks to Colleen Pye; Snow White Production Manager and Stage Manager. If your creative enthusiasm needs an outlet find us via Face Book or our website.

A pantomime often attracts people to our theatre who have never been before, either as audience or as part of the production crew and Snow White was no exception.  17 of the 36 people involved were new to our group; that’s magic!

Thanks to Te Puke Mitre 10’s generous donation of a children’s table used for the dwarfs’ set; raffled during the show,

we raised $570 for Te Puke’s Vector Group to assist in their move to the RSA building. Community theatre and

community spirit... more magic!

Maureen Oliver

We also share with many others in the sad loss of Maureen Oliver.

Along with many other groups, Maureen was a long lasting and vital member of Te Puke Repertory. Through the years she supported many productions backstage with wardrobe, publicity or hosting duties. Her most remembered stage performance was as the belly dancer, Delight, in the pantomime Ali Baba, directed by Colin Cooper. Unfortunately she missed a few performances with a serious heart complaint but, like a true trouper, she returned for the final night.  Maureen, or Mo, as she was known, first joined the theatre fifty years ago. She was a committee member, treasurer and President. In recent years she has been our active, and supportive Patron. Many of our members recall the amusing poems that she presented to the cast on opening night. A poem was her way of wishing them luck.

So, in her style, we say in return-

For those words of wisdom and encouragement

Thank you, Mo, for all you’ve done

You will always be remembered

With a smile from everyone.

October 2017

With only two weeks before show time the cast and crew of Snow White is in full rehearsal mode with costumes, props and set looking fabulous.
The children involved are looking delightful as the castle children then when next on stage are the cutest woodland creatures then the dwarfs who rescue Snow White from the woodsmen, who have been ordered by the wicked Queen to kill her.
In traditional pantomime style the audience will be encouraged to boo the baddies, cheer the heroes and to call out warnings when a bear appears in the woods.
To ensure you are able to enjoy the fun book your seat at Te Puke Paper Plus now.
 

August - September 2017

At the recent Trust power Community Awards Te Puke Repertory was named the 2017 Regional Runner up in the Art and Culture Category

There were so many Te Puke groups represented at the awards; it reminded us what a fabulous community we have. It was humbling to hear the stories and admire the hours of work put in by volunteers to achieve their group’s aim.

Te Puke certainly shone with the Gym Club taking out the Supreme Award.

Without volunteers groups, clubs, teams, events would not be possible. At Te Puke Repertory every aspect is voluntary; those on committee, on stage, off stage are all working to provide quality entertainment for the community.

It is with sadness that our group has recently farewelled one such person. A quiet, tireless, generous member of our society; Gael Hodgson.

As a committee member, cast member or part of the back stage crew Gael wanted to do whatever she could to help the group be the best it could be.

July 2017

Pecha Kucha, Japanese for chit chat, is a dynamic presentation method developed by two Tokyo-based architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, as a way to maximize the exchange of ideas while keeping the audience’s attention. Given less than seven minutes, each presentation consists of 20 PowerPoint slides to which the presenter speaks on each slide for 20 seconds.

This style of presentation was first introduced to our community several years ago by Creative Te Puke. After the purchase of a data projector it was decided to include Pecha Kucha evenings in the society’s calendar of events.

The first was organised last year by Juliette Brawn as a fundraiser for Mum’s Bums on Bikes; a Child Cancer fundraising group. The second was last week; another sell out success with ticket sale monies going to Empowerment NZ. To quote two audience members:

“The amazing things folks do, cope with, overcome, create, enjoy is riveting stuff and the rules keep it so compact and interesting.” Lynne Avery

“It was certainly thought provoking. I really enjoyed people being passionate about what they do whether a chosen or circumstances path. A great mix of topics.” Deborah Holmes.

Presenters were:

Judy Abrahams Empowerment NZ

Nikki Whitehead Whitewater Rafting World Championships

Grant Dally Issues & options from the Council Table

Millie Newitt My Art journey

Margot McCool   The Acorn Foundation  

Melissa Holst & Emma Jamieson CACTUS  

Mataora Hotoke Traditional Maori Medicine

POLYPHONIX

Monique Lints What it takes to be me

Issac  Gunson The survivour story is wrong

Lisa Stowel Travel to teach in Abu Dhabi

Sarah Coates A life less ordinary

David Goldthorpe An Eye On Locations

Leo Murray From being part of the problem to being part of the solution

Debbie Fish Journey of an installation artist

 

Perhaps you could be a presenter next year… watch this space.

June 2017

Repertory Rambles 

Laughter is the best medicine whether laughing at a situation or the characters trying to cope in a situation or  the fact that it reminds oneself in a similar situation.  Those who attended a performance of ‘Murder at the Prop Table’ at Litt Park Theatre would have found the situations the characters were in as farcical; so imagine the rehearsals! Sometimes the rehearsal period is what actors enjoy the most. Yes it does reach the point where the nerves set in wondering if the lines will ever come, if you will make the entrance on cue, if the phone will ring on cue, if you will make the quick change in time, if the props will be in place... why do it then? For the pure joy and the adrenaline rush when everything does go right!

In most theatres now there is no prompt for the actual performance. When new comers join a production and are told the prompt’s role will finish two weeks prior to opening night the look of terror says it all. Gone are the days of trying to hear the whisper from the wings – the audience could always hear the prompt more that the actors anyway. By opening night fellow actors should be able to help out and the audience none the wiser. Trust in your team is vital and after a couple of months working together bringing a script to life everyone has been through a range of emotions and experiences. Being in a play is a commitment but worth every minute every rehearsal.

Two more groups of budding stage stars have the opportunity to experience a little of this excitement and magic of theatre with another Stars on Stage July holiday programme.

For 6-10 year olds Wednesday 12 July is their day and 10-13 year olds are invited to attend Wednesday 19 July. To enrol contact Di Leach dandbleach@gmail.com or 0274789066

May 2017

After the successful Stars on Stage holiday program the next group to perform on stage was even younger when The Thursday Playcentre group had a morning at Litt Park Theatre. After exploring back stage, the wings and the costume wardrobe they donned hats gloves skirts or vests ties and hats,  made grand entrances and explored acting out various emotions. 

The magic of theatre was alive and well as the tiny tots acted out Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs then bowing to rapturous applause.

The excitement of being behind curtains, having an audience, being in costume and pretending to be someone else is the same for a three year old as it is for a 33 and a 63 year old.

Of course not everyone yearns to be on stage but in fact a production often has more people involved behind the scenes than in the scene.

Without the people designing, creating, building, painting, operating, sewing, promoting, managing there would be no show.

Te Puke Repertory Society is a small club which welcomes with open arms, friendship and respect anyone who would like to be a part of the society contributing in what ever way they feel comfortable.

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April 2017

It is not uncommon for visitors to Litt Park Theatre to comment on the intimacy and character of the building. Te Puke Repertory’s theatre building was originally the classroom for Te Puke high school students on the grounds of Te Puke Primary School. Once the High School was built directly opposite on Cameron Road the high school classroom was no longer required and was given to the Te Puke Repertory Society on a long term lease.

In its 65th year the society is still going strong and continues to bring quality theatre to the local community.

This year will be no exception. The first production; Ed Bassett’s “Murder at the Prop Table” directed by Jim Kavanagh will run from June 9-24

This fast paced comedy (farce) about a play within a play will not only entertain but give insight to the creative, stressful, fabulous backstage world of theatre.

On stage will be: Bernard Holmes, Brenda Cooke, Colleen Pye, Jim Kavanagh, Ian Crowe and Norma Carney.

Backstage roles which include: costuming set building and painting, publicity, stage hands and the very important ‘cuppa tea person’ have yet to be filled. If you want a new hobby, a creative outlet and /or want to make new friends we would be delighted to hear from you.

 

Once again Rep is offering a local organisation the opportunity to fundraise by selling tickets for the allocated Charity Night of the next production (Saturday June 10).

 

During the April school holidays on April 26th a ‘Stars on Stage’ programme will give 8-13 year olds the opportunity to explore the theatre and theatrical elements with Colleen Pye, Di Leach, Michelle Cliff and Michael Jones. The group will work towards their own version of a well know story with a chance to star on stage at the end of the day.

 

After last year’s very successful Pecha Kucha evening it has been decided to make this an annual event with this year’s planned for Wednesday 26 July.

The Pecha Kucha format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced with 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total).

 Last year was not only extremely entertaining but also very informative. Keep this in mind to be a presenter or an audience member. More details will be published in a later column.

 

 To finish the year the pantomime ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ will provide family entertainment on and off stage.

 

To register interest or for more information on any of the above aspects of theatre at Litt Park please contact Di Leach 5768346 or 0274789066 or email dandbleach@gmail.com 

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