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ON STAGE


Playhouse Theatre by Sheryl Watson


What is great about a ‘live’ theatre performance? If you don’t know, you haven’t been to one! Give the family a treat these school holidays. Book your seats for Jack


and the Giant a children’s musical being performed at Playhouse from October 13 – 21. A lot of work has been going on “behind the scenes” in preparation for this show. Our wardrobe ladies have been very busy preparing the numerous costumes needed for the sixty-five children in the double cast. A dancing cow, a giant pink chicken, tap dancing trolls and scarecrows have all been part of the creative challenge. Our set builders and


Two Jacks and a princess: Carla Diprose, Amelia Jackson and Lygia Verhovan


painters have been putting in many hours helping to provide part of the magic


in the theatre workshop. Director, Christine Davern has a passion for introducing youngsters to the world of theatre where they can gain a lot of self-confidence and learn invaluable life skills. What’s the show all about? Gogmagog, the giant (played by Nicholas Leigh/Jordan Sanford), is making life pretty miserable for Jack (Carlin Diprose/Lygia Verhoven), his mother (Grace Queenin/ Alexandra Kozik)


and the entire kingdom. Poor Jack is forced to sell his beloved, dancing (and very clever) cow, Miss Priss (Shannon Spray/Abby Smith) for magic beans. What happens next? Think back to your childhood! Morning, afternoon and evening performances are available during


the season. Bookings at iticket. Would you like to know more about what goes on behind the arched


entrance of Playhouse? You are invited to the Playhouse Theatre Open Day from 10am, October 8. Tour of the theatre, watch a rehearsal of the children’s show, talk to personnel in front of house, the lighting box, costume department or in the back shed where sets are built. There will be a garage sale and a sausage sizzle (weather permitting) to help raise funds for the theatre and a sale of excess costumes and fabrics. If you like what you see and want to get involved, you may want to join our resident theatre group, Playhouse Theatre Incorporated. The InterACT Disability Stage Challenge is at Playhouse on October


28 and 29 at 7.30pm. There will be performances by Touch Compass, Interacting, The Litterati, Phoenix Belly Dancing, aerobatics from Sarah Houbolt, music from Andrew McMillan and much more. MC will be Mike Loder, a feature comedian, commentator and recipient of the Billy T. Award. For more information go to www.interacting.org.nz Playhouse Theatre Incorporated is bringing Are You Being Served


back to life in a stage version in March/April next year. I am looking forward to directing this production and finding the characters needed. A large cast will be required and plenty of assistance is needed in all the production departments. If you feel you could make a convincing Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Mr Humphries auditions will be held in November. If you would like to be involved either on stage or in the production team for this show, please contact me at the theatre. An oompah band will be featured in the production and if your group would like to join in, I would love to hear from you. If politically incorrect, silly nonsense is your thing, then this is the show for you! Sheryl is the manager of Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Rd, Glen Eden; phone 818 5751; www.playhousetheatre.co.nz.


presents…


My Three Angels


by Samuel & Bella Spewack Directed by Brian O’Connor 22 November – 3 December


Xmas Eve at the turn of the century and three paroled convicts from the penal colony decide to help out an innocent family perched on the brink of ruin. Totally unscrupulous in their methods, the resulting mayhem is great fun and a perfect way to kick off Xmas 2011


For further details see our website: www.titirangitheatre.co.nz


THANKS TO: Glover Real Estate,


Titirangi Pharmacy, Hardware Cafe, Coopers Creek, Fairy Flower Shop


16 TITIRANGI TATLER OCTOBER 2011


Titirangi Theatre by Christine Nash


Looking forward, looking back is our theme, as we leave a hugely successful season of The Women which enjoyed capacity audiences. Now in rehearsal for November is My three Angels, an unusual comedy set at Christmas time. To next year, and it’s always a mission to choose a theatre programme. Not only do we like to please our audiences and appeal to all ages, but we also want to present stimulating challenges for actors and directors. Titirangi Theatre has just announced its 2012 season and we’re sure it will meet all of the criteria above although the inclusion of some plays is subject to rights confirmation. In March, everybody’s favourite, a play by Roger Hall. In June: Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: September brings Some Girls by leading current American playwright Neil La Bute and in November and December, The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. This has been running in London since 1952 and rights have been released for a limited time only. Further into December there will be a lively show especially for children. We think you’ll agree that there’s something for everyone to


look forward to – a comedy at the end of this year, and an exciting programme set for 2012. Get to know your local live theatre for quality entertainment in a unique and intimate setting.


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