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When you join MTNZ you will be a part of an organization dedicated to quality, live theatre as a contributing player in New Zealand's communities.


News & Views...

MTNZ NextGen Representative Announcement - Gwen Lyon - from March 2015...

As you are all aware, our current NextGen Representative Daniel Pepperell's two year tenure will conclude in March 2015 at the AGM in Christchurch.

Last October we asked for nominations for this position and a large number of candidates were nominated by our society members which is most encouraging as it is a great testament that our Youth Initiative is gaining momentum which is fantastic news for our theatre communities looking into the future.

The calibre of the applicants was also very high which made our job difficult and I would like to thank those societies and candidates for taking the time to apply and work through the nomination process.

There were a panel of three Executive members including Daniel Pepperell our current NextGen Representative who made the final recommendation to the MTNZ Executive with a unanimous decision - Gwen Lyon nominated by Hamilton Operatic Society.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the entire membership, especially the MTNZ Executive, to thank Daniel Pepperell for his huge contribution. Dan came into the role which was newly created after a "think tank" session in Napier in 2012 with Gary Gumbleton, who has also contributed much to our Youth Initiative, with great drive and vision and we thank Dan for his work and "leading the charge" with our NextGenners and society members - so Dan, thank you so much.

Gwen will be coming to conference in Christchurch, and is looking forward to meeting many of you then.

Kind regards
Lesley Carthew
President - MTNZ

Click here to download a pdf copy of this information.

Christchurch Pops Choir seeks new Artistic Director

The Christchurch Pops Choir is seeking a new Artistic Director to start in July 2015. This is a great opportunity for a dynamic, musical leader to assume the role at an exciting time in the Choir’s history.

Inaugural Artistic Director Luke Di Somma has announced his resignation so he can pursue new opportunities, effective mid 2015.  Luke started the choir in June 2011, and the choir's management team say his leadership and direction has been instrumental in establishing the Pops sound, diverse repertoire and team culture.

"While the Christchurch Pops Choir is sad to see Luke leave, we wholeheartedly support him in this decision," Pops chair Anne-Marie Cotton says.

Di Somma says that "forming and leading the Pops Choir has been one of the most rewarding things I have done. While I am enormously sad to leave, the choir is in great voice and heart and is ready for a new Artistic Director to take them forward."

The Christchurch Pops Choir is well established as an important part of Christchurch’s musical entertainment landscape, performing at everything from Coca Cola Christmas in the Park to Champion Canterbury Awards, Sport Canterbury Awards, the arrivals areas at Christchurch Airport, and Christmas carols in rest homes.

For more information and a job description please email Administrator Sue Bealing at Applications close 28 February 2015.

December 2014 Spotlight

Last Spotlight for 2014 – next edition in February 2015.

In This Month's Spotlight...

  • Christmas Greetings from our corporates
  • Thank you to our conference partners and helpers
  • Presidential Greetings from Lesley Carthew
  • Conference 2015 - info and updates - register now
  • MTNZ NextGen Update - looking for our NextGen Rep
  • News from around the zones and NextGen - what happened to Merryn’s Christmas tree...
  • Spotlight on Kerikeri Theatre Company
  • Noticeboard - directors required, consortium opportunity, congratulations to...
  • BOUNCE NZ - Sound 101 Workshop announced for Napier in March 2015
  • Updates from ETNZ
  • Light Site LED Pixel Drape for hire
  • Into the Heights - a new show from Origin Theatrical
  • Spotlight on David Spicer Productions
  • Festival of Song - NZ Singing School
  • CCMT Emerging Talent School Information
  • Operatunity presents...
  • MTNZ Calendar for 2015

Click here to download the December Spotlight.

November Spotlight

Most Importantly This Month:


Has your society completed its production survey return? Contact Kate at the office if you have misplaced your password and instruction email - we need your participation - thank you.

Conference 2015 - registrations now open...  All conference information is available here:

Earlybird registration fee of $245 ends 31 December - accommodation filling fast so don't delay.

In This Month's Spotlight...

  • Surveys - we want you!!!  Please participate
  • Presidential Greetings from Lesley Carthew
  • Conference 2015 - info and updates - register now
  • MTNZ NextGen Update - looking for our NextGen Rep
  • How you can stay connected with MTNZ on social media
  • Introducing our new Health & Safety Advisor - Steve Lloyd
  • News from around the Zones
  • Saturday Night Fever - mini consortium opportunity
  • iTICKET Update
  • Updates from ETNZ
  • Operatunity Presents...
  • Into the Heights - a new show from Origin Theatrical
  • Goldmynd - DANZ

Click here to download the November Spotlight.

Conference 2015 Update

Registrations are now open for the Musical Theatre NZ 55th AGM, Conference and Volunteer Training Weekend All conference information is now available on our website

October Spotlight

Most Importantly This Month:

Conference 2015 - registrations will open 7 October...  All conference information will be available from our website from Tuesday...

During the week starting 13 October ETNZ will be launching the consultation period for the new 'Technical Training' qualifications that are being developed for the Entertainment Industry.  Meetings will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and will be an opportunity for anyone that is interested to come along and find out about how this training initiative will affect them, the industry and MTNZ members.

Feedback is welcomed both on the night, and for the two weeks following the meeting.  See the ETNZ Website ( and Facebook pages for more information and updates.

  • Auckland : Monday 13 October - Goodman Fielder Room - Level 4 Aotea Centre
  • Wellington : Wednesday 15 October - Skills Active premises - 9 Sages Lane
  • Christchurch : Thursday 16 October - Court Theatre
In This Month's Spotlight...
  • Presidential greetings from Lesley Carthew
  • BOUNCE NZ 101 Sound Workshop this weekend
  • Conference 2015 - info and updates
  • News from around the zones
  • Latest news from iTICKET
  • Hamilton Operatic costume hire
  • Technical Training Qualifications - ETNZ
  • Light Site - soft LED pixel drape for hire
  • NZ Playwrite Devon Williamson making it big in the US
  • Special offer from Dominie Drama and Piers Chater Robinson
  • OneMusic Licencing Update
  • Evita auditions Napier
  • Goldmynd - DANZ

Click here to download a pdf version of this month's Spotlight.

OneMusic Licencing

Due to the lack response from the MTNZ Society membership to the OneMusic survey that Ngaire Holmes our Zone Two Rep asked you to participate in earlier this year, unfortunately OneMusic did not receive enough information to enable them to create a bespoke licence for the Musical Theatre NZ membership, so OneMusic have made a decision to not licence theatre spaces for the public performance of background music.

Any music (that is in APRA's and/or PPNZ's repertoire) requires permission prior to the use commencing, the background music that is used pre show, at intermission and post show in a theatre space requires a background music licence. As the OneMusic relicensing project has shown the inclusion of these spaces has seen a tremendous increase in licence fees. This was never their intention. For MTNZ members they will only licence the foyer space, if there is a bar then an OneMusic Hospitality Licence is required, if no bar then an OneMusic Retail and General Licence is required. Both are linked here:

The differentiating between Hospitality and Retail/General is not ideal and OneMusic know that our members will most likely think ‘Hospitality’ should only reflect a bar open every night and not applicable to them then Greer is happy to accept a Retail & General Licence instead.

With regard to your current invoices please phone Greer Davies on 0800 800 663 or email Greer will work through whether you need to amend the licence agreement and invoice or whether a new licence agreement needs to be completed.

I cannot stress enough how important it is for our membership to participate in future surveys. Our first production survey will be on line from next week (Kate will be sending out information about this early next week). We need you to help us, to enable us to help you.

If you are require any clarification or wish to discuss this further, please contact Greer at OneMusic 0800 800 663 or fax 09 623 2174 or

BOUNCE Sound 101 Workshop



10.30am - 5pm - Saturday, 4 October 2014

Hosted by Nelson Musical Theatre

An interactive and hands-on workshop presented by Glen Ruske and the BOUNCE Team for those interested in sound for theatre. The workshop will cover everything from what is a mic to how to tune your show sound system. This is the first of a number of workshops to be scheduled around NZ.  Hosted by Nelson Musical Theatre at their rooms 95 Atawhai Drive, The Wood, Nelson.

$30 for MTNZ Members/$40 for non-members/$10 MTNZ member youth rate (ages 18 - 30)

You can register now by contacting Kate at the MTNZ office Registration information is available here: bounce-sound-101-registration.pdf.

If you have questions or require clarification on anything - contact Karen at BOUNCE

September Spotlight

Most Importantly This Month:

Combined North Island and South Island Meetings - Taupo - 12 - 13 September and Timaru 19 - 20 September - event pages on Facebook - agendas and information are included in this month's Spotlight.

In This Month's Spotlight...
  • Presidential greetings from Lesley Carthew
  • Combined North and South Island Meetings this month- agendas page 31
  • The Christchurch Training Weekend - it's a wrap
  • Conference 2015 Update and Info
  • News from around the zones
  • Jersey Girls???????  Performing Arts Taumarunui
  • Porirua Little Theatre into the finals
  • Last Dance the new musical from April Phillips - expressions of interest
  • NASDA Auditions and NZ Singing School Info
  • Technology Updates from our corporates and ETNZ
  • Check out the Munich State Opera House with Graeme Philip
  • Agendas for the two combined meetings

August Spotlight

Most Importantly This Month...
  • Final Roadshow this weekend in Wellington and the Christchurch Workshop Weekend - 30 - 31 August
Other Events...
  • Sunday 10 August - 11am 3pm - Wellington - Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School, Newtown, Wellington
  • Registrations close 22 August for our Training Weekend in Christchurch 30 - 31 August - Directing, Musical Directing, Stage and Production Management. Click here for more information.
  • Combined North Island and South Island Meetings - Taupo - 12 - 13 September and Timaru 19 - 20 September - event pages on Facebook.
  • Train the Trainers Project - 23 August. Click here for more information.
Also In This Month's Spotlight...
  • Presidential greetings from Lesley Carthew
  • Two free registrations for the Christchurch workshops - youth initiative
  • The Christchurch Training Weekend Info- registrations close 22 August
  • MTNZ General Manager Announcement
  • Into the Future - final workshop Wellington 10 August
  • Combined North and South Island Meetings - September - agendas P 46 - 50
  • Around the Zones and Noticeboard - Evita and Saturday Night Fever
  • Last Dance the new musical from April Phillips - expressions of interest
  • NASDA Auditions and NZ Singing School Info
  • New Wireless Comms System from the Light Site
  • Theatrelight Offer
  • Latest news from the copyright holders
  • Train the Trainers -the junior theatre project 23 August in Auckland
  • Photos from around the Workshops and MTNZ Future Roadshow

Download the August Spotlight here.