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BOUNCE Sound 101 Workshop

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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 kate@mtnz.co.nz. Registration information is available here: bounce-sound-101-registration.pdf.

If you have questions or require clarification on anything - contact Karen at BOUNCE karen.ruske@gmail.com.


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.


July Spotlight

In This Month's Spotlight:

  • Presidential greetings from Lesley Carthew
  • MTNZ - Into the Future Roadshow Zone Two and Three
  • The August Christchurch Training Weekend Info- registrations open now
  • Combined North and South Island Meetings - agendas pages 45 - 49
  • News from around the Zones
  • 55th Annual Conference Christchurch - accommodation bookings open
  • Stagecraft Conference - NIDA, Sydney
  • Last Dance the new musical from April Phillips - expressions of interest
  • Operatunity Modern Musicals tour - with some familiar faces in the line up
  • NASDA Auditions - applications close 15 September
  • New Wireless Comms System from the Light Site
  • Kenderdine and Philips Selecon Roadshow - last few days
  • Latest news from the copyright holders
  • Addams Family a hit in Wellington
  • Train the Trainers - the junior theatre project 23 August in Auckland

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Agenda for Combined Zone Meeting

Please click here for the the Agenda for the Combined North Island Meeting in Taupo,

Please make every effort to support Taupo for this weekend,

Remember accommodation is your own responsibility,

Bring the young people with you the presentation by Ruth and Kelly will be of great interest to them.

Contact your Zone Rep if you have any questions or require any further information


A Christmas Carol

Book & Lyrics by Chris Blackwood

Music by Piers Chater Robinson

A traditional, vibrant, atmospheric new two-act musical based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens.

From the creator of Peter Pan the Musical, this joyous, new show by Piers Chater Robinson has been brilliantly adapted by Chris Blackwood from the classic novel by Charles Dickens.  With a cavalcade of colourful characters and a ghostly quartet of guardians, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to get you into the Christmas spirit. Filled with joy, laughter and heartbreaking moments, this new version has something for everyone, both young and old.

11 principal characters, 9 secondary plus many more speaking roles within the ensemble  Available with either 4, 8 or 9 piece orchestration or backing track CD for rehearsal or performance.

Contact Dominie Drama for further information on materials and royalties.

by phone: 02 9938 8600
by email: drama@dominie.com.au
by fax: 02 9938 8695
website: www.dominie.com.au/drama


Announcing Sound Workshops – SOUND 101with BOUNCE NZ

These workshops will be run by Bounce NZ in association with MTNZ.  The content will be relevant for those societies with smaller and medium sized venues

Our aim is to get our community theatres in the regions "sound gear savvy"

It will give your local operators and technical teams the tools manage the sound of a production once the "pros" have left

We are looking at starting commencing these in October, probably around the Combined South Island meeting and also one in Nelson for starters - will have more detail on these in May Spotlight.  Register your interest if your society is keen to hold a workshop or want further information with Kate at the MTNZ Office kate@mtnz.co.nz.


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Latest News From the Copyright Holders

Over Paid, Over Sexed, and Over Here!

image002.jpgHilarious home front hijinks abound in Devon Williamson's latest hit comedy "Over Paid, Over Sexed, and Over Here!"

The Tauranga based playwrights latest show "Over Paid, Over Sexed, and Over Here" takes a light-hearted look at life in New Zealand during world war two when the Americans invaded New Zealand on their way to fight in the Pacific.

It's mid-1942 and as our men fight overseas a sleepy seaside Kiwi town is about to experience an invasion by the Americans. The arrival of the Yanks brings much needed excitement for the ladies, but for the local lads there are three big problems with the visitors… they're over paid, they're over sexed, and they're over here!  Devon Williamson's new play is a highly entertaining and at times disarmingly poignant observation of life in New Zealand during this iconic period of our history. "Devon's trademark wit and keen sense of the ridiculous are here in abundance", says Detour Theatre's Glen Morris, who plays one of the local lads struggling with being left behind while his mates are all at war. "The play is very, very funny but there's no missing the sense of gravity that lies just beneath the surface. Knowing that people experienced the situations we're acting gives the play an added vitality".

Set in the Mays' family home, behind their struggling dry-cleaning store, the story revolves around the three Mays sisters and their father, a shell-shocked World War One veteran. Enjoying being the local "ladies man", until the Americans arrive and turn everything upside down, is the dimwitted Jack. This self-important air raid protection volunteer is quickly reeling from the impact made by the charismatic usurping American Servicemen. Rounding out the character list is an outrageous former Can-can Dancer from the Moulin Rouge in Hokitika!

The play's premiere season has opened to rave reviews and runs through to mid April; after which it will be released by The Play Bureau for production elsewhere.  With over 50 theatre productions of his plays through New Zealand and Australia, Williamson has established himself as a popular and topical comedy playwright. This year his play "How to Train Your Husband" will premiere in the USA.

Detour Theatre Trust www.detour.co.nz or contact Helen at the Play Bureau play. bureau.nz@xtra.co.nz.