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Christchurch Training Weekend - Saturday 30 August/Sunday 31 August 2014

ONE DAY COURSE - DIRECTING 101 - Saturday 30 August at CPIT - NASDA Campus

Tutor - Rhonda Daverne


Registrations close Friday 22 August - please contact for further information and a registration pack. You can also download the Christchurch registration pack here: registration-pack-for-christchurch-august-2014.pdf.

This course is intended as an introduction to Directing Musicals and is most suitable for those who have never directed at all, those who've tried and struggled, those who have directed plays and are looking to try musicals, performers looking to better understand their craft, production managers, committee members with an interest in “the other side” and those looking to direct at some future date.

Agenda topics include: being ready to direct - knowing your musical - research and preparation - auditions and casting - rehearsal schedules - planning - responsibilities - working with the management team (MD & choreographer, designers & production manager) - blocking and staging - working with your cast - your personal approach to directing - developing an edge - production week and opening night.

Participants leave with a broad understanding of how to go about taking the first step to directing a musical along with helpful tips on working with your cast and management team throughout the process.

Hand-outs include: tips for auditioning - an example rehearsal schedule - props list - directors lighting notes, wardrobe list, character assignment list, etc etc...

This differs to what was previously advertised as David Adkins now has a performance commitment with Hairspray in Auckland that weekend

ONE DAY COURSE - MUSICAL DIRECTING 101 - Sunday 31 August at CPIT - NASDA Campus

Tutor - Richard Marrett

This course explores the range of functions and responsibilities the Musical Director could be expected to cover in a production and will be a hands-on, practical series of sessions:

  • Auditions, selection and voice-types
  • Working in with Director and Choreographer, Production and Stage Managers
  • Forming and preparing a band or orchestra
  • Repetiteuring
  • Conducting and score-reading
  • Conducting from keyboard
  • Tight ensemble sound, figuring out voicings
  • Vocal coaching with soloists
  • Working with tracks, keyboards and programming

HALF DAY PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT 101 COURSE - Sunday 31 August -9am - 12.30pm at CPIT - NASDA Campus

Tutor - Annie Pearce


This course is focused on equipping you in your role as production manager. Taking a production from "well they've picked a show... now what?" through to "the show's over but I still have work to do" requires someone who is very organized, can breakdown the big picture, has great people skills and can keep breathing under pressure. During our session, we will look at the following stages of a production and what is involved in each one:

  • Before the show is announced
  • Casting the show
  • Getting the show onstage
  • The season
  • After the final bow

Specific topics covered will include time management, people management, organizational techniques and communication.

Over the past 15 years Annie has coordinated events at major venues including the Westpac Centre, the Christchurch Town Hall and the Isaac Theatre Royal for organizations such as Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Showbiz Christchurch, The Christchurch City Council and CPIT. Annie has been the Production Manager for Cats, Miss Saigon, Starry Nights (Showbiz Christchurch), 42nd Street, Curtains, Cats, Guys & Dolls, Beauty & the Beast and Hair (CPIT's NASDA) to name a few

HALF DAY STAGE MANAGEMENT 101 COURSE - Sunday 31 August -- 1pm - 4.30pm at CPIT - NASDA Campus

Tutor - Kathryn Osborne

Stage Management 101 will use a practical example to work through the five stages of putting on a performance from a Stage Manager point of view.

The planning, the rehearsal period, the production period, performances and the wash-up at the end.

It will include how to prepare a calling script, hints on calling a show, who needs what information, when to call stop, all supported with examples of the paperwork that Kathryn uses as a Stage Manager for Musicals, Opera, Ballet and Drama.

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

Get it here...

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


Welcome to The (inaugural) JUNIOR THEATRE Project - TRAIN THE TRAINERS Intensive.

To be held in Auckland, NZ – Saturday 23rd August 2014.

Click here to download a PDF outlining the training session and also a registration form for an awesome Intensive day of workshops etc.

Join Industry professionals Doug Kamo, Michael, Nicholas Williams, Teesh Szabo, Stuart Hendricks & Nikol McKail for a full day of musical theatre workshops.

Whether you are a seasoned pro, or you’re just getting started, you will acquire new skills, learn best practices and walk away energized and ready to tackle any musical theatre challenge that comes your way.

All attendees will also take home some valuable resources, discount vouchers for their next musical and one lucky school or community theatre will WIN major discounts off their next musical.

If you require any further information please email

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:
by fax: 02 9938 8695

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

New Product From John Herber


The LED Price Revolution Begins


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 or contact Helen at the Play Bureau play.