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MTNZ is the national voice of community theatre, providing data and information to non-members, businesses, other arts and non-profit organisations, as well as the media and government agencies.

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...

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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Zone Two July Newsletter

For all the latest happenings in Zone Two, click 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

In June's Spotlight...

Click here to download it...

  • Presidential greetings from across the other side of the world
  • MTNZ - Into the Future Roadshow kicks off in Nelson on 8 June
  • The August Christchurch Training Weekend Info- registrations open now
  • News from around the Zones
  • Phantom soars to great heights in New Plymouth
  • NZ Premiere of Next to Normal in Waipawa, also on stage in Auckland later in the year – audition info in Spotlight
  • Filling Seats – how to successfully market your community theatre
  • Operatunity Modern Musicals tour – with some familiar faces in the line up J
  • What’s Coming up at Toi Whakaari
  • New Wireless Comms System from the Light Site
  • ETNZ Technology Qualification Development
  • ETNZ Training Opportunities and Bounce’s Sound 101 initiative
  • Latest news from the copyright holders
  • Onstage in Auckland Batt on a Hot Tin Roof and Cabaret Season – Auckland Live Rotorua announces Mamma Mia auditions

MTNZ - Into The Future

MTNZ - Into The Future - workshops and roadshow planned for June, July, August around New Zealand - click here to download the flier.

We want our volunteers, the professionals who work in the arts and entertainment industry, the young and retired - in fact all interested parties and our stakeholders - we want everyone!! This is an invitation to anyone who has a love of theatre - we want your ideas to help us plan the future of MTNZ This is your opportunity to have YOUR say and contribute to the future of MTNZ, which in turn contributes and benefits the arts and entertainment industry of New Zealand as a whole. Outcomes of these workshops will be the basis of the national body plan to benefit all community theatre in New Zealand for the next five years and beyond.

Facilitator - Terry O'Connor, Vice President of MTNZ with members of the MTNZ Executive and Administrator Kate and President Lesley will be attending a few as well - starting on Sunday 8 June in Nelson and finishing Sunday 10 August in Wellington. Contact Administrator Kate if you need further information or to RSVP

In May's Spotlight

  • Greetings from new MTNZ President Lesley Carthew
  • Our 2014 Merit Award Recipients
  • Auckland Training Weekend Information 31 May - 1 June - we need you regos J
  • Christchurch Training Weekend Information 30/31 August - registrations now open
  • We Want You!!!  MTNZ - into the future - roadshow around NZ
  • May Zone Meetings - Thames, Upper Hutt, Dunedin, Auckland
  • News from around the zones
  • Stage Whispers - a Free E Copy for MTNZ members including a vid from conference
  • NASDA Celebrates 20 years and audition information
  • The Light Site- new wireless comms system
  • Entertainment Technology Qualification Development
  • Latest News from the Copyright Holders
  • Noticeboard and Calendar

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In April's Spotlight...

  • Greetings from new MTNZ President Lesley Carthew
  • 54th AGM and Volunteer Training Weekend Napier - it's a wrap  
  • Meet our first ETNZ Community Theatre Technician of the Year Award - Youth
  • Other Competition and Award Results (Merit Award Recipients announced in May Spotlight)
  • Introducing Two New Members of the MTNZ Executive -Zone One Rep Pauline Vella and Vice President Terry O'Connor
  • Conference 2015 - Christchurch - start saving your pennies now - accommodation pencil bookings are now open
  • The Auckland Training Weekend Info 31 May - 1 June - registrations now open - directing, lighting, production and stage management and a pyro demo  
  • The Christchurch Training Weekend 30/31 August - info - directing, musical directing, production and stage management - registrations open early May
  • Announcing Sound Workshops - SOUND 101 with BOUNCE NZ - great initiative from Karen and Glen
  • News from around the Zones - conference feedback and reports from around NZ
  • News from our Corporate members - ML Consultants, Light Site, John Herber
  • Kenderdine Electrical take on the hobbits
  • David Spicer Announces the release of Saturday Night Fever, Dominies have Christmas Carol and Devon Williamson has a new play receiving rave reviews about the American soldiers in NZ in WW2
  • MTNZ Calendar - lots of zone meetings happening in May - put them in your diary now
  • What's On Around NZ

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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.

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.

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