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Spotlight September 2016

In this month's Spotlight

  • From the President's Point of View
  • Combined South Island Meeting details 24 September, Christchurch
  • NextGen Boot Camp Dunedin - it's a wrap
  • Gold Partners and Corporate Members iTICKET attend the Zony's
  • Technical Qualifications Update with Dale Henderson
  • Welcome to the 60s - New Plymouth conference 2017
  • Zone Two news - Ngaire Holmes with Zony Awards Wrap Up
  • Centre Stage Taupo Workshops - all welcome
  • News from Rotorua, Whakatane and a sweet transvestite
  • Zone Three- Sharron checks out CATS, Upper Hutt, PLT and Urinetown
  • Sister Act is raising its voice all through Zone Three
  • Junior Theatre Project - Broadway Junior comes to Porirua
  • Theatre Hawkes Bay - Motel by April Phillips & Abbey have CATS for hire
  • Zone Four update from Ross Benbow and meeting report from Ashburton - yes you should come to Zone meetings
  • Show Marked 40 Years for Kirwee with 14 families involved in the one production
  • A sad farewell to Pilgrim Productions in Auckland
  • Peaches and Pickles Presents the first amateur production of Starlight Express
  • Zone Five - Invercargill farewell Mary, Alexandra welcome the Pirates, East Otago staging Anything Goes and Dunedin prepares to be spammed by Monty Python
  • New associate members - Innovation Brokers
  • NASDA Auditions - applications close 10 September
  • Entertainment Technology Updates and Info
  • Light Site - wireless comms system & pixel drape available for hire and Showtechnix offers
  • News from the copyright holders featuring this month - Hal Leonard and Origin Theatrical plus a reminder from Play Bureau reminding you of your obligations when performing theatre

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2016 Combined South Island Meeting Meeting Agenda

Click here for the agenda and weekend programme of the Combined South Island meeting being held in Christchurch 24 September.


Spotlight August 2016

In this month's Spotlight

  • Greetings from President Lesley
  • Hello from Gold Partners and Corporate Members iTICKET
  • Technical Qualifications Update with Dale Henderson
  • Welcome to the 60s – New Plymouth conference 2017
  • Zone Two news – Ngaire Holmes with Zony Award Announcements
  • Statehighway 48 Launches into Hamilton
  • Sharron Pardoe checks out the opening night oSister Act in New Plymouth
  • Zone Four – meeting report from Ross Benbow
  • Halswell Drama Group present Nunsense and the Christchurch Evita cast announced
  • Curious Thinkers – free public workshop with Auckland Theatre Company
  • Bad Girls are coming to Howick
  • Zone Five Wrap Up with Helen Horsnell
  • The Knights are coming to Dunedin
  • Evita option with Origin Theatrical using the consortium set
  • Light Site – wireless comms system & pixel drape available for hire
  • Theatrelight Offer
  • News from the copyright holders including Christmas Carol from Dominie and Rock of Ages from Origin

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Spotlight July 2016

In this month's Spotlight

  • Greetings from President Lesley
  • NextGen Boot Camp Dunedin-19 August 2016 - all you need to know
  • Notices and updates - conference awards; OneMusic; Health and Safety
  • Welcome to the 60s - New Plymouth conference 2017
  • My Journey - Gwen Lyon
  • Zone Two news -Thames, Taupo, Rotorua, Gisborne, Steps Performing Arts
  • The Building Block Buddies and Magical Jukebox Show
  • Zone Three - Porirua, Upper Hutt, Sister Act - New Plymouth, Broadway Jnr, iTICKET
  • Zone Four- meeting agenda for 23 July, Timaru; Christchurch, Takaka, Country Players, new Society member NelsonTheatrix
  • Zone One report with Pauline Vella - Opera Factory, Whangarei
  • Never Audition Again - prepare to work not audition - workshop info
  • News from Zone Five - Mary Poppins opening in Invercargill, Balclutha is not just a small town - from gumboots to glitter; Grease the Arena Spectacular
  • Two new associate members - David Adkins and Christine Daverne
  • Billy Elliot the musical - Auckland Theatre Company have found their Billies
  • Evita option with Origin Theatrical using the consortium set
  • Light Site - wireless comms system & pixel drape available for hire
  • Kenderdine Electrical - Highlite range
  • ENTECH roadshow and Firework Professional training opportunity
  • Showtechnix - one complete source
  • News from the copyright holders including Jekyll and Hyde, Singing in the Rain from Hal Leonard; Christmas Carol from Dominie; Song Contest from David Spicer and Rock of Ages and Heathers from Origin

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Spotlight June 2016

In this month's Spotlight

  • Greetings from President Lesley
  • NextGen Boot Camp Dunedin-19 August 2016 - all you need to know
  • Notices and updates - conference awards; OneMusic; iTICKET, Health and Safety
  • Welcome to the 60s - New Plymouth conference 2017
  • NextGen Report with Gwen Lyon
  • Zone Two news - Zone meeting, Thames, Taupo, Rotorua
  • The Building Block Buddies and Magical Jukebox Show
  • Zone Three - Zone meeting, tribute to Terry Coyle, Upper Hutt, G&S. Singing School
  • Zone Four wrap up - great report with lots of photos
  • Zone Four meeting Timaru, 23 July - agenda and weekend programme
  • Zone One report with Pauline Vella - Dreamgirls, Suessical, Allo Allo
  • Zone Five news with Helen Horsnell - Zone meeting, Fiordland, East & South Otago
  • Association of Community Theatre registrations for Stagecraft - Sydney in October
  • MTNZ Calendar
  • Light Site - wireless comms system & pixel drape available for hire
  • Kenderdine Electrical - Highlite range
  • Showtechnix - one complete source News from the copyright holders including Jekyll and Hyde, Singing in the Rain from Hal Leonard; Christmas Carol from Dominie; Song Contest from David Spicer and Rock of Ages and Heathers from Origin

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NextGen Boot Camp - Dunedin 19 - 21 August

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Registration Fee only $45 - now open. Please note you must be over 18 to attend the workshop weekend.

With tutors  - Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Teesh Szabo.

Book your place with the MTNZ office now - email kate@mtnz.co.nz or click here to download a registration pack.


Spotlight May 2016

In this month's Spotlight

  • A final word on Rotorua conference
  • Our 2016 Merit Award Recipients
  • NextGen Boot Camp - all you need to know
  • Introducing our new Vice President - Daniel Pepperell
  • Notices and updates
  • Zone Two meeting 7 May in Hamilton - all you need to know
  • Zone Two news - Hamilton, Te Kuiti, Rotorua, Taupo, Taumarunui, Whakatane
  • Zone Three - MTI offer for schools closes 20 May
  • Zone Three - Levin, New Plymouth, Wgtn G&S
  • Evita hire - Napier Operatic
  • NZ Singing School enrolment information
  • Zone Four - shows galore - Christchurch, NASDA, Ashburton, Wakefield, NCMT, Timaru Girls' and Boys' High NZ premiere Lion King Junior
  • Zone One - Evita, Seussical, Same Time Next Year
  • Taieri Musical & DKCM - Grease the Arena Spectacular featuring Jason Kerrison
  • South Otago Theatrical hosting a Minifies Make-up Workshop
  • Noises off in Clyde
  • Association of Community Theatre registrations for Stagecraft - Sydney in October
  • MTNZ Calendar
  • Stage Whispers now on sale featuring the 2016 conference
  • Light Site - wireless comms system available for hire
  • Kenderdine Electrical - Highlite range
  • News from the copyright holders including Jekyll and Hyde, Singing in the Rain from Hal Leonard; Christmas Carol from Dominie; Song Contest from David Spicer and Rock of Ages from Origin

Download the May Spotlight here.

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Stage Whispers TV reports in on our annual conference

For full details, click here: www.stagewhispers.com.au/community-theatre/MTNZ-2016...


NextGen Boot Camp - Dunedin 19 - 21 August

It's remote but will be fantastic and you will need to bring your sleeping bag, warm clothes and a sheet!!!

And we can announce the following...

REGISTRATION FEE ONLY $45 - REGISTRATIONS OPEN 1 MAY

Contact kate@mtnz.co.nz to go on the waitlist to be the first "in the know" as spaces are limited

Strictly NextGen - The MTNZ Youth Boot Camp

19 - 21 August 2016, Berwick Camp, Mosgiel (Dunedin)

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Friday 19 August
  • 5pm - All attendees to be in camp
  • 6pm - Welcome, housekeeping, weekend structure, introductions, Group allocations advised
  • 6.15pm - Dinner
  • 7.15pm - Knowledge Café - interactive around the table group forum on ideas, topics, etc. that NextGen would like to discuss
  • 8.30pm - Wrap up Knowledge Café - supper and networking
Saturday 20 August
  • 8am - Breakfast
  • 9am - Session One commences
    • Group One - Master Class - Flying Solo with Jennifer Ward-Lealand
    • Group Two - "In Sync" which embraces the use of syncopation to heighten, bring variation and excitement to even the most basic of dance steps with Teesh Szabo
  • 10.30am - Morning tea
  • 11am - Session One continues
  • 12.30pm - Lunch
  • 1.30pm - Session Two commences
    • Group One - "In Sync" which embraces the use of syncopation to heighten, bring variation and excitement to even the most basic of dance steps with Teesh Szabo
    • Group Two - Master Class - Flying Solo with Jennifer Ward-Lealand
  • 3pm - Afternoon tea
  • 3.30pm - Session Two continues
  • 5pm - Dinner
  • 7pm - All come together and practice group dance
  • 8.30pm - Supper and networking
Sunday 21 August
  • 8am - Breakfast
  • 9am - Q&A with tutors
  • 10am - Get dressed for showcase and practice dance
  • 10.45am - Showcase of group dance and a selection of the solo song performances
  • 12.15pm - Close training school
  • 12.30pm - Lunch and departures

MASTER CLASSES

FLYING SOLO Telling the Story in Song

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In this workshop each participant is directed in a musical theatre song of their choice. There is a strong emphasis on identifying and developing the inner monologue, and how this focus serves the greater goal - that of engaging at a deeper level with the story of the song and, consequently, with the audience. Participants receive individual detailed direction and have the opportunity to observe their fellow classmates and engage fully in the process.

http://www.jenniferwardlealand.com/teaching.html

Since training at Auckland's influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for over 30 years.

In 1989/90, Jennifer toured NZ and internationally with THE FRONT LAWN and in the early 90s moved to Australia to appear in the comedy TV series FULL FRONTAL, and played Viola in the Adelaide International Festival's production of TWELFTH NIGHT.

On stage her work includes THE GOAT, THAT FACE, BERLIN, BREL (Metro Magazine's #1 Cultural Experience 2012), THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING (Best Ensemble & Excellence Awards, Auckland Theatre Awards 2015) for Silo Theatre, TWELFTH NIGHT, LE SUD, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, THE HERETIC and LYSISTRATA for Auckland Theatre Company, RITA AND DOUGLAS for Armstrong Creative and BETWEEN THE SHEETS and LUNCHEON at the Basement.

Jennifer's film work includes THE FOOTSTEP MAN, DESPERATE REMEDIES, THE UGLY, FRACTURE and LINDA'S BODY. Television includes FULL FRONTAL, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, SHORTLAND STREET, DUGGAN, INTERROGATION, AUCKLAND DAZE, THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS and THE GOOD WORD.

Theatre directing credits include. JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP for Silo Theatre, TIC TIC for Strata Creative, THE LAST FIVE YEARS and FALLOUT: THE SINKING OF THE RAINBOW WARRIOR for Last Tapes Theatre Company and most recently THE CHOICE for The Blue Baths in Rotorua.

Jennifer devised and performed the cabarets FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN featuring the songs of Marlene Dietrich, and THE LOOK OF LOVE which she has toured extensively throughout New Zealand, and in Australia. She works regularly as a voice over artist and can be heard as the character of DORABLE DUCK on the children's television series BUZZY BEE.

Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of The Large Group and The Actors' Program. She is currently President of New Zealand Actors Equity, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional TrustSilo Theatre, Clarence St Theatre Trust, and Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Year's Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and the community.

www.jenniferwardlealand.com

"In Sync" which embraces the use of syncopation to heighten, bring variation and excitement to even the most basic of dance steps.

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Bringing together movers of any level, participants will develop skill and an understanding of how a company can move cohesively around a stage rather than the need for split choreography for dancers versus non dancers. We will experiment with basic dance steps bringing together spatial awareness including shapes, musical phrasing and patterns while embracing the often underutilised beats when setting musical numbers while working towards a showcase performance on the last day.

Trained both here in NZ and the UK, Teesh's varied career has seen her working as an Educator, Choreographer, Musical Stager and Performer in theatre, productions and television around the world and back.

Since returning to NZ after a 12 year departure, her choreography work has included MAMMA MIA, RENT, SPRING AWAKENING, CHESS and ASSASSIANS to name just a few. She has been fortunate to work as associate choreographer with Arlene Phillips in the UK and has extensive experience with showcasing new works at the Edinburgh Festive, various trade shows, TVC's with her work receiving numerous awards over the year. Equally comfortable on stage, highlights include performing alongside some of the greatest legends in musical theatre - Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Rita Moreno, Cyd Charisse, Russ Tamblyn and world renowned Illusionist Vince Carmen. Adding to this is working along-side the outstanding casts of Martine Guerre, Whistle Down the Wind as well as the Original London Cast of Mamma Mia and sailing the high seas as part of the entertainment set up teams for Princess Cruise Lines. A passionate educator, she has written various movement curriculums for early childhood centres in NZ and is Movement Specialist for the Junior Theatre Project NZ in conjunction with Hal Leonard Australia and Amici Trust. Development credits include Destination DANZ, a reference book soon to be published for the performing arts and when there is time she also works with some of NZ's National/International figure skating stars Teesh is truly excited to work alongside and inspire the participants of NextGen.


Spotlight April 2016

In this month's Spotlight

  • Greetings from MTNZ President Lesley Carthew
  • 56th AGM and Volunteer Training Weekend Rotorua - it's a wrap
  • Thank you to our fantastic conference partners and supporters
  • Other Competition and Award Results
  • NextGen Boot Camp Announcement
  • Junior Theatre Tour Wrap Up
  • News from around the Zones
  • Avenue Q for sale
  • Meet the youngest theatre director for Taumarunui - Angus Long
  • Agenda for Zone Three meeting - Napier 30 April
  • New Plymouth Operatic announce their Deloris Van Cartier for Sister Act
  • Evita hire - Napier Operatic
  • Zone Four news - Mamma Mia and Zone Meeting in Timaru
  • North Canterbury Music Society AIDA
  • Zone One - it's all about religion and kids
  • Musical Theatre Oamaru present their awards from conference
  • Agenda for the Zone Five meeting - Alexandra 16 April
  • News from the copyright holders, other members and technology

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