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Vision Connecting communities creatively.
Ko te Pūtaketanga Te huihuinga mai i ngā hapori wairua auaha.

Mission One voice to educate, support and advocate; enriching all aspects of theatre in our community.
Ko te huarahi Kia kotahi ai te whakaaro hei whakaora ai te iwi whare-tapere

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News & Views...

Introducing Cameron Rhodes

Our fantastic directing workshop tutor for the Wellington Training Workshop Weekend (5 - 6 September) Cameron Rhodes, tells us his theatre life journey and what you can expect from the workshop.

It's a wonderful opportunity to work and learn from Cameron who is one of the best in the business. We also have production and stage management, costume construction and choreography workshops as well - so what are you waiting for?

Contact kate@mtnz.co.nz for a rego pack.


August 2015 Spotlight

In this month's Spotlight
  • From the President
  • My Journey - Helen Horsnell Zone Five Rep
  • Wellington Workshop Training Weekend Registration Information
  • From the MTNZ Office - Conference 2016 Info
  • Incorporated Societies - Changes Ahead
  • The MTNZ Facebook community page - you should be on it
  • A great idea from Auckland Music Theatre for NextGen
  • Junior - Putting It Together!
  • The Amici Trust - Train the Trainers Intensive Report and Photos - July 2015
  • The National Youth Theatre Company Turns 10!
  • Zone Four - report from the Hokitika Meeting
  • Meanwhile in Timaru... Curtains rise on revamped Playhouse
  • Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Gondoliers" 201
  • Wellington Musical Theatre Are on the Move
  • Entertainment Technology Updates and Information including a report from the ETNZ conference
  • Soft LED Pixel Drape For Hire from the Light Site
  • Training Opportunities - BOUNCE NZ Sound Workshop
  • What's coming up at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
  • MTNZ Calendar 2015/2016
  • Agendas for Zone Three and Combined South Island Meetings

Click here to download August's Spotlight.


July news from Zone Three...

Click here to download the newsletter (pdf format)...

July Spotlight

In this month's Spotlight
  • RIP Poppa Bear - Ray Spence
  • Presidential Greetings - Lesley Carthew
  • Latest News from iTICKET
  • How is the MTNZ Strategic Poster hanging in your place competition
  • Train the Trainers - Junior Theatre - fantastic opportunity in Auckland 19 July
  • BOUNCE 101 Sound Workshop - Palmerston North 22 August
  • The MTNZ Wellington Training Weekend - September - directing, costume, dance etc.
  • Applying to Toi Whakaari and NASDA?? All you need to know
  • Rotorua Conference 2016 - accommodation bookings being taken now
  • Ngaire Holmes our wonderful Zone Two rep talks about her journey
  • News from around the zones - what's been happening in your community
  • Spamalot coming to Christchurch
  • Grease is happening in Kirwee
  • Phantom opening in Invercargill 10 July
  • West Otago Theatrical Society - We Will Remember Them
  • Incorporated Societies - changes ahead - what you need to know
  • Sign up to Xero with BDO - a great off for societies to have a cloud based system
  • The Power of Facebook
  • Entertainment Technology Updates
  • Light Site Soft LED Pixel Drape for hire
  • New associate members Scott Andrew and A Long Way from Broadway join MTNZ
  • Origin Theatrical to represent Tams Witmark in Australia and New Zealand
  • Lion King available for licencing - primary and secondary schools only
  • A Christmas Carol - great show from Dominie Drama
  • Zone Three meeting 22 August - Palmerston North
  • Combined South Island meeting agenda 18 - 19 Sep Dunedin
Click here to download July's Spotlight.

Zone Four Meeting - Hokitika 4 July

Click here to download the agenda...

Train The Trainers Sunday 19 July (Intro Video)


June Spotlight

In this month's Spotlight

June is Spotlight on Training Month

  • ETNZ Conference 30 June - 1 July, Wellington
  • Train the Trainers 19 July, Auckland with a great team from the USA
  • BOUNCE Sound Workshop 101 - Palmerston North 22 August
  • The MTNZ Wellington Training Weekend - directing, costume, dance etc
  • Applying to Toi Whakaari and NASDA??  All you need to know
  • Greetings from President Lesley Carthew
  • Rotorua Conference 2016 - accommodation bookings being taken now
  • Latest News from iTICKET
  • News from around the zones - what's been happening in your community
  • Calling all Directors - Tauranga Musical Theatre needs you for Mamma Mia!
  • Chris Green's Coaltown Blues  at Waimea College 13 June
  • Showbiz Christchurch appoint a new General Manager
  • Combined South Island meeting agenda and info announced 18 - 19 Sep Dunedin
  • Fantastic show reviews and photos from Zone Five
  • Incorporated Societies - changes ahead - what you need to know
  • Sign up to Xero with BDO - a great off for societies to have a cloud based system for your finances
  • Light Site gold sponsors from conference
  • New associate members Kate Marshall and Robert Dil join MTNZ
  • A Christmas Carol - great show from Dominie Drama
  • Who will be your Stacee Jaxx???  Origin announced the release of Rock of Ages
  • The Theatre for Young Audiences - a great idea from Origin Theatrical
  • Agendas for the Zone Three Meeting 22 Aug and South Island Meeting 20 Sept

Click here todownload June's Spotlight


Registrations are now open for the Wellington Training Weekend 5 - 6 September

We are delighted to announce the Wellington Training Weekend J We look forward to having as many MTNZ members as possible participate in this fantastic training opportunity.

Please find attached a registration pack for the Wellington Training Weekend to be held at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre hosted by Toi Whakaari and with assistance from BOUNCE NZ.

We have lined up a fantastic weekend with amazing tutors from around New Zealand including:

  • Directing - Cameron Rhodes
  • Costume Construction - Kaarin Macaulay
  • Creating Great Dance - Tania Kopytko
  • Production Management - Annie Pearce
  • Stage Management - Kathryn Osborne

Kathryn and Annie did such awesome workshops last year in Christchurch and the feedback was so positive, they are coming back again for the North Island workshops.

We have been so lucky to engage the services of Cameron Rhodes from Auckland who directed Into The Woods at Toi last year and the wonderful Kaarin Macaulay - you can actually do a hands on practical session in her amazing workshop at Toi - an opportunity not to be missed. And Tania whose forum at the Christchurch conference was so well received, has agreed to extend her conference workshop into a full seminar.

We have also answered "the call" from feedback - practical directing session on the Sunday morning and a Q&A forum with all tutors - these suggestions came through strongly in feedback from last year.

Feedback from Kathryn's Christchurch Workshop last year:
  • "Kathryn had an amazing amount of knowledge which she easily passed onto us and had such passion for her craft"
  • "Kathryn was just amazing - we need more from this lady"
  • "The stage management course content and presentation was excellent given the timeframe"
  • "Great to learn from one of the best in the business"
Feedback on Tania's forum from Christchurch conference
  • "Choreography forum with Tania was great. It's changed my focus of my choreography to characters not steps"
  • "The movement workshop with Tania was refreshingly useful - very practical and realistic."
  • "As a director I found your workshop refreshingly applicable to community theatre. You have inspired me to think about dance differently and understand that I do not need a cast with years of dance training to ensure effective movement that enhances the storyline and emotion of the scene. I can achieve a lot with little and utilise those with actual dance skills/experience as icing on the top. You are brilliant."
Feedback from Annie's Christchurch Workshop last year:
  • "So much material covered, all relevant, could have done with another few hours"
  • "Amazing presenter and so knowledgeable"
  • "Annie covered so much and we were pleased we made the effort, weren't sure whether it was going to be from a big society's perspective given Annie's bio but all her tips and "how to's" were totally relevant for us smaller societies - loved the spreadsheets - thank you Annie."
  • "Annie pitched everything at the right level, right across the broad range of societies represented - it was all totally relevant for all groups big and small."

With amazing support and sponsorship from Glen and Karen Ruske from BOUNCE and Craig, Kaarin and the team from Toi Whakaari, we have managed to keep the registration fees right down and it's so easy to get to Wellington from all around New Zealand - and a great opportunity to come to Wellie to check out the fantastic exhibitions at Te Papa and the War Memorial as well. Make a weekend of it J Sharron Pardoe our Zone Three Rep and I will be on site and organising the weekend.

So here is the weekend programme:

Saturday 5 September - Directing - developing the script and working with your team
  • 9am Registration, morning tea
  • 10am Course commences
  • Midday Lunch break - PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR OWN LUNCH
  • 1pm Course recommences
  • 3pm Afternoon tea
  • 5.30pm Conclude
  • 6.30pm Group dinner option at the Crab Shack on the Wellington water front - extra cost
Sunday 6 September
  • 9am Tea and coffee and registration
  • 9.30am Stage Management Workshop commences
  • 10am Costume Construction Workshop commences - practical & theory
  • Directing - working with the script and working with your cast - practical
  • Creating great dance and choreography for all your cast members - practical & theory
  • 11.30am Q&A Forum - Production and Stage Management tutors If you are attending the Production Management workshop, you can attend this Q&A Forum as part of the Stage Management group
  • 12pm All workshops - lunch break PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR OWN LUNCH
  • 12.30pm Production Management Workshop commences
  • Other workshops recommence
  • 2.30pm Workshops conclude
  • 2.45pm Informal Afternoon Tea Q&A Forum with the tutors - all attendees invited to this forum - a great opportunity to ask questions and consult with the professionals.
  • 3.30pm Conclude

Registration info can be downloaded by clicking here, contact the MTNZ office if you need any further information and clarification - registrations close 31 August.


Zone Three Newsletter, May 2015

Click here for the latest news from Zone Three (PDF download)...

Zone Two Newsletter, May 2015

Click here for the latest news from Zone Two (PDF download)...