Markham Lee's comments on the programme awards

Written on April 20, 2015

Click the link below to download 2015 Programme Competition judge - Markham Lee's comments on the programme awards (PDF format).

Programme Competition Judges Notes

Zone Three Newsletter, April 2015

Written on April 13, 2015

Hi everyone

As I mentioned in Spotlight I have a secretary for this year, Ant Collier from Napier Operatic Society. Ant is young, enthusiastic and a talented actor but behind-the-scenes is where he prefers to be. Ant has put together the attached newsletter (linked below) for me and he's done a great job. I hope you enjoy it.

Please feel free to contact me at any time and share this newsletter with all your data bases.

Download the April 2015 Zone 3 newsletter here:

Zone 3 Newsletter April 2015

Kind regards
Zone 3 Representative,
Musical Theatre New Zealand

MTNZ NextGen Representative Announcement - Gwen Lyon - from March 2015...

Written on January 21, 2015

As you are all aware, our current NextGen Representative Daniel Pepperell's two year tenure will conclude in March 2015 at the AGM in Christchurch.

Last October we asked for nominations for this position and a large number of candidates were nominated by our society members which is most encouraging as it is a great testament that our Youth Initiative is gaining momentum which is fantastic news for our theatre communities looking into the future.

The calibre of the applicants was also very high which made our job difficult and I would like to thank those societies and candidates for taking the time to apply and work through the nomination process.

There were a panel of three Executive members including Daniel Pepperell our current NextGen Representative who made the final recommendation to the MTNZ Executive with a unanimous decision - Gwen Lyon nominated by Hamilton Operatic Society.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the entire membership, especially the MTNZ Executive, to thank Daniel Pepperell for his huge contribution. Dan came into the role which was newly created after a "think tank" session in Napier in 2012 with Gary Gumbleton, who has also contributed much to our Youth Initiative, with great drive and vision and we thank Dan for his work and "leading the charge" with our NextGenners and society members - so Dan, thank you so much.

Gwen will be coming to conference in Christchurch, and is looking forward to meeting many of you then.

Kind regards
Lesley Carthew
President - MTNZ

Click here to download a pdf copy of this information.

OneMusic Licencing

Written on September 25, 2014

Due to the lack response from the MTNZ Society membership to the OneMusic survey that Ngaire Holmes our Zone Two Rep asked you to participate in earlier this year, unfortunately OneMusic did not receive enough information to enable them to create a bespoke licence for the Musical Theatre NZ membership, so OneMusic have made a decision to not licence theatre spaces for the public performance of background music.

Any music (that is in APRA's and/or PPNZ's repertoire) requires permission prior to the use commencing, the background music that is used pre show, at intermission and post show in a theatre space requires a background music licence. As the OneMusic relicensing project has shown the inclusion of these spaces has seen a tremendous increase in licence fees. This was never their intention. For MTNZ members they will only licence the foyer space, if there is a bar then an OneMusic Hospitality Licence is required, if no bar then an OneMusic Retail and General Licence is required. Both are linked here:

The differentiating between Hospitality and Retail/General is not ideal and OneMusic know that our members will most likely think ‘Hospitality’ should only reflect a bar open every night and not applicable to them then Greer is happy to accept a Retail & General Licence instead.

With regard to your current invoices please phone Greer Davies on 0800 800 663 or email Greer will work through whether you need to amend the licence agreement and invoice or whether a new licence agreement needs to be completed.

I cannot stress enough how important it is for our membership to participate in future surveys. Our first production survey will be on line from next week (Kate will be sending out information about this early next week). We need you to help us, to enable us to help you.

If you are require any clarification or wish to discuss this further, please contact Greer at OneMusic 0800 800 663 or fax 09 623 2174 or

A Christmas Carol

Written on April 7, 2014

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.


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