Through the years...

History - 2012

Written on February 1, 2017

The past year has proven to be another very busy and highly successful one for our organisation. Our AGM and Conference in Wanganui was a great success and attendance numbers met our expectations. Once again those who attended took the opportunity to participate in the informative seminars and forums presented by some of the best presenters available and also soaked up the networking opportunities. Our thanks must go to our hosts Edwyna McDonald and AMDRAM Wanganui for the organisation and support they gave to Kate our Administrator in putting the whole weekend together.

We are most grateful for the on-going support we receive from our corporate members at conference time not only by supplying equipment but also the manpower to transport, install and operate this equipment at no cost to MTNZ. I would like to thank David Bosworth, The Light Site and Glen Ruske, BOUNCE NZ for their on-going sponsorship in this area at conference time. We also receive sponsorship towards meals, drinks, awards and the provision of presenters/speakers for the many forums and seminars that are now an integral part of our annual meeting.

We also fare welled from the MTNZ Executive Zone Three Representative Allan Nagy. Allan came onto the Executive in 2009 and has made a huge contribution. We welcomed Sharron Pardoe from Napier as our new Zone Three Representative.

Our special thanks go to John Herber Limited and NZ Fire Shield Limited, our major sponsors, who continue to generously sponsor your organisation. This support received from Graeme, Diane, Deane, Mark and Amanda enables MTNZ to operate under a lot less financial pressure and allows us to undertake projects that otherwise could not possibly be considered.

The Youth Initiatives we have implemented have met with a huge approval and an amazing response. One of the initiatives was to have a youth representative on the MTNZ Executive and after much deliberating and consultation Daniel Pepperell from Tauranga Musical Theatre has been given the position. We welcome Daniel to the Executive and look forward working with him during the coming year. We are hoping that member societies will take the national body lead and look at having a youth representative on their boards/committee.

To those Corporate members who answered the call for sponsorship to enable youth members to attend the 2013 53rd AGM/Training Weekend we extend a huge thank you. I would especially like to thank Ruthe Kenderdine from our corporate members, Kenderdine Electrical who generously sponsored accommodation for the majority of the youth attendees selected to attend.

We trust that the youth members who have been given the opportunity will make the most of the weekend and will return home enthused ready to put their hands up to become involved in future planning and decision making within their respective MTNZ societies.

The decision to move the library from Kate's home in Wellington to NASDA in Christchurch has met with unanimous approval and thank you to Kate, Richard Marrett, Annie Pearce and the team at NASDA for making this happen. As you know this is a wonderful and treasured resource that is no longer utilised by the MTNZ as it was 10 years ago. We are so grateful that NASDA can give this unique collection of scripts and scores, a well maintained home in a library environment for the years to come.

After the success of the 2011 Dunedin directing musicals school - the MTNZ Executive decided to run another one in the North Island. Saturday morning was straight into it including topics such as The roles of the management team (Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Production Manager etc); What does a director actually do; The vision; Responsibilities; The need to educate; Preserving the illusion; Selecting a show; Time table formulas; People; The rehearsal schedule; Preparing and meetings; The crew; Auditions; Rehearsals; Dealing with beginners and prima dona's; Common directing errors; What happens after opening. David Adkins was fantastic yet again - the feedback has been awesome and David really related so well to the group. Participants were mainly from the North Island, however, waving the Mainland flag was our Zone Five Rep Helen Horsnell who participated this year and Ngaire Taylor from Balclutha. Our thanks to all those that participated in the weekend and came along to learn - you were a great bunch of people. Huge thanks to Ngaire Holmes our Zone Two Rep for all her assistance in the lead up and during the school and making fab scones; Tracy Holmes, Rochelle Nicholson and Piper Edmonds our awesome catering team and the Riverlea Theatre Board for the use their fantastic facilities - thank you all so much. MTNZ would also like to thank Glen and Karen Ruske and BOUNCE NZ for their donation to this year's school and the next one in 2013 the support of our corporate members is huge for us so thank you Glen and Karen. Quite a number of attendees from both Dunedin and Hamilton schools have gone on to direct productions this year which is fantastic. The 'Next Step' course planned for Palmerston North in June 2013.

Subscriptions continue to be the principal source of revenue for MTNZ and the on-going work undertaken by the membership as a whole to sell the brand has helped in achieving revenues from this category of a touch over $40K. The organisation continues to benefit from the sponsorship revenue from a number of corporates, in particular from our major sponsors John Herber Limited, which provides much needed assistance to our revenue stream.

Congratulations to Valda Peacock of Waipawa and Alan Mc Quarters of Ashburton, both of whom were worthy recipients of the Queens Service Medal during 2012 for their services to theatre and the community.

During the 2012 year MTNZ farewelled two grand ladies of community theatre in New Zealand Nigella Cameron from Masterton and Rosemarie Toal from Greymouth. Both ladies made a HUGE contribution at both local and national level to the theatre community and will be very much missed.

Executive - 2012

Patron Donna Philpott QSM
Life Members Tim Blennerhasset, Jim Fenton QSO, Sandra Sewell, Shona Spencer, John MacGibbon, Kevin Murphy, Len Speir, Donna Philpott QSM, Ray Spence, John Antony QSM
President Ian Reid (Napier)
Vice President Lesley Reid (Napier)
Executive - Zone One Kevin Maddern (Pukekohe)
Executive - Zone Two Ngaire Holmes (Hamilton)
Executive - Zone Three Sharron Pardoe (Napier/Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Ross Benbow (Nelson)
Executive - Zone Five Helen Horsnell (Dunedin)
Administrator Kate Ghent
Membership: Society: 75; Corporate: 31; Education: 37; Associate: 11
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