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Auditions! Auditions! Auditions!

SUNDAY FEB 9th | 2pm | Turner Centre Theatre Bar

We are staging a Comedy Revue under the title ‘Exit Summer – Stage Right’ in April on Saturdays 4th and 18th. With five short plays there’s going to be plenty of parts – mostly for adults or some older teenagers.

And we’ll be raising money for Mid-Northland Hospice.

Parts are as follows:

A Matter of Husbands’ – with characters of a famous actress and earnest young woman.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ – with Romeo and Juliet of course , but much older than usual!

Code of the West’ :

  • The Chairman (the only one who speaks and from his script.

The following characters mime their parts:

  • Nell, a saloon girl with a shady past
  • Ricky the Rhinestone Cowboy, Sheriff and country singer
  • Nancy, barmaid, fancied by Ricky
  • Jack Pitt, hero, ranch foreman
  • Big Boss Kincaid, Jack’s boss rich and honest
  • Miss Jenny, heroine, Kincaid’s daughter
  • The Mayor, evil and greedy to get his hands on Miss Jenny
  • Big Dick, mean, moody and malevolent
  • Cowboys and saloon girls

‘Blind Date – The Aftermath’ – man and woman who have both been on a blind date.

The other plays are ‘Fourteen’ which has been cast and ‘Les Mis in 4 minutes’, which also has its original cast.


Come and try out for a part!

Any questions, please contact thestagedoorkerikeri@gmail.com

Call for Actors: Hellhole of the Pacific 2020

Russell Hellhole of the Pacific need actors for their 2020 event!

They are looking for townspeople and bawdy sailors to take part in some fun, historical Street Theatre, recreating episodes from Russell’s infamous past for visitors to the area.

PERFORMANCES: SAT 18th & SUN 19th JANUARY
x 2 performances daily

REQUIREMENTS
No experience necessary, but must be prepared to interact with audience, in character, during the performances.
Costumes provided.

Please email Cris or Les for more information:

Stage Door Events in January 2020

We have TWO fun things going on!

No 1 – THE STAGE DOOR ACADEMY

The first is a return of our Theatre Academy to keep everyone busy during the summer holidays learning some awesome theatre skills.

DATES: Mon 13th to Thu 16th Jan

TIMES: 9am to 5pm

VENUE: Northtec, Kerikeri

We’ll be running two groups according to age – 8 to 11 years and 12+ years.

There are day rates available for this Academy too:

  • $100 for the week
  • OR $30 per day

FOR ALL ENQUIRIES, AND TO BOOK, email thestagedoorkerikeri@gmail.com


2. THE WIZARD OF OZ AUDITIONS

We’re auditioning 7 to 17 year olds for our Youth production of The Wizard of Oz which will be showing at The Turner Centre in Autumn 2020, directed by Jackie Matthews.

DATE: Sun 12th Jan

TIMES: 2pm – 5pm

VENUE: The Theatre Bar at The Turner Centre

FOR ALL ENQUIRIES, AND TO REGISTER, email jacsmatthews@gmail.com

About Time for a Pantomime

Hurray! The silly season of saucy dames and thigh-slapping high jinks is almost upon us! The Stage Door is currently in rehearsals for our Pantomime ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’, ready for performances on December 13th – 15th at The Turner Centre, so we thought we’d look at where the pantomime comes from, and what makes a good panto.

Where does the name come from?

The term Pantomime comes from ‘Pantomimos’ – an Ancient Greek name for entertainment by a solo actor who performed all the roles. ‘Panto’ means ‘All’ and ‘Mimos’ means ‘Actor’. The modern form of the Pantomime, however, comes from 16th century Italian street theatre ‘Commedia dell’arte’ which had a fixed set of recognisable characters.

What makes a good Pantomime?

As with the Commedia dell’arte, there are conventions that many Pantomimes follow. Here are a few of them…

  • The main young man in the play (the principal boy) may be played by a young woman, and usually in tight-fitting male clothes (such as breeches).
  • An older woman (the pantomime dame – often the hero’s mother) is usually played by a man dressed as a woman, accompanied by some very flamboyant outfits!
  • Often the children do not understand some of the jokes in Pantomimes. They are cheeky ones just for the grownups!
  • The audience are encouraged to take part. For example, they call “look behind you!”, and “Oh, yes it is!” or “Oh, no it isn’t!” The audience is always encouraged to “Boo” the villain, and “Awwwww” the poor victims.
  • It is panto custom that the goodie always enters from stage right, and the baddie from stage left, a tradition that’s evolved from superstition of right signifying Heaven, and left all things Hell, witchy and wicked.
  • There is usually a messy scene, involving water, slime, bubbles or custard pies
  • Pantomimes are a lot of fun for the audience, and for the performers. They are traditionally performed around Christmas time to spread some festive cheer and get everyone in the mood for the holiday period.

And, if all that has whet your appetite, we invite you to come and join us!

SLEEPING BEAUTY

13th-15th December  |  The Turner Centre  |  Click here for tickets

SLEEPING BEAUTY: Tickets On Sale Now

Book tickets now for this fun-filled seasonal pantomime as The Stage Door Theatre Company put a new twist on this classic tale. Do the Fearsome Fairies defeat the wicked Malvoleena and her Hobgoblins in the Grisly Grotto? Why does Jolly Jack have to keep watering that strange plant? Who wakes the Princess with his kiss? Will the Cook catch the runaway chicken? All this, and meet Father Christmas in his grotto before the show!

  • DEC 13th at 7pm
  • DEC 14th at 2pm & 7pm
  • DEC 15th at 2pm

Tickets available through iTicket


Audition Update!

David writes on behalf of the audition team: “Massive thanks to all the 63 who came to the auditions yesterday, plus the other 4 who are still to audition yet as they couldn’t get there. We were blown away by the talent on display, lots of great new members to the ensemble too. Apologies for the long wait for some. Now a certain amount of work on the draft script is required as Sleeping Beauty is wide awake! We’ll be in touch with the casting soonest !”

ACADEMY PLUS – Theatre Workshop for Adults

Interested in acting? Want to brush up your skills? Stage Door launch Academy Plus.

As a result of demand, the Stage Door Theatre Company is launching a theatre experience for adults. Known as Academy Plus, it features classes by experts in acting, character, improvisation, stage movement, microphone technique, stage make-up and more.

The first of these takes place the weekend of September 14 and 15 from 10am to 4pm at Northtec, Kerikeri. Fee is $100 for the two days.

Following the outstanding successes of Shrek the Musical and Calendar Girls, we have had interest from more adults who haven’t been on stage since school, or who never have been, but who now want to be involved in our sort of community theatre here. This is for them and for our existing adult ensemble. It’s going to be a fun learning experience.

David Crewe, Stage Door Artistic Director

For information contact Joan on thestagedoorkerikeri@gmail.com