We’ve been asked to participate in a video for a song to inspire hope for the future in these unsettling times. The song has been written by Swiss musician, Camille Bontempo, and her music video will be made up of lots of little video clips from young people all around the world. Exciting!
You can do a little dance, paint a happy picture, hold up your favourite teddy bear, dress up as a superhero, play an instrument – pretty much anything you like. Go wild!

DEADLINE for submissions: Sun 26th April

Here’s some more information from Camille:

Hello! Thank you for taking an interest in our “Hope Song” project!

The Project: Camille Bontempo (Swiss artist) is working on the composition and recording of a song on the current situation that we are experiencing with the Covid-19 epidemic and confinement measures. The aim of the song is to transmit messages of hope.

In light of the situation, we are looking for images to add to a music video (that we will produce with the means available to us, and will upload to YouTube and other media platforms).

We are specifically looking for videos of children, to express the link that they create with their family, friends and neighbours (from afar), and the world during the confinement period. Children represent the future, and it is their smiles and messages of hope that we would like to share through this project.

The content of your video can be related to a movement in your town or country (such as the rainbow-drawing project in the UK, or the teddy bears in NZ) or to a personal story, or you can simply film your children can simply holding a sign with a message of hope or thanks (or a word such as “hope”, “future” or “courage”) in your language, for example. Other ideas are welcome. Let your kids be spontaneous! They often have original and creative ideas!

It would be great if your video showed the actions carried out from both sides. For example, if your children put up a drawing in the window, it would be good to see the result from outside the house or apartment (but only if you live on the ground floor, please don’t put yourself in danger !).

If your family would like to participate, we have included some tips for making a good video below. –

IMPORTANT: If you wish to submit a video, please send an email with your permission for us to use your images (we need to have the authorisation of a parent or legal guardian to be able to use images of children in our music video).

– We’d like to include the first names (or “stage names”) of the children participating in the video and their ages (if they are close in age, please indicate who is who in the video), and the name of the place/town in which the video is filmed.

Please send this information to us at the following email address:

– As video files are too big to send directly by email, please use a (free) video transfer site such as WeTransfer to send us your files (don’t forget to include your permission for use of your video in your email). – Parents and pets can also participate in the video (though preferably in the background, as children are the subject of the song. Parents holding their babies, for example, can appear in the foreground though)

– If you or your kids don’t want to show your identity in the video, you can always wear a fun mask or half-mask, or even face paint.

– Here are a few handy tips for making a good video for the project:

1) Hold your phone horizontally.

2) Try to film on a sunny day or when the light is good (if you’re filming indoors with the lights on, please make sure that the video is not too dark).

3) Try to keep your phone steady while filming (if needed, you can put it on a stand or sit on a chair to make sure the image is stable).

4) Use the maximum resolution on your phone.

5) Film in several sequences of 30 seconds/1 minute or more (we’ll sort out the editing afterwards).

6) Film from several angles, with a shot of the activity as a group (if more than one participant) and with close-ups of the individual faces (especially expressions).

7) Start filming before the action begins. – Please try to avoid showing any brands in the video.

 – Depending on the number of participants (and if we continue to receive submissions after the music video has been completed – feel free to talk about our project with your family and friends, and share this email), we may make several videos (a main music video and several alternatives (a bit like Pharrell Williams did with the song “Happy). We may continue to make alternative videos over the course of several months after the release of the song.

– Once the music video/s has/have been released, we’ll let you know by email. If you like the result of our project, please share the video/s with your family and friends.

A huge thanks in advance to all our participants. Let your creative juices flow and take care of yourselves! We hope that our project will bring a smile to faces around the world in these difficult times! The Bontempo Team

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

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.

x 2 performances daily

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!


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



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


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!


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 !”