AUDITION CALL: Calendar Girls

A Stage Door Theatre Company Production

  • Saturday 30th March
  • 2:30 – 5:00 pm
  • The Turner Centre

Come and try out for this famously quirky, poignant and hilarious play!

We have parts for 9 women, and 3 men, with ages ranging from tantalizing twenties to sensational seventies.

Performances will be on July 31st, Aug 1st, 2nd and 3rd.


Based on a true story…

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Another Fine Hellhole

Russell Hellhole of the Pacific 2019

Another year, another show. Russell’s annual street-theatre performances depicting the bawdy days of Kororareka of the 1830s played to good crowds over Northland’s Anniversary Weekend.

The cast was strengthened by numerous experienced actors from Kerikeri’s Stage Door Theatre Company who made the daily journey ‘overseas’ to support local whalers, sailors, scoundrels, rascals, townsfolk and Temperance Women.

Written by Sandy Myhre with Photos by Stephen Western.  

Hellhole of the Pacific 2019

Anniversary Weekend : Russell

Rehearsals are under way for the popular street-theatre Hell Hole of the Pacific event in Russell that re-enacts the bawdy days of Kororāreka of the mid-1800s.

The 30-strong cast has been strengthened by experienced actors from the Stage Door Theatre Company in Kerikeri.  The company’s last production was Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at the Turner Centre.

Stage Door Artistic Director, David Crewe, said the theatrical company is keen to present community theatre in all its form, not just big-name shows.

“Street theatre like the Hell Hole of the Pacific is a terrific idea and well established on the Russell calendar. It strengthens our collective acting skills and is so much fun to be involved.”

Hell Hole of the Pacific street theatre has three free performances daily – 10am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm – over Anniversary Weekend, 26th and 27th January 2019.

Call for Actors: Hellhole of the Pacific

Russell Hellhole of the Pacific are looking for actors for their 2019 event!

“We need Townspeople, Temperance ladies and bawdy sailors to take part in some awesome Street Theatre. It’s heaps of fun and a great way to spend Anniversary weekend.”

3 performances daily (each lasting about 30 mins)

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

Please email Cris on for more information.

(Publicity photo above taken at previous event)

Valentine Dinner & Show

Join us for a special, romantic night full of music, song, comedy and drama, all served alongside a sumptuous four-course dinner. Treat the loved one in your life and make this Valentine’s evening one to remember. Everyone welcome.

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Date: Thursday, 14 February, 2019

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Theatre Bar

Tickets: $70 per person

Visit the Turner Centre Box Office or book online here.

Valentine Night FB


Audition Call for Canines!

Do you realise that your dog may be yearning to tread the boards?

You can find out by bringing him or her along to audition for a role in the Stage Door Theatre Company’s next fun-filled production – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.


Director David Crewe said he was looking for a special talent to fill the part of the dog that the young Hoodies kidnap from the Sheriff. “This dog must be brave, lovable, capable of sniffing out the villains and above all aspire to follow in the pawsteps of canine stars such as Scooby-Doo and Lassie.”

All dogs are welcome to bring their owners along too. Auditions will be held in the car park of the Turner Centre at 10am on Saturday 27th October.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood runs from November 22-25 at the Turner Centre. Tickets on sale now from the box office or online.

doggie auditions

All About Pantomimes

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 ‘ROBIN HOOD & THE BABES IN THE WOOD’, ready for November 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 almost all 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!


22nd – 25th of November  |  The Turner Centre  |  Click here for tickets