Mor­rie to hit stage

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

A new­comer to the theatre in­dus­try will stage a world­wide best­selling book for the first time in New Zealand.

New­mar­ket Stage Com­pany’s Adey Ram­sel and Sharu Delilkan have been given the tick of ap­proval from United States au­thor Mitch Al­bom to per­form the widely-ac­claimed Tues­days with Mor­rie.

It’s a coup for the com­pany, co-pro­ducer Delilkan says, be­cause it will be just its sec­ond pro­duc­tion.

How­ever, there was a bit of a ner­vous wait – Al­bom had gone fish­ing and pro­duc­ers had to await his re­turn for a de­ci­sion, Delilkan says.

She’s stoked to have the writer’s ap­proval as he has cre­ative in­put into how the show is staged around the world.

Tues­days with Mor­rie was a New York Times’ best­seller and is based on Al­bom’s re­la­tion­ship with his univer­sity men­tor Mor­rie Schwartz.

Mt Eden’s Ja­son Te Mete plays sports jour­nal­ist Al­bom and shares the spot­light with Ge­orge Henare as the ail­ing lec­turer.

Te Mete, 33, trained as a mu­si­cian in Welling­ton and worked his way into the mu­si­cal theatre scene.

He says the story deals with death and how to be a bet­ter per­son but is a mes­sage many can re­late to.

Tues­days with Mor­rie runs June 5 to 21 at The Fac­tory Theatre, 7 Eden St, New­mar­ket.

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