Two entertaining shows
From Calendar Girls to the can can — rehearsals are in full swing for two local productions with very different subject matter but equally entertaining performances in Whangamata¯ and Tairua.
The Whangamata¯ Theatre Society is hosting Calendar Girls — the popular stage play based on the 2003 film of the same name — while Tairua Heritage Players performs A Night of Golden Memories, a play about Tairua in the late 1800s written and directed by local woman Auriol Farquhar.
Both shows are being held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 22, 23 and 24. Tairua’s A Night of Golden Memories will be at the Tairua Community Hall and Calendar Girls — which features an additional matinee on Saturday 24 — is at the Whangamata¯ Hall.
Anne Hunter, who is directing and playing the lead in the Whangamata¯ Theatre Society’s show, says it has been a mammoth community effort, particularly due to the props required.
“This show more than most has thousands of props, so the props team has had to rise to the challenge. The Menzshed has done a fantastic job for us and we’ve had professional artists in town painting for us,” she says. “It’s a wonderful play and very meaningful for a lot of people because so many are in touch with others that have cancer, and it’s a funny but poignant play about this.
“All our funds are going toward the Lions Cancer Lodge as our chosen charity and tickets have already sold out for Saturday night.”
In Tairua, Auriol Farquhar has written a collection of sketches and presented these alongside many favourite old songs, with the play loosely based on characters who lived in Tairua from 1875 to 1890. It is in music hall format, rich with songs and humour, including a somewhat unusual rendition of the Can-can.
“The Tairua Heritage Players formed last year to tell the stories of the town in drama and music, and give opportunities to the town, including the school students, to learn about and understand our past,” Auriol says.
■ Tickets for A Night of Golden Memories are available from the Tairua Information Centre (at Tairua Library) and include a light supper, cash bar and musical medley by ‘Accordionaires’ in the interval. The show is sponsored by Twentyman’s and TCDC and all funds go towards establishing a small Heritage Centre in Tairua, which will continue to tell the story of the town’s rich and unique history. Tickets for Calendar Girls are at Whanga Books and on the door. The Bar opens from 6pm.
A Night of Golden Memories will start at the Tairua Community Hall on November 22. Pictured is Tairua’s old mill.
Calendar Girls which is being performed by the Whangamata Theatre Society will start on November 22.