Two en­ter­tain­ing shows

Coastal News - - News - By ALI­SON SMITH news@coastal­

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.

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