The­atre group still op­ti­mistic

Big year planned

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The show must go on for Porirua Lit­tle The­atre.

The the­atre troupe’s pres­i­dent, Sandy Brewer, said de­spite the sit­u­a­tion with the Marines Hall, its for­mer home, which is now due to be de­mol­ished, plan­ning was well un­der way for two large-scale pro­duc­tions this year.

In April, Porirua Lit­tle The­atre and Trust Porirua City Brass will com­bine to present Voices From The Front at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

It will be a mu­si­cal com­mem­o­rat­ing 100 years since the Gal­lipoli cam­paign. Then, in Novem­ber, the troupe will part­ner with an Auck­land group to bring Evita to The Opera House in Wellington.

‘‘Both th­ese shows are hugely ex­cit­ing for us,’’ Brewer said.

‘‘It’s a chance for us to up­skill, work­ing with ex­pe­ri­enced direc­tors and pro­duc­tion peo­ple, and for our peo­ple to shine on stage.

‘‘Things might not be the best for us in terms of our home, but we’re pas­sion­ate about putting on shows.’’

Since the Marines Hall’s clo­sure in 2012, Porirua Lit­tle The­atre has been homed in the old Pete’s Em­po­rium build­ing in Lyd­ney Pl.

Brewer said it was small, but the group was grate­ful to own­ers Porirua City Coun­cil and had made it work.

Be­cause it is a com­mer­cial premises, how­ever, there is al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity a per­ma­nent ten­ant could be found and Porirua Lit­tle The­atre would have to move out.

Find­ing a new and last­ing home in its 65th year of op­er­a­tion would be at the top of the agenda when the troupe holds its an­nual meet­ing next month, Brewer said.

She said other halls in the city and even in­dus­trial parts of Porirua were be­ing looked at. Tireti Hall was one pos­si­bil­ity.

The door was not com­pletely closed on the Marines Hall, de­pend­ing on the out­come of the coun­cil’s re­source con­sent, Brewer said.

De­spite the sit­u­a­tion, a group of pas­sion­ate peo­ple will en­sure the the­atre has a fu­ture.

‘‘We have to keep on keep­ing on be­cause we’re at the top of our game right now.

‘‘What has hap­pened in the last two years has been dis­heart­en­ing, but Porirua Lit­tle The­atre has a ded­i­cated au­di­ence base from across the re­gion and we don’t want to let them down.

‘‘We’re keep­ing pos­i­tive.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Still hop­ing: Porirua Lit­tle The­atre pres­i­dent Sandy Brewer out­side the con­demned Marines Hall, which she be­lieves is still an op­tion as the the­atre home.

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