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