Lit­tle Theatre rapt to be stag­ing Evita

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Porirua Lit­tle Theatre has scored a coup in win­ning the right to stage Evita. Theatre pres­i­dent Sandy Brewer said there had been a limited re­lease of the An­drew Lloyd Web­ber/Tim Rice show to am­a­teur dra­matic so­ci­eties around the world this year.

The theatre will cel­e­brate its 65th birth­day this year in some­what con­strained cir­cum­stances, be­causeof the un­cer­tain fu­ture around the Marines Hall in Ti­tahi Bay.

‘‘We were re­ally de­lighted to be able to get the op­por­tu­nity to put it on,’’ Brewer said. ‘‘It’s a great way to cel­e­brate 65 years.’’

The Lit­tle Theatre will team with Auck­land group Am­ici and the show will be per­formed around the coun­try with lo­cal casts.

It will play at the Welling­ton Opera House in Novem­ber.

Cast­ing would begin shortly, she said.

There had al­ready been a lot of in­ter­est in the ma­jor roles of Eva and Juan Peron, and nar­ra­tor Che Gue­vara.

The theatre’s 65th year would be ‘‘mas­sive’’, Brewer said.

In ad­di­tion to Evita, the group will per­form Voices From the Front as part of the Gal­lipoli com­mem­o­ra­tions, along with the Porirua Brass Band.

That will also be part of Porirua City’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

Brewer said it had been dif­fi­cult mak­ing the tran­si­tion from the Ti­tahi Bay Hall when the coun­cil de­cided not to strengthen it, but the pop-up theatre in the city cen­tre was work­ing out well.

Porirua Lit­tle Theatre had al­ways been in its Ti­tahi Bay home, and used it ex­clu­sively since the 1970s.

It had re­cently made a ma­jor in­vest­ment in air con­di­tion­ing, which it was still pay­ing for.

Demon­stra­tion: Nutcha Manorat will run a Thai pup­peteer work­shop at Pataka.

De­lighted: Porirua Lit­tle Theatre pres­i­dent Sandy Brewer.

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