Hall play an ab­so­lute treat

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

Any­one and ev­ery­one in­volved with the Mata­mata Dra­matic So­ci­ety pro­duc­tion, Take a Chance on Me, can take a wellde­served bow.

This Roger Hall play was an ab­so­lute treat and I take my hat off to di­rec­tor Chris Stead for tack­ling this am­bi­tious piece which in­volved no fewer than 150 light­ing and sound cues, as well as light­ning-fast prop changes that left au­di­ences in no doubt as to which char­ac­ter’s home they were a col­lec­tive fly on the wall at any given time.

The cast was su­perb, with all eight play­ing their roles with skill, great tim­ing, com­mit­ment and patent en­joy­ment.

Spe­cial men­tion must be made, how­ever, of cast mem­bers Re­becca Carter and Garry Snape who each played mul­ti­ple roles (with ob­vi­ous rel­ish), never slip­ping out of char­ac­ter once.

While most would have seen this pro­duc­tion as a com­edy – and, yes, I was dou­bled up on many oc­ca­sions – with happy end­ings, the heart­break, un­cer­tainty and pain of lost re­la­tion­ships was han­dled sen­si­tively, pro­vid­ing plenty of pause for thought.

Chris, cast and crew – thanks for two hours of great theatre. July 2009 and I have many fond mem­o­ries of the ac­com­plish­ments there.

Cus­tomers, it has been a plea­sure serv­ing ev­ery sin­gle one of you. Big thanks to those of you who made a dif­fer­ence to my day with a lovely smile (you know who you are).

Team, I want to thank you all for the op­por­tu­nity to work to­gether and for wel­com­ing me and for teach­ing me so much about this fan­tas­tic busi­ness.

Big thanks to those who looked af­ter me when I was at Waikato Hos­pi­tal for four days. That’s just amaz­ing help­ing some­one es­pe­cially when fam­i­lies are too far away. I am go­ing to miss you all. If you need to reach me, my con­tact in­for­ma­tion is Cas­tro1238@hot­mail.com

Best wishes

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