NZ actress coaches Matamata thespians
‘‘The workshop fits beautifully with the dramatic society's programme this year.’’
Even experienced thespians need training in how to fine tune their stage skills.
Auckland-based tutor Jennifer Ward-Lealand is holding a Craft of Acting workshop in Matamata at the Little Theatre.
The Matamata Dramatic Society has 14 keen thespians attending who are busy learning their script lines.
During the weekend of April 29-30, Matamata will be buzzing with drama as she takes actors through their courses.
With Ward-Lealand’s extensive experience in stage, television, film as well as directing, the students will no doubt be inspired.
Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, she has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, and radio for over 30 years.
In the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and the community.
Television and webseries include Full Frontal, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and The Almighty Johnsons and Dirty Laundry.
She is currently working on the new New Zealand feature film Vermillion.
Workshop organiser Colin Kemplen says the public is invited to drop in to the theatre between 10am-4pm.
He says bookings are not required, but there will be a $5 door charge.
‘‘The Craft of Acting Workshop fits beautifully with the dramatic society’s programme this year,’’ said Kemplen.
‘‘The day after it finishes auditions are being held for the Short n Sweet, 10-minute play festival that goes on stage at the end of June.
‘‘And as part of her reporter challenge series, Chronicle reporter Rexine Hawes will be there in a bid to make her theatre debut,’’ he said.
Auditions for Short n Sweet will be held at the Short Street Little Theatre on May 1 at 7.30pm.
The Short n Sweet Festival will be held on June 29 - 30, and July 1, with the matinee on July 2.
Actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand will be leading a workshop in Matamata.