NZ ac­tress coaches Mata­mata thes­pi­ans

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - REXINE HAWES

‘‘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.

CHRIS SKEL­TON

Ac­tress Jen­nifer Ward-Lealand will be lead­ing a work­shop in Mata­mata.

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