Pres­i­dent is en­thu­si­as­tic

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A non-per­former with good or­gan­i­sa­tion skills has be­come the new pres­i­dent of the South Can­ter­bury Drama League.

Chris Thomas, well known for his man­age­ment of events, such as the South Is­land Mas­ters Games, has taken over from Kevin Fo­ley who stepped down at last week’s An­nual General Meet­ing.

The un­con­tested of­fice will see Thomas head the league’s 250 fi­nan­cial mem­bers.

Thomas’s only foray onto the stage was in the mu­si­cal Show­stop­pers 2 in July.

‘‘It was a bit of a chal­lenge singing and danc­ing, other peo­ple are a lot bet­ter at it. It was a huge ef­fort from me to get up to the qual­ity re­quired. I’m bet­ter at or­gan­is­ing and I get more out of that.’’

Hav­ing been part of the back stage crews on a num­ber of pro­duc­tions since 2000, Thomas hopes to lead the league to build on its suc­cesses.

‘‘I’m en­thu­si­as­tic about live the­atre and the ex­cite­ment and magic that comes with live per­for­mances.’’

He wants to con­tinue to of­fer mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their skills.

The league cel­e­brated its 90th an­niver­sary this year. Thomas said its longevity was due to it be­ing a part of the com­mu­nity peo­ple wanted to be in­volved in. Though the league does not have the same big bud­gets larger cities have, Thomas said all of their shows main­tained a very high stan­dard.

Per­form­ing arts was now a ca­reer op­tion, mak­ing it more than just a hobby for young peo­ple, he said.

As the sea­son of play Mum’s Choir draws to an end on Friday, the league is work­ing on a mu­si­cal restau­rant, a trib­ute to World War I, a dou­ble ju­nior pro­duc­tion of Seussi­cal/Hair­spray and a pro­duc­tion of The Dar­ling Buds of May.

Chris Thomas

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