President is enthusiastic
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.