Tokoroa’s theatre success
It was more than just Mum’s Fate that was held in the balance when a play by the same name was entered into the 2015 Bay of Plenty TheatreFest competitions held in Rotorua.
Following on from the premiere staging of the play as part of Tokoroa Little Theatre’s Onesies production in April, the local group packed their set and costumes into a van and headed off to the brighter stage lights of the city, where they hoped the work would be equally well received. And it was. Mum’s Fate returned to Tokoroa with three awards. Best Female Actor went to Melissa Isaacson, Most Promising Actor was won by Chad Goessi, and the play itself was nominated to move up to the regional competition to be held at Te Kuiti in August.
The play was written by John ten Velde, president of Tokoroa Little Theatre. He said the play was a comedy about two main issues: the final stages of grief and the Marriage Amendment Bill of 2014.
‘‘The idea of the story has come from my personal observations on the treatment of these two subjects by friends and family combined with the values and experiences I gained from two other plays I had a role in: Who Wants To Be 100? and A Time For Farewells.’’
Once auditions and casting were done, ten Velde asked the players if they would be prepared to enter the TheatreFest competitions in addition to the local showing.
TheatreFest is a one-act-play contest, held each year by Theatre New Zealand of which Tokoroa Little Theatre is a member.
Theatre NZ represents non-professional theatre societies throughout the country and fosters and mentors all aspects of community theatre, including performance, production, staging, design and script writing, through workshops and the annual TheatreFest.
In Rotorua, Mum’s Fate was presented to an audience of about 70 people in Shambles Theatre.
Mum’s Fate cast members Chad Goessi, Melissa Isaacson, John ten Velde (director), and Keith Mallett scoop up some serious prizes at the 2015 Bay of Plenty TheatreFest.