Cur­tain falls but not all the way for cou­ple

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Toko­roa Lit­tle Theatre’s John and Vicki ten Velde have bid Toko­roa farewell af­ter more than 30 years.

The cou­ple, who were re­cently made life mem­bers of the theatre which they have been in­volved in for over 30 years, have de­cided to re­lo­cate to Tau­ranga to be closer to their fam­ily.

But it’s not a fi­nal good­bye as they will con­tinue to be in­volved in pro­duc­tions one way or an­other.

‘‘We prob­a­bly will get in­volved in theatre over there, we won’t be able to help our­selves,’’ Vicki said.

‘‘I do also still have some plans for here,’’ John added.

‘‘I’m cur­rently look­ing af­ter a script writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion which in­volves five judges and the or­gan­i­sa­tion of an awards De­ci­sions for the dis­trict’s fu­ture are made in the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil cham­bers so it was only fit­ting that those who will be it’s fu­ture vis­ited for The Big Latch On on Fri­day.

Nearly 30 mums and bubs gath­ered in the cham­bers for the an­nual in­ter­na­tional breast­feed­ing event which was marked by over 30,000 glob­ally.

The event was or­gan­ised lo­cally by the South Waikato Pa­cific Is­lands Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust in part­ner­ship with Women’s Health Ac­tion.

Co-or­gan­iser Mereau­mate Vano said the moth­ers had a great time get­ting to­gether for the event which kicked off the 2016 World Breast­feed­ing Week cel­e­bra­tions.

‘‘We are in our ninth year of run­ning the event which is all about breast­feed­ing and its ben­e­fits,’’ she said. night, and i’m also sup­posed to be do­ing sound for a pro­duc­tion at The Plaza in Putaruru.’’

‘‘In the next year I am look­ing at writ­ing a full length pro­duc­tion as well.’’

It’s been an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney at the theatre for the cou­ple who meet in Paeroa when John left Toko­roa in the mid 1970s.

They moved back to Toko­roa in 1986.

‘‘I have done act­ing, singing, di­rect­ing, light­ing, sound, set de­sign and build­ing, main­te­nance, just about ev­ery­thing,’’ John said.

Vicki said she has done just about ev­ery­thing too.

‘‘[Theatre] has just been in me from the time I was lit­tle.

‘‘When I was a kid I got my brothers to per­form show with me for our par­ents,’’ she said.

‘‘We have had some awe­some fun at the theatre and made so many friends.’’

She said one of the high­lights was di­rect­ing Bang Bang You Are Dead with sec­ondary school stu­dents roughly 10 years ago.

‘‘It was about school mass shoot­ings and the rea­sons be­hind them.

‘‘I had a great young cast and we did it here and at The Plaza. It was awe­some,’’ she said.

A stand­out mem­ory for John was play­ing an ex-all Black in Who Wants to be 100.

‘‘There are so many stand­out mem­o­ries but it was one of my best char­ac­ters and I re­ally en­joyed it. It was the main high­light as far as act­ing is con­cerned’’ he said.

‘‘We are re­ally crit­i­cal of each other and I think he was bril­liant in that too,’’ Vicki said.

‘‘All the sets have also been very mem­o­rable and I liked to set my­self a chal­lenge ev­ery time,’’ John said.

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