Curtain falls but not all the way for couple
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.