Play series kept local from pen to stage
It may share the same name as a popular type of pyjamas but there’s no time for sleeping when it comes to preparing for the Tokoroa Little Theatre Onesies.
Auditions will soon start for the five-part one act play series which will hit the stage for three nights from June 28-30 with a matinee also on July 1.
The plays are the winners of the theatre’s 2016 script writing competition and three have been written by Putaruru writers and two by Tokoroa writers.
Theatre president Chad Goessi said it would be the theatre’s second Onesies series in recent years and with a range of roles on offer for males and females, as well as a play exclusively for teenagers, he’s expecting interest to be high.
‘‘A couple of years ago we decided we needed to boost our numbers so the way we thought we’d do that was through one act plays and a playwright competition,’’ he said.
‘‘We invited South Waikato residents to submit new works in 2016 and we got some very good plays for this year’s Onesies.’’
He said the plays have been written by Melanie Allison, who won the youth category, Steve Hill, who has written two of them, Graham Lauder, and Shaun Parkinson. Themes run from teenage love issues to humorous reminiscing.
‘‘They are all around 20 minutes long and we run auditions in a fairly low-key manner,’’ Goessi said.
‘‘We tend to get everyone to sit around in a circle to read segments of whatever play is being read, swap lines around, and whoever reads it the best is going to get the better chance of being on stage.’’
He said the theatre also has plenty planned for those wanting to be involved backstage with upcoming workshops for the likes of lighting and sound technology, makeup, props, and set construction and painting.
‘‘The problem is we have lost a number of experts in the last three or four years with people retiring or leaving town and we need to replace them,’’ he said.
‘‘If we have to pay tutors and experts from out of town then that is what we will do because we have to build the level of expertise.’’
‘‘We’d like to do four workshops a year minimum so that we can have three or four experts in each department rather than just one,’’ he said.
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