Play se­ries kept lo­cal from pen to stage

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

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.

For more visit the theatre on Face­book or phone 021 138 3856.

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