Curtain up on drama society play
Hilarious comedy is at Boyd’s Theatre tonight in the latest production for the Waihi Drama Society.
Curtain Up is directed by local Sara Single with cast and crew from Waihi Drama Society.
The light comedy deals with a man who dies leaving his old dilapidated theatre to the five women in his life — but why?
The combination of these women — his first and second wives, daughter, mother and a secretary will fight for the legacy and play a major role in the future of the theatre.
Tonight’s opening night is the culmination of many weeks of work by people rehearsing lines, movements and roles, constructing sets for the stage, setting up lights and putting together any special effects and sounds.
Waihi Society Drama president Kerry Single says there are many aspects to consider in a new production.
“Selecting, sorting and making costumes for the cast, then getting information out to tell people what is going on and where and when it will happen.
“Finally that night arrives and the seats are filled. The curtain goes up and the play is presented. The audience applauds, the cast take a deserved bow, the curtain comes down and the cast and crew breathe a sigh of relief with smiles and grins and laughter, knowing that the next night will be better but tonight was great,” he says.
Over the last 40 years, Waihi Drama Society has built up an impressive track record of productions.
“They have acquired the stage fittings, lighting, curtains, tracks, props, seating, wardrobes and costumes and all the other bits and pieces that are required to put together a production, be it a play, pantomime or a musical,” Kerry says.
The society is made up of people who enjoy all aspects of theatre, from working behind the scenes with set construction, costumes, makeup, lighting and sound or at the front of the house. Others enjoy being on the stage.
Curtain Up is written by Peter Quilter and is presented in association with The Play Bureau and Samuel French play publishers.
If you could help by filling any of these roles contact the Waihi Drama Society on 0274 521177.