First show at new the­atre space

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - By CHRIS STEEL

Ex­cite­ment is mount­ing with the de­but per­for­mance at Katikati’s new per­form­ing arts cen­tre — the Junc­tion The­atre — next week.

The old Katikati li­brary in main­street has been trans­formed into a plush the­atre at the Arts Junc­tion, with a stage and seat­ing for up to 70.

Katikati The­atre will be the first to test the new mul­tipur­pose space per­form­ing A Walk in the Woods, which opens on Wed­nes­day. The play com­bines clas­sic fairy tales in one zany hour and a half show by Deb­bie Met­zler and directed by Eryl Ray­mond. Katikati The­atre Chair­man, Cherie Baun­ton said they are ex­cited to be do­ing the first per­for­mances in the Junc­tion The­atre.

“The play was cho­sen as it is a fun show suit­able for all ages and a fam­ily event be­fore Christ­mas.”

Katikati The­atre is pro­vid­ing much of the equip­ment such as light­ing and stag­ing, which was needed to fur­nish the space as a per­form­ing arts venue. She said the Junc­tion The­atre is not Katikati The­atre group’s own fa­cil­ity, but is shared with the com­mu­nity.

“We hope to see the space used by other per­form­ing arts groups, as well as for cinema and ex­hi­bi­tions.”

Katch Katikati’s Jacqui Knight said the Junc­tion The­atre will be a great as­set to the Arts Junc­tion fa­cil­ity and to the com­mu­nity.

“We have kept it (the­atre) as flex­i­ble as pos­si­ble so it can be used for ex­hi­bi­tion space as well as film and stage.”

The the­atre is avail­able for hire with fore­see­able uses be­ing mu­si­cal per­for­mances, dance per­for­mances, drama, film etc.

Jacqui said it would be great to have a film so­ci­ety or group set up in Katikati to run dif­fer­ent films.

“Per­haps themed nights or week­ends. Ed­u­ca­tional film nights or spe­cial in­ter­est screen­ings — there are oo­dles of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the fa­cil­ity to be used.”

There will be four evening per­for­mances on Novem­ber 28, Novem­ber 29, Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 and Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 at 7.30pm and one af­ter­noon show at De­cem­ber 2 at 2.30pm. Tick­ets are $15 for adults and $10 for chil­dren, from the Katikati In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre at the Arts Junc­tion. Cash or cheque only.

The old li­brary is be­ing trans­formed into a plush new the­atre at the Arts Junc­tion.

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