Cur­tain up on drama so­ci­ety play

Waihi Leader - - News -

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.

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