CHB Mail - 2021-10-14


Little Theatre back up and running


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The Waipukurau Little Theatre is alive and well — despite Covid’s best efforts. The latest production One Day I’ll Fly Away will open Tuesday, November 9 with some exciting new faces — and a welcome return of past players. Due to restrictions the seating has been altered to allow social distancing and the theatre is unable to offer a dinner night. However, once the lights go down there is no restriction to your enjoyment of this latest show. The play is a comedy-drama set in a respite care facility in the North of England and features one grumpy old lady with a broken hip, one rebellious teenager on Community Service, two nurses, a stroke victim and a helper addicted to gossip. This funny and poignant story follows the ups and downs of two of the women, as mutual dislike and mistrust turns into an unusual and heart-warming friendship. Following a well-earned break, Maggie Groom returns to the Little Theatre stage, together with several newcomers. Locals include Ashleigh McCormick, who works in partnership with her mum in their homebased health and beauty business, and Rosie White, a drama student at Central Hawke’s Bay College. Andrew Laird, another local, celebrates his first appearance on the stage since he was at college — a few birthdays ago. He shouldn’t be too hard to spot as he is the only male in the play. Neither Kate D’Ath, a farm manager, nor Kylie Vanston, a speech and drama teacher in Bridge Pa, are new to the stage, although this is their first appearance for the Waipukurau Little Theatre. They have both done theatre in the Bay and Kate has also been involved with Waipawa M & D. All evening sessions will be general admission with no seat allocation and start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. First come, first seated. Not wanting cost to be a barrier to seeing great theatre, the Little Theatre will again be offering a Pay What You Can Afford matine´e on Saturday, November 20 at 2.30pm, with doors open at 2pm. Tickets will range from $5 to $40. All you need to do is turn up, choose the ticket price that you can afford and pay at the door. New members are always welcome at the Little Theatre. If acting isn’t your thing, then perhaps lighting or sound is — here is the perfect opportunity to explore those interests.


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