After a busy time the curtain came down on Whistle Down the Wind, after 12 shows of wowing audiences of all ages. With the full cast of 40 talented old and young people singing the story of the small Louisiana town and their battle between good and evil it was declared a great show and cast. Almost half had never been on stage before!
Ōtaki Players were very privileged, unlike some amateur companies to have the live orchestra, under musical director Graham Orchard. It was a wonderful production by director Rob Heather and assistant direct and choreographer Tua Faavale. Thanks go to all the set builders, costumiers, backstage and front of house crews. Without our sponsors and supporters we couldn’t stage these magnificent shows. Thank you all.
Already preparations for the end of year production are underway. The all-woman cast of six are well into rehearsals for the comedy Steel Magnolias with director Peter Edwards. The Thursday Boys building crew are well into the set construction. The play is set in a southern Louisiana hairdressing salon in the 1960’s. Giggles and laughter is promised. Several of the cast members are new to the Ōtaki Players; Abbie Brown, Erin Lindley, Jackie Tesorerio and Dominique Ware, with Sandra Vidulich and Teresa Sullivan returning. There will be seven performances between December 3–12.
For 2016, OPS have been granted the rights to the musical Rent directed by Tua and Graham as musical director in July–August. Hopefully there will be a children’s production at the end of year. The NZ Festival of Arts will stage the production Waves at the Civic at the beginning of March and the Maoriland Film Festival at the end of March.
An extraordinary General meeting in August saw committee officers voted in: president – Rob Heather, vice — Peter Edwards and treasurer — Graham Orchard, all of whom had been “acting” since the AGM in March. Busy but productive and great fun — that’s why we come back again and again and again.