Welcome to this month’s Civic Chat. Rehearsals for Steel Magnolias are well underway, the set is up and the lights are due to be hung. The girls know their lines and some are learning how to do the necessary 1960’s hairstyles — remember the high teased and sprayed bouffant!
Doors open for this show at 7.30 on Thursday December 3, plus Friday and Saturday, matinee Sunday December 6. Then after a few nights rest it will open again the following Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 at 7.30pm.
Tickets sales open shortly both on line at www.otakiplayers.org and will available at Otaki Printers opposite the theatre.
The ceiling in the Boulevard Bar has been repaired and now it’s time to paint the room and freshen it up! Other renovations discussed at the recent committee meeting included revitalising the upstairs seating, these probably date back to the theatre’s early years and overdue for a new look. As the Civic is a registered heritage building we’ll be looking at what grants would be available to do the work. Another point raised after our last production was the difficult access to the toilets. The committee has noted this difficulty and will be working with KCDC, the building’s owners, to see if we can make any improvements. Meantime the public toilets in Memorial Park have electric lights installed and are open during shows.
On a downside, the glass panel in one of the front window display boxes has been broken in a vandalism attack. As the perpetrators also damaged the frame, this now becomes an expensive repair.
Two productions for 2016 have been confirmed, with Rent directed by Tua Faavale in late July and beginning of August and a kids’ show Bugsy Malone directed by Paraparaumu’s Madi Potiki-Grayling. Madi was last seen as feisty local girl, Cindy in Whistle Down the Wind. This will require a cast of 25–30 young ones ages seven to 15+ and will be onstage late November early December next year.
Don’t forget, Steel Magnolias opens in five weeks, tickets available very soon, make it your workplace Christmas outing and come join the fun.