Civic Chat

F_DE15_Steel-Magnolias-Poster.jpgThe end of the year is drawing closer and closer and it’s a busy time at the Civic, with our end of year production Steel Magnolias into the final rehearsals before opening night on December 3, the set is finished, a highlight — the wonderful hi tech mirrors which allow the audience to watch progress as the clients have their hair done! This play is as billed as “the funniest play ever to make you cry” and is suitable for a mature audience.

The play is based on a true happening and written by Robert Harling in memory of his sister who died after a failed kidney transplant. Set in the mid1980’s the action takes place in Trudy’s beauty salon in Louisana, as her clients and neighbourhood people come to the salon for their hair do’s. The film version of this story came out in 1989, with a then little known Julia Roberts.

With three members of the all women cast who have never trod the boards it has been a big learning curve, but the lines have been learnt and costumes fitted, so it’s time to put the final polish on stage, ready for opening night.

Show nights are December 3,4,5,10,11 and 12 at 7.30pm and Sunday Dec 6 at 2pm. Tickets are available from Ōtaki Printers Main Street Ōtaki phone 06 3647361 or through the Players website,

On the not so pleasant note, following breakage of one of the display cabinets, somebody recently jemmied open the door to the former hair salon and stole the NZ Transport Agency’s screen showing the design of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressway. Police have been notified of both instances.

Following the committee’s October meeting and query about the lack of access to a disability toilet, we have made inquiries of council and have received the information that the regulations for disability toilets is not retrospective (to old buildings), we are not required to have one available, the theatre building is compliant as it stands. However the committee is looking into possible alternatives for show nights.

An end of year members get together is being planned — newsletter out shortly, and planning for 2016 is well underway, with confirmation the International Arts Festival production Waves will have two shows in the Civic at the beginning of March and the popular Maoriland Film Festival will be back at the end of March.

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