Civic Chat

F_R_CIVICWith the holiday season moving into “distant memories” it’s been back to work for the committee preparing for the busy year ahead.

But first — the great news!

Two weeks before Christmas our president, Rob Heather, received a call from Wellington’s Circa Theatre — “we’re replacing the seats in theatre one, could you use them – they’re free”

Of course the committee responded in the affirmative, fast! Circa dismantled the scaffold-like structure and Rob had organised for a carrier to collect and bring to Ōtaki. Two and half loads later, they are in the Civic theatre, ready to be assembled. So there’s a working bee scheduled for January 31 at 1pm, when one of Circa’s crew will be there to assist with the setting up. So downstairs — no more straight backed chairs that shifted around! I can assure you the new ones are comfortable and soft, having recently taken grandchildren to see Robin Hood there. Hopefully we can do the upstairs seats as well!

From the beginning of March our first show is a New Zealand Festival (formerly Wellington International Arts Festival) production Wave, the story of Alice Mary Cooper the woman who “invented” the dolphin swimming stroke, now known as butterfly. This one woman show will be staged here in the Civic on March 2 at 7pm.

This closely followed by auditions for this year’s musical Rent, which will be held on March 5 from midday onwards. There are plenty of roles, mixed ages male and female, and a large chorus with a variety of parts. Director for the show is Tua Faavale — most recently seen in the role of the convict in last year’s production of Whistle down the Wind, musical director Graham Orchard. This will be on stage July-August. Then the third Maoriland Film Festival will be screening in several venues, including the Civic, from March 22‑27, over Easter weekend.

And sandwiched in between will be the society’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 13 at 4pm, with presentation of reports and election of officers and committee.

So with a couple of busy months ahead, until next month.