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The newsletter of Wellington Repertory Theatre Inc.
Vol 95 No. 6, October 2021

Dear reader


  1. President's Note
  2. Popcorn Wrapup
  3. Suddenly Last Summer update
  4. Spitfire Grill update
  5. Profile - Jen Goddard
  6. 2022 Submissions Reminder
  7. Join WRT as part of the crew
  8. 2021 Season
  9. Supporting Roles
    - What's on around the region
    - Gift Vouchers
    - Email Signup

President's Note

Welcome has been some time since our last newsletter, as the storm created by Covid-19 continues to buffet our shores. Still - Suddenly Last Summer is back on from October 20th - so it is not all bad! It does mean that we have had to shift our planned production of Spitfire Grill into 2022, but frankly it feels like we are lucky to be able to stage events and have an audience to view them at all. For those feeling hard done by, I guess we only need to take a look at our friends in Auckland to realise what the potential could be.

All the best to everyone...and we hope you manage to get out and support a show near you soon!

Nga mihi

Popcorn Wrapup

It may have been a while since this show was on the stage - but then again, this newsletter was supposed to have gone out some time ago (sorry all). Both as WRT and as cast and crew, we were really proud of this show. Its presence on stage was as powerful as we could have hoped for, with elements of humour, confrontation and shock for the audience mixed into a show that never gave anyone a break from the action for a moment.

For the co-Directors, Oliver Mander & Isaac Borgman, it allowed each of them to bring their own creativity to the stage. And for the cast...well, it was a rollicking adventure. Our special thanks go to Martin Hunt (Karl) who managed to die convincingly on the stage floor for 10 performances, as 'his blood' pooled around him during the interval. But also to Max, Sara, Jonathan, Stacey, Tammy, Kaley, Sophie and Amy - not to mention an energetic crew - thanks a bunch for getting this show back to a Wellington stage.
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Suddenly Last Summer update

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Spitfire Grill update
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Spitfire Grill will now be our first production of the 2022 season with run dates set for 23 March - 2 April 2022.

Further information, including character descriptions, is available on our website.

Profile - Jen Goddard

Jen has taken on directing this season's production of Spitfire Grill Read on to learn more ...

How many shows do you think you have been involved with?

This will be my twentieth show as Director. I have performed in thirty-five others. Add to that ‘nine
films,’ TV shows or ‘Mini-Series’ appearances and twelve ‘Made-for-TV’ adverts plus one to
advertise cricket and an associated bank, then I guess I have been there, done that.
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When did you first get involved in theatre?

I first became involved in school productions in England from about age six years. Just after arriving in Aotearoa (at age eleven) I auditioned for and got the role of ‘Oliver’ in Porirua Little Theatre’s production of the same name.
There was quite a break after that as life, whanau, and work commitments took over my world. However, I did stay in contact with music, through performing in bands, until one of those bands was invited to join the Life Flight Charity performances at the St. James Theatre. This was over 1990 & 1991.
In 1993 I was invited to join the cast of ‘Lock Up Yer Daughters’ with Opera Technique – thus re-starting my involvement with Theatre, which ran through to 2018.
I decided to step away from any type of theatre or performance in 2018, having lost my passion for it.

What is a recent "special moment" you have encountered in terms of theatre?
Recent is difficult. I guess deciding to step back into theatre and directing because I found a show, I believed in.

Why do you enjoy performing?

What is another hobby/interest you have that people might not know?

I love history and undertaking research around this. I intend to look at, and hopefully understand, more about Aotearoa, Te Ao Māori, and Te Reo, and our shared – and pre-European - history.
It is so important to have whakapapa. Unless we know where we have come how can we plan where to go? And if we do not know where to go, then any road will take us there.

Is there anything else about you that you’d like to share with our readers?
Community Theatre is hugely important. And needs to be more supported at the governmental level. But I also think that there is far too much emphasis on the ‘Theatre’ component and not enough on the ‘Community’ component. I have always used the term “Onto the boards – out of the courts” and although this comes from the term ‘Into sport out of court’ I believe that theatre provides a much wider opportunity for our whakatupuranga kà whai mai, our next generation, to be exposed to a wide demographic of our community, the dedication to a craft, and the learning of new skills. Where else do you have to go through a job interview, dedicate evenings and weekends for months to a single kaupapa, learn to support those others on – and off – stage. And give of yourself in front of a discerning public each time you perform?
Being involved in Community Theatre is being involved in all aspects of life and community. Skills learned there are transferrable – and relationships made there are often lifetime ones.

2022 Submissions - reminder!

Yes, it is that time again! WRT takes submissions at any time during the year, as it plans its seasons on a rolling basis. This year, we will look to make decisions by September and communicate our 2022 season by October At this stage, we already have two shows slotted for 2022. We can’t announce them yet, as we await performance dates, but we’re excited to bring them to Wellington! That means we are looking for two additional shows to complete our season. We encourage submissions at any time; even if the show might not be quite right for 2022, we are always looking ahead to future years.

Of course, there is some paperwork to complete to get organised. Visit the Directors page on our website to download the submission form – and get your ‘creative’ on! It’s also important to read and understand the Director Protocols and Production Manual (links contained in the submission form) – we operate in a very flexible way, but in all of our productions this helps ensure that everything that needs to happen gets done!
Join our team

Join WRT as part of the crew

Interested in being part of the crew for future productions? We want to hear from you!
The Wellington Repertory Committee is compiling a call list for those interested in helping out in areas such as stage management, lights, sound, props, production, music, front of house etc.
Contact us at and let us know what areas of production you have experience with, or are interested in learning more about.
If you haven't got experience, but you're keen to learn, we can help with that too!

2021 Season

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20 October - 30 October 2021
20-30 October 2021

Supporting Roles

What's On around the region:
New Players Theater CompanyMurder on the Menue by Devon Williamson(NZ), 29 September - 9 October, Gryphon Theater
Hutt Repertory TheatreBad Jelly The Witch Adapted by Alannah O'Sullivan from the book by Spike Milligan - 4 to 9 October
Porirua Little Theatre – Peter Pan Jr; the musical - 19 to 30 October
Kapiti Playhouse Murder By Chocolate by Phil Ormsby (NZ) – 4 to 13 November
Stagecraft Theatre Hangmen by Martin McDonagh – 17 to 27 November
Khandallah Arts Theatre It’s My Party (and I’ll die if I want to) by Elizabeth Coleman – 18 to 27 November
Realistic Golden Masks Composition
Gift Vouchers:
Did you know that you can buy Gift Vouchers for Wellington Rep?

Denominations are in $100 (for the Season Pass), $35, $30 or $25, with the ability to insert your own message into the voucher.

A great birthday idea!
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