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The newsletter of Wellington Repertory Theatre Inc.
Vol 96 No. 3, May 2022

Dear reader


  1. President's Note
  2. The Spitfire Grill - WRAP UP
  3. AGM Summary
  4. Auditions coming soon for Apartment
  5. Rope - Update from the directors
  6. Coming up in 2022
  7. Supporting Roles
    - Pricing
    - Gift Vouchers
    - Email Signup

President's Note

Kia Ora all...

Welcome to May! I'm not sure how the middle third of the year has rolled around so quickly but there you go. It has been a real highlight to see The Spitfire Grill on the stage, at what turned out to be the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. The show was well-received; read on below for a few highights!

Now, we are busy preparing for Rope and Apartment - two completely different styles of show in the Wellington Repertory calendar. Rope is a British murder-mystery thriller; must the thing to get your mind working on a winter's evening! Apartment represents something a little different for WRT; supporting the development of a local script by Wellington playwright Tama Smith.

Tickets are available for both now!

WRT has suffered, like many, from the long shadow of Covid-19 cast across what we do. Like many, we long for the day when we can plan for an event without having to consider Covid-19. Here's hoping! In the meantime, the recent move to the 'orange' traffic light settings mean that WRT will no longer enforce a vaccine pass to enter our shows. We'll continue to follow government guidelines and mandates as required.

Ngā mihi

The Spitfire Grill - WRAP UP

"This slick production of a gem of a musical is well worth a watch."

If the oine sounds familiar, it's because I sent the quote from the same review out in the last edition of Repertoire! The review from Regional News said it well.

What struck me, as an observer from side stage, was the authenticity and intimacy of both the music and the characters. As always, there are plenty of people to thank - the cast, the crew, the Director - Jen Goddard - who brought her vision to life on stage. But for The Spitfire Grill, it would be remiss of me to not reserve a special mention for the band. Kathryn M, Kathryn E, Nathan, Rob, Saar and Tom - all ably led by nusical director Jen Church - you formed a soulful and perfectly pitched backing track to the drama playing out on stage.

Many audience members had never heard of the show, but came away pleased that they 'took a punt' by seeing something new.

The Spitfire Grill highlighted, more than most shows, the interwoven nature of preparing a production; it is never just about the cast on stage. They only shine because the crew and supporters behind the scenes work together to make them shine.

And shine they did! We loved your work...The Spitfire Grill will live in my head for a very long time.

Oliver Mander,
Prod Mgr
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AGM Summary

Thanks to those who attended our AGM towards the back-end of March! We'd like to formally welcome Amy Bradshaw and Sheree Phillips onto the WRT Committee!

If you'd like to get involved, drop a line to Funnuly enough, there is always plenty to do....!

Auditions for Apartment!

A reminder, just in case you have not seen our social media messages - register TODAY for auditions for Apartment! Full details are available on the website at this link, including a show synoposis, character descriptions and even an online audition form :-)!

Auditions are THIS WEEKEND - Sunday, May 8th - so get your skates on if you want to express an interest!
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Rope - rehearsals.

We are now halfway through rehearsals of Philip Hamilton's fine play. After one of the original cast had to withdraw, we have been fortunate to gain the acting skills of Tim Macdonald in the role of Raglan. Welcome on board, Tim!

First staged in 1929, "Rope" has all the qualities of a mystery from the Golden Age of British crime writing (think Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh ... ). But with one big difference: the shocking action at the centre of this drama is loosely based on a real event that made international headlines. And the story still packs a punch. "Rope" serves up a potent cocktail of vanity and cruelty that continues to delight modern audiences. Have you ever heard people talk about something called 'toxic masculinity'? Look no further ... this play is Exhibit A.

Our excellent cast has already got the basics of their characters well in hand. In the next few weeks, the performances will be further fine-tuned. By opening night on 1 July 2022, you will be taken into an elegant London apartment from the Jazz Age, where you can meet our moral monsters. (And, please, as with all plays of this kind, once you have seen it through, don't tell others the ending!)

This production runs for most of 2 weeks (1-11 June 2022). And because the country is now on the 'Orange' traffic lights, we are back to full capacity houses, so please feel free to bring friends and family.

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Coming up later in 2022

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The Apartment - written & directed by Tama Smith

When: Aug 3rd - 13th

WRT is proud to be supporting this brand-new New Zealand play. It tells the story of residents of an apartment block in Wellington, set against the trials and tribulations of the Covid-19 restrictions. A must-see show for '22!
Avenue Q - directed by Ewen Coleman
Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty

When: Nov 23rd - Dec 3rd

A well-known favourite makes a return to the Wellington stage. Not the show for your own 'little monsters', even if most of the characters are based on Sesame Street! Fun and entertaining, while still highlighting some serious themes, the show drips with sarcasm and parody.
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Supporting Roles

Price Changes
After many years, WRT has reluctantly increased its standard ticket prices, to take effect from our second production (Rope). Covid-19 is a factor in this, but so are the gradual increases in underlying costs of staging our shows. The increase is only $2.50 - but remember that our 2022 Season Pass is a great way to beat the increase!
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!
Email Signup:
Is there anyone you can think of who might want to join our "behind the scenes" mailing list? If so, they can signup via our website - keeping them informed as to the latest and greatest at Wellington Rep!
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