Whakatane chosen to host theatre festival

Date published: July 18, 2012 at 8:50 am | Comments

WHAKATANE will host the Festival of Community Theatre’s upper North Island regional final next month.
Theatre Whakatane committee member Ritchie Tidd has been working to secure the event, which will be held over two nights on August 24 and 25 at the Whakatane Little Theatre.
He said he was very excited to see what talent the festival would attract to the town.
Hopes were high the event would become an annual one for the region.
The Festival of Community Theatre is held annually throughout the country. There are four regions: Upper North Island, Lower North Island, Upper South Island, and Lower South Island.
Competitors need to first impress at their local district competitions to gain entry to the regional festival, with the aim of then being selected to perform at the national finals – and ultimately to become the outright winner. The most notable past winner was playwright Witi Ihimaera with an early stage version of Whale Rider.
The Bay of Plenty district competition is being held at the Te Puke Intermediate Performing Arts Centre on August 3 and 4. Whakatane will then host about eight teams, all vying for their chance to progress to the national finals, which will be held in Hastings in September.
For those who love the performing arts, the Festival of Community Theatre provides a good forum to gain experience and hone their skills. The purpose of the festival is to encourage learning, sharing and communication. All participating groups receive an assessment of their performance, creativity and technique from a professional adjudicator.
As well as promoting the performing arts, the festival also offers an opportunity for performers and creative teams to receive constructive feedback, observe their peers and gain experience in creativity. As well as being great fun, it is competitive – ensuring high standards and a good evening of entertainment.
Other than stipulating that presentations must involve at least two performers, there are very few restrictions, even on the very nature of the presentation. Audiences should therefore be prepared for drama, dance, comedy, musical acts or even mime.
The festival is open to the public and shows start at 7pm.
For more information, go to www.theatrewhakatane.org.nz or www.theatrenewzealand.co.nz.

Source: Whakatane Beacon