Presidents Blog

This is my first blog since being elected President of the Society last week. Firstly I was to say that I was very honoured to be nominated for the role, let alone elected given that my wife Deborah and I have lived in Te Aroha for only two and a half years and my involvement in the theatre has spanned just two years. Having said that, I’ve enjoyed every minute.

My passion for the theatre started when I was just 16 years old and working as a trainee projectionist at Auckland’s St James Theatre. I had the privilege of working on sound, lighting and backstage on many local and international stage shows and instantly caught the show bug.

Belonging to the Committee, attending our Tuesday morning get-togethers and helping put together productions has been a ball. One of the biggest bonuses to being involved in our theatre has been the friends I’ve made and if what I’m writing here inspires others to get involved then great. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in years. If anyone’s looking for something to do for a couple of hours from 10am on Tuesday mornings, just pop down to the theatre and introduce yourself. Whether it be simply for some company or you’re keen on seeing whether getting involved with the theatre is for you, you’ll be made very welcome. I’ve been buoyed in recent weeks with the numbers of people turning up. It’s great to see.

One of the great privileges I had as newly-elected President was to bestow Life Membership on our own Ian Harrop. Ian has acted in over 40 productions at the theatre and directed 8 plays. Ian and his wife Liz have been extensively involved with the Society since 1975 and it was a great honour to present Ian with his certificate at our AGM on 10th April. More on this story will feature in the Te Aroha Mountain News in early May.

It’s an exciting time for our Little Theatre with Peter Pan – The Panto opening in late June. Not only do we have a large and diverse cast but the set, lighting and sound for this production poses a real challenge. It’s going to be a real blast if my reading of the script is correct.

John Watson

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