The next production at Te Aroha’s Little Theatre is Enchanted April by Matthew Barber from the book by Elizabeth von Armin.
The book gave rise to a movie in the 1990s which featured Miranda Richardson and Joan Plowright who won a best supporting actress Academy Award and was subsequently adapted for stage by Matthew Barber. The stage version ran for nine months on Broadway and was nominated for best play of the year.
Enchanted April is a humorous story of love, friendship and romance. Set during a 1920s' dreary, wet English winter in London, two disenchanted wives decide to take advantage of a newspaper advertisement and agree to spend a month's holiday in an Italian castle and villa without their husbands.
Once there with two other women who responded to their plea for travelling companions they are transformed by the castle's beauty and enchantment.
The cast includes newcomers Ivy Coombe, Anne Gelling, Kieran Watkins and Rita Geraghty along with the more familiar faces of Kate Remfry, Phill Palmer, Antony Jones and Barbara Handford.
Director Ian Harrop says the play stretches the bounds of the more familiar run-of-the-mill local productions but he is well-pleased with his casting and says they weave together a wonderful feel-good story of a time quite different than our own. “It's different but delightful, you'll love it” he says.
Stage manager Ron Handford has overseen the building of a fabulous set which is revealed in Act Two over shadowing the economy of Act One's story-telling multiple scenes.
Enchanted April opens on March 30 and runs March 31 at 8pm with a matinee at 2pm on April 1. April 5, 6, 7 and 8 performances are all at 8pm. Bookings can be made at Piako Stationery ph 8849110. Don't miss it.