Rotorua Musical Theater’s Big Open Theater Weekend is fun for all


A public rehearsal of “Song Contest – The Almost Eurovision Experience” is part of Rotorua Musical Theatre’s Big Open Theater Weekend. Photo / Provided

Auditioning advice, afternoon tea, song learning and a live rehearsal are all part of the fun as the Rotorua Musical Theater opens its doors to the community this weekend.

The Big Open Theater Weekend takes place across New Zealand tomorrow and Sunday, and Rotorua Musical Theater is getting in on the action with some great opportunities.

Shona Clout, Training and Mentoring Coordinator, says this year the theater has three exciting productions in the works.

These include “Song Contest – The Almost Eurovision Experience” in March, “Streakin Thru The 70s” in July and “The Color Purple” at the end of the year.

“We can’t do productions without people, so come see how you could get involved, try an audition, maybe learn a song, or even catch a live rehearsal.”

She says if you’ve ever thought about auditioning but aren’t sure what to do, then the theater’s audition workshop is the place to be tomorrow.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m., the workshop starts around 10:30 a.m. and continues until 1:00 p.m.

“So how about having afternoon tea with some of the best people in Rotorua Musical Theater – our Lifetime Members? Come join them from 2-4pm.”

There is also the opportunity to learn a song from the year-end musical ‘The Color Purple’ from 4-5.30pm tomorrow.

In rehearsal now is the show ‘Song Contest – The Almost Eurovision Experience’, directed by John Drummond.

“Have you ever wondered what happens at a rehearsal? So come on Sunday, meet the cast and watch the rehearsal from 1-2pm.”

Shona says everyone has something they love to do, whether it’s good or not, and theater has so many different roles that need to be filled.

For example, it could be a secretary, someone to make props, someone to sew, someone to build, or people on stage.

“So it’s a great environment that everyone can get involved in and a place where the whole family can do what they love.”

Shona says theater always needs new people because they bring new ways and new ideas that allow theater to diversify and evolve.

“It then allows us to do different musicals where people can learn from each other. It gives a safe environment for people to just try.

“Hence this weekend, where people can come and experience the ways of theater in an interactive environment.”

For more information and to register for a workshop, email [email protected] People can also show up the same day.

Vaccination records will be required to attend.

The details
– What: Grand Theater Open Weekend – Rotorua Musical Theater
– When: Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6
– Where: Casablanca Theater, 122 rue Riri
– Free


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