Thursday May 24, 2018
Stagecraft making a scene for 60 years
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Stagecraft’s long-serving venue manager Joy Hellyer with the four Musketeers from a 2010 show (from left) Mark Da Vanzo, Allan Henry, Ben Haddock and Andrew Goddard. PHOTO: Supplied
Members of Stagecraft Theatre will be making a bit of a scene this Queen’s Birthday Weekend, when they gather at the Gryphon to celebrate their diamond anniversary. The non-profit incorporated society was founded in 1958 by Keith M. Bennett, who was also heavily involved in the early years of the fledgling New Zealand Ballet and Opera companies in the 1950s. Its goal was to provide a training ground in all aspects of theatre. “I believe Keith Bennett and his fellow pioneers would be thrilled, and surprised, to know that, 60 years after they set up in Ghuznee Street in a derelict house, Stagecraft would still exist and what’s more, perform its shows in a real theatre just down the road,” says Stagecraft President, Sam Perry.
Kilbirnie’s Joy Hellyer works as Joy), Enron, Pride and Prejudice an account manager for a local (co-written by Joy) and A Middesign company but has volun- summer Night’s Dream. They are currently in production teered at Stagecraft for more than for King Lear. 10 years. Joy’s work as venue manager Her first roles included stage managing and prompting but is unpaid and takes up many she soon joined the Stagecraft hours per week, negotiating hire, committee which led to work in showing hirers round the venue, managing much of the day-to-day checking it when they leave and running of the Gryphon as well being on call for any issues with as myriad events and activities for the building. She was recognised as a life Stagecraft. Her design company contacts member of Stagecraft in 2017. Stagecraft will be celebrating have led to the highly professional poster designs Stagecraft, as well its 60th with a diamond-themed as its photo shoots for productions. party and an afternoon tea for Come and enjoy the innovative fresh takes on Shakespeare Joy is one half of one of Stage- members. by students from aroundand Wellington Region! craft’s most performed talented directing Sponsors supporters will be duos with PaulDates: Kay. Joy and Paul’s invited a VIP gala performance Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11,toThursday 12 April 7.00pm productions have included The or ofDoor its current Book via eventbrite.co.nz Sales production, Brontë Three Musketeers by Polly Teale, on May 31. Tickets:(written $12 Adultsby $10 Concessions & SGCNZ Friends
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