NEWSLETTER  February  2014

 Welcome to our first newsletter this year!  We report on award nominations for our recent production and bring you the exciting news about our shows for this year. 


Tara Soloman
At our January meeting, we farewelled Tara Solomon (pictured) from our committee.  Tara is moving to Warkworth with her husband, Abishek and daughter, Alisha, as they take up their ministry at the Mahurangi Methodist Parish.  Best wishes Tara and thanks for all you have contributed to Pilgrim!                        

 Good news for the new year is that Marie Goudge, a long time member of Pilgrim, has offered to come on the committee.  Marie took a leading role in Pilgrim’s first ever production, the musical  Ride!Ride! in 1978.  We are very pleased to welcome Marie as she brings a wealth of theatre knowledge with her. 



We are delighted to report that we have received the following theatre excellence nominations for our 2013 production of this wonderful play by Oscar Wilde. 

NAPTA Awards

Best Play

Best Director, Richard Purro

Best Supporting actress, Celeste Oram

Best Actress, Lynn Webster

Best actor, Chris Holdaway

Best costumes, Carole Evans

ACTT Awards

Best costumes, Carole Evans

Best female actor in a leading role – Celeste Oram as Gwendoline

 The NAPTA Awards will be announced on Saturday 15 February at a function at the Papatoetoe Cosmopolitan Club, and the ACTT Awards will be announced at a function at the Crowne Plaza, Albert Street on Saturday 8 March 2014.  Tickets for both events can be purchased via I-Ticket.


Members may recall that we were intending to do this humorous play by Mary Chase last year but were unable to secure the performing rights.  The good news is that this year we have been successful in securing the rights.  So this will be our main production in September this year.  We are delighted that Richard Purro has agreed to direct for us again. 


The auditions for Harvey will be held on Sunday 6 April at 2pm at Theatre Pitt.  The characters are:

             Myrtle Mae Simmons : 20ish. A social climber. Easily embarrassed.

             Veta Louise Simmons: 40-50ish. Myrtle's mother. A social climber, but ultimately a good person

             Elwood P Dowd: 30-40ish. Kind, friendly. Perhaps a dreamer (leading role)

             Mrs. Chauvanet: 50+. Old Money

             Nurse Kelly: 20s. Sweet, but easily baffled.

             Duane Wilson: 20-40. Hospital orderly and strong-arm. Very loyal.

             Dr. Sanderson; 30s. Professional, but a little too quick to jump to conclusions.

             Dr. Chumley: 50+ Director of a sanitarium. As friendly as his name would suggest.

             Mrs. Chumley: 40+. Understanding and patient.

             Judge Gaffney: 50+. No nonsense upholder of The Law.

             E.J. Loffgren: 30-50ish. Straight-shooting New York cabbie.

Please make these auditions widely known as this is a relatively large cast for us to find.  For further information, phone Richard Purro on 021 0472 391.



We are also pleased to announce that we have secured the rights to do the musical ALTAR  BOYZ in 2015.   We are in the process of putting together a fantastic production team for this musical and will bring you details of this at a later date.  We are still looking for a choreographer, costume designer and stage manager.  If you are wanting to be involved, please phone Marion Hines 376 6583.



Creative Drama Classes run by Thespianage are continuing at TheatreWorks, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead.  There are three levels of classes, catering for ages 7 - 18 years.  These classes run during term on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, depending on age.  The cost is $90.00 for nine weeks.  Robyn Donnelly (BSc, DipDrama) who has been teaching drama since 1997 is the tutor.  Contact Robyn on 444-2796 or, or go to



Ladies Down Under, Dolphin Theatre 15 February – 8 March

Pericles, Summer Shakespeare, Old Arts Quad Auckland University, 28 February – 22 March

Bookworms, Howick Little Theatre – 1-22 March

Mamma Mia, Auckland Music Theatre/Amici Productions, The Civic – 4-24 March

Kings of the Gym, Titirangi Theatre, 11-22 March

West Side Story, Centrestage Theatre, Orewa – 15-29 March

Take a Chance on Me, Ellerslie Theatre Company – 20-29 March

An Ideal Husband, Company Theatre – 29 March – 12 April



“It’s being here and now that’s important.  There’s no past and there’s no future.  Time is a very misleading thing.  All there is ever, is the now.  We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t re-live it and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”

George Harrison:  The Beatles