NEWSLETTER  November 2013

Welcome to our final newsletter this year!  We report on our recent production and speak more about our plans for Pilgrim’s future. 


We trust you all enjoyed this wonderful play by Oscar Wilde.  We were very pleased with the audience numbers especially the three full houses during the season.  Our talented cast were an obvious draw-card in addition to the well-known play itself.

Our gratitude goes to Richard Purro who did a fantastic job for us again as director, and enabled the cast to grow into their roles and at the same time have fun doing it.   Audiences were united in their praise of the outstanding costumes made by Carole Evans.  Not only did Carole do all the costumes but one Saturday afternoon found her assisting the team with the set décor as well.  As if she didn’t have enough to do!  Thanks Carole.  

The entire cast deserve special mention for their professional focus in bringing to life Wilde’s well-drawn characters.  Their freshness  and energy at every performance ensured the familiar script lost none of its wit and sparkle.

The back-stage crew were a happy team under the able leadership of Mary Boyd as stage manager.   A big disappointment was that our Production Assistant and Properties person, Glenda Matchett, was hospitalized during the run.  Glenda had us all worried for a while but we are pleased to report she has recovered nicely.  Her absence backstage in the second week meant that Mary Boyd had to exercise her skills on the piano, as well as redirect the stage crew to cover for Glenda’s absence.  Well done Mary and team!

As always, the hard working committee gave their all and we appreciated the support from Pilgrim members and friends in helping us with publicity.   Thank you all!


In our last newsletter we shared some of the challenges we are facing as a theatre company and we sought your thoughts on the value of Pilgrim continuing.    We heard from no-one!

Our discussions are continuing and we would really appreciate hearing from any of you on the following issues:

  • the increasing number of theatre companies, both professional and amateur, operating in Auckland now;   Does this affect your decision to support Pilgrim?
  • the diminishing pool of technical expertise available to volunteer for amateur groups.   Do you know of anyone who could help in this area?
  • our inability to source good script material that supports our ethos and differentiates us from other theatre companies.    Is this important to you?
  • what is it about Pilgrim that encourages your support?

Please phone Marion on 376 6583 or email us at



Every time we do a show we need people to build a set and secure our audience seating plan.  Professional building skills are not required but holding a hammer the right way up is usually useful and operating a power drill is a definite bonus!  Can you help?  If so please let us know. 


Centrestage Theatre, Orewa -  Fiddler on the Roof,  2-16 Nov

Ellerslie Theatre Company  - The Dining Room,  7-16 Nov

Company Theatre -  Little Gem,   16-30 Nov

Dolphin Theatre  -  Calendar Girls,   16 Nov to 7 Dec

Papakura Theatre Company – Four Flat Whites in Italy,  23 Nov – 7 Dec

Mairangi Players – Cinderella the Pantomime,  6-14 Dec

Shoreside Theatre – Othello and Much Ado About Nothing,  18 Jan - 15 Feb

Auckland Music Theatre – Mamma Mia,  March 2014


We are approaching Advent and that time of year when we remember that God came to earth as a vulnerable child in the baby Jesus.  We can gladly leave behind the former age when all good was attributed to the gods and humankind was bereft of worth.  With the coming of Immanuel, God with us, all that is good now resides in humankind.  We are truly blessed.  We have been brought to fullness of life, abundant life!

We wish all of our members and friends a full and abundant life this Christmas and in the coming year!