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2018 was a busy year with the highlight being the opening of the Junction Theatre in Katikati Arts Junction which is now home for Katikati Theatre.

While the cast of the Dinner Theatre production, “Family Spirit”, were into rehearsals a small enthusiastic group from Katikati Theatre entered a contest participating in a 24hour Play Challenge held at Riverlea Theatre in Hamilton on 25th and 26th of May. Julie Thomas, Di Logan, Barry Magowan and Tracey Carter wrote a 10 minute script which was based on 10 lines of given text and three props, which they performed in front of an audience competing against several other drama groups. They all enjoyed the challenge of improvisation and would be keen to repeat the experience. Those who were at our social evening in January enjoyed this group’s reenactment of their play “Quietus”.

Katikati Theatre began in March 2010 when thirteen people attended a public meeting to consider the viability of a theatre group here in the town. Instead of residents travelling to Tauranga and Waihi, we agreed we had sufficient talent, experience and enthusiasm to start our own group. 

Those who came were so keen to begin that workshops were organized; these consisted of play readings, theatre games and improvisation. 

Well, maybe not quite, but we certainly moved around.

With no theatre of our own we mounted productions in all sorts of venues: An empty building which now houses a restaurant, (“Barry, A Day in the Life’); two productions performed in Katikati Primary School hall, (“Gallaher” and “Dr Joe’); a cafeteria, (Come into the Parlour”); historic St Peter’s church and the Omokoroa Settlers’ Hall,(‘A Christmas Carol’); the Talisman Hotel,(two seasons of Pub plays) and of course, our Dinner Theatre at the Forta Leza Restaurant.

Katikati Theatre Inc is an enthusiastic drama group based in Katikati that was formed in March 2010 after thirteen local people, committed to seeing live theatre in the district, gathered together and agreed to start a local drama group.

At the time, the group had no equipment, but have since purchased comfortable seats, lights, curtains, props and an ever-increasing costume collection. In 2016 we purchased two shipping containers and these house our equipment, seats and costumes. 

Well, what a year we have had for a theatre group that has no home!

Two performances of ‘Pub Plays’ at the Talisman restaurant in March, which proved to be such a success we have just finished two more evenings this month. The plan behind this idea was to try and introduce the stage to people who never been to a theatre as well as introducing us to a different audience, and from the feed-back we have received we appear to have succeeded.