Orewa’s Centrestage Theatre is looking forward to welcoming people back to watch live performances, starting this month and hopes that the community can contribute memories of lockdown to its first show.
Appropriately, the theatre is raising its curtain on a community-focused Covid Cabaret: Songs from the Lockdown.
Theatre manager Stephanie McKellar says Michael Sanders, well known for directing many Centrestage pieces, wanted to create a cabaret on the lockdown theme to be presented in the theatre’s foyer.
“Songs such as I want to Break Free, as well as I Will Survive and Empty Chairs and Empty Tables are among those that seem appropriate,” Stephanie says.
In between songs will be a selection of lockdown stories, poems and memories that the theatre is hoping to gather from the community. These will be spoken/performed by the actors.
“We would love people to send us in their lockdown stories, whether they be happy, sad, poignant – or even a piece of creative writing created through the lockdown,” Stephanie says.
Creative artworks made during lockdown can also be displayed on the theatre’s mezzanine floor.
Stephanie says the theatre has lost substantial income due to lockdown and is waiting to hear what effect Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget has on its finances. Meanwhile the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board voted at its June 18 meeting to bring forward Council funding for the theatre, $12,983, from its Asset Based Opex Budget, from July 1.
If you would like to submit memories, stories, poems or other creative work from lockdown to the theatre, please do so by Monday, July 6.
The Covid Cabaret will be on at the theatre from July 16-18.
Info: email email@example.com or phone the theatre on 426 7282.