Election murder winds-up theatre group’s busy year

Rehearsals for Candidate for Murder, directed by Richard Boyle, are well underway.

The Warkworth Theatre company is wrapping up a busy year with a comedy murder mystery next month, with performances in both Warkworth and Matakana.

Candidate for Murder, written and directed by Richard Boyle, opens at a election candidates meeting. During the meeting, someone mysteriously dies and it seems everyone has a motive.

A local Cluedo, who thinks he is a detective, along with his friend Dr Watson, steps in to try to solve the case before the police arrive. Was it the singer, the waiter, one of the candidates or maybe a member from the Legalise Nudity Party?

The audience, who are invited to take along their own dinner, platter, snacks and drinks, will be asked to help solve the murder.

Candidate for Murder will be on stage at the Warkworth Town Hall on November 8 and 9, and the Matakana Hall on November 13. All shows start at 7pm and tickets are available from www.wwtheatre.co.nz.

The Warkworth Theatre Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Company chair Lee-Anne Scarth says that in April, a Plethora of Plays was a celebration of short plays, which gave existing members, and many new members, an opportunity to be on stage, operate the lights, and help out backstage and front of house.

“In August, The Ghost Train was a fitting winter play to celebrate our anniversary, as the play was 100 years old,” she says.

Planning for next year is well advanced with the first show being Calendar Girls – a poignant, funny play commemorating the very first charity calendar, which will be directed by Richard Hutchinson.

Auditions for the play, which will be on stage in April, will be held on November 20 and December 2.

A pink ribbon breakfast will be run in conjunction with the event, raising money for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

In winter, Warkworth Theatre will present two one-act plays and then celebrate the end of next year with a fun 80s-themed variety show.

Scarth says Warkworth Theatre membership continues to grow and new members are always welcome to join whether it is on or off stage events.

“We regularly run play reading evenings just for fun and often have socials, either at the Tahi Bar or by going out to other companies’ productions.”

More information can be found at: wwtheatre.co.nz or to enquire about Calendar Girls specifically, email production@wwtheatre.co.nz