Well, what a fun month May was! We have doubled our membership size, met one of New Zealand’s finest actors, got a new website and some funky marketing underway for our upcoming production at the end of June, and witnessed an hilarious debate on whether ‘Life Imitates Art’.
Firstly, I am so pleased to say that we now have a second HaBYT group meeting on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm at Harding Hall. Ken and I met with an enthusiastic bunch of performers at NYDS in the April holidays then followed this up with an audition night at the start of the new term. Wow! There is some extraordinary talent in there! This new group are eager to learn and we have been exploring Brechtian performance styles in preparation for devising a piece of theatre for the upcoming ‘Theatrefest’ on the first weekend in August. I will keep you posted on our progress!
On Saturday 11 May, Cody Houlahan, Sarah Phillips and Bella Aarons came to see No Holds Bard with Ken and Annetta Keys and me. Not only were we treated to a phenominal performance with incredible characterisation and physicalendurance by Michael Hurst in this one man show, but we also sat down to chat with Michael about his work afterwards. What a wonderful experience, gaining personal insight into the process and the working life of an acclaimed New Zealand actor. I will be posting a review of the show by Bella soon, so watch this space!
May has also been a busy month for rehearsing and marketing our latest show, two short plays: ‘Wolf Boy’ and ‘100’ which we will perform at Nelson Theatre, Keirunga Gardens from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 June at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale from Hastings Community Arts Centre (thanks Lynn!) and Janeff Books in Havelock North (thanks Gareth!). If you haven’t bought them already, get onto it quickly as the theatre is a very intimate space with only 60 seats available per night. HaBYT members can come direct to me to buy tickets for parents and family ($20 Adults, $12 Students and Seniors). Look out for our super cool posters, flyers and billboards around Hastings and Havelock North which have been designed by the lovely Crystal at ADL Print and Ethan at Clever Dog.
Not to forget of course, the fun night we had on the very last day of May! Our very own Ken Keys debated alongside the wonderful comical talents of Ginette McDonald, Michelle A’Court, Mary Kippenberger and performance poet Keith Thorsen. Thanks so much to Cynthia Bowers who gave HaBYT students an opportunity to sit in the best seats of the house in the Assembly Room at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House for free! Another great opportunity to soak in, be inspired and entertained – never a dull moment in the HaBYT calendar!
So, what do you think about our new website by the way? This has been kindly sponsored by my lovely husband, Al of Alart Design It is still work in progress of course, but I would love your feedback. What are we missing? What would you like to see more of?