NEWSLETTER April 2016 Issue

Welcome again to our Pilgrim newsletter. What a feast of theatre is going on in our city right now! This year is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the greatest English playwright. No doubt many of you have been enjoying his plays at the Popup Globe in Aotea Square. Extended season now running.

Theatre Awards

Pilgrim members attended the Auckland Community Theatre Awards night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albert Street on 19 March. We had received nine nominations for our production of Scrubbers last year. Many clubs had marvellous productions last year and we applauded their success. It was not a year for Pilgrim to be on the podium but our audience feedback still told us that you thought Scrubbers was good, and that’s all that matters to us! 

* * * * * Production for 2016

We are very pleased to announce that our production for this year will be the Ronald Harwood play, Quartet. This is a charming play about aging opera singers who now live together in a retirement home for musicians. You may have seen the film by the same name?  Gwyneth Glover has agreed to direct the play and we are very pleased about that. The season will be 15-24 September.

Auditions For Quartet

We will audition for a cast for Quartet on Sunday 12 June at 2pm at the Theatre Pitt, 78 Pitt Street, Auckland Central.  Characters required are:

Cissie: 65 plus years of age. Warm, cuddly, vivacious, approaching Alzheimers

Wilf: 65 plus years of age. Warm, loves a rude joke, earthy, scruffy, but has charisma.

Reggie: Also elderly. Little sense of humour, stiff, refined, unassertive. Always neatly dressed. Disappointed with life.

Jean: Frail, uses a stick, has the manner of a 'grand dame' but is vulnerable.

2016 Touring Play

Our touring play this year will be The Guy with the Cardboard Christ. It will be directed by Marie Goudge. We will tour this play every Sunday in August. Expressions of interest in having this play perform during a church service may be made by phoning Marie on 835 1890.

Congratulations again Kerry!

You will recall in our last newsletter we reported that Kerry Thornton, a member of the Pilgrim committee, had secured a part in Henry V at the pop up Globe production in Aotea Square. We hope you got to see her.
Since then Kerry has had more amazing success. She did an audition for a company called the Celebrity Experience who run a showcase in Universal Studios, Los Angeles for the who’s who of Hollywood talent scouts, agents, casting agents, directors in July and January each year. They predominantly focus on children with a small adult section.
Kerry has been selected to go having got 1 of 200 total spots offered worldwide. She is one of 2 adults going from New Zealand. There were only 15 selected from over 300 auditionees.

So good to see our Pilgrim people succeeding in theatre!

Annual subscriptions now due

Subscriptions are now due for the 2016 financial year. The cost is $15 for single members and $25 for a couple or a family. Payment of a subscription entitles you to receive five newsletters each year plus a ticket at a concession price for our main production.
NOTE: The data collected from you as part of your membership will not be sold or made available to another organization.
Methods of Payment:

· Direct Deposit. Pilgrim Productions Inc bank account details are: ASB K'Road, Auckland: 12-3060-0224018-00 Ref: Subs and add your surname. Then email a copy of the bank deposit slip to or post the deposit slip to 3 Notley Street, Westmere, Auckland 1022 to enable our Treasurer to reconcile deposits against depositor's name.

· By Cheque: Download a membership form from our website, (or send with a covering note) and make out your cheque to Pilgrim Productions Inc and post it to the address above.

Coming to a theatre near you...

Playhouse Theatre - Rapunzel, Rapunzel a very hairy fairy tale, 23 April – 30 April
Harlequin Theatre – Jesus Christ Superstar, 20 April – 14 May
Dolphin Theatre - Crimes of the Heart, 29 April – 14 May,
Howick Little Theatre - The Perfect Murder, 7-28 May
North Shore Music Theatre – The Musical of Musicals, the Musical, 25 Apr – 4 May
Amici / Auckland Music Theatre Productions– Evita, 28 May - 18 June
Orewa Centrestage Theatre – Rent, 11-25 June

Thought for the day - Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865


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