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The Beverly Hillbillies

A great turnout…

A huge thanks to all the people who came along to our auditions for “LOOT” on Sunday – it was terrific to see some new faces (as well as a few old ones as well!). At the time of writing, we haven’t quite completed casting on this brilliant play, but should be in a position to announce the full cast in next week’s Reptalk – so watch this space!

Rehearsals for ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ continue with gusto and we’re just about ready to introduce some of the technical elements into the show. The smoke machine and chandelier will be collected later in the week – thanks to Amdram for supplying these – and the stage lights have now been rigged in preparation for Troy Taylor’s lighting design.

A huge thanks to Repertory stalwarts John McGowan, Martin and Frances Brown, Kerry Mountstephen, Sherman Page and Jill Johnston who all turned out in force on Saturday to help with the daunting task of painting the set. Fortunately the proverbial ‘many hands’ proved correct in this case and the bulk of the set painting was completed in a matter of hours. Very many thanks too to Howard Taylor who has been quietly working on the set all week transforming the interior of the Clampett cabin into a hessian-clad hillbilly hideaway.

There are a number of new people on board in this production, both onstage and offstage, which is brilliant, and the great thing about Repertory is that we are always eager to welcome new members in any capacity. In the run-up to and during the run of any show we always require front-of-house staff as well as backstage and technical crew (not to mention actors and directors) so if you ever fancy becoming involved at Repertory, simply send us a message via the Repertory website. Even if we’re not currently in the throes of production, we will always keep your details on file and get back to you accordingly.

Tickets for “The Beverly Hillbillies” are now on sale at the Wanganui Opera House, priced at $25 (with concessions available).

Shaila Hawkins as Ellie May Clampett in Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Beverly Hillbillies”. Photo Frank Gibson.