This year is the 130th anniversary of the formation and first production of the Waipukurau Drama Club in 1893.
We are excited to announce that our plan to mark this milestone is to reproduce that first production as our end-of-year show for 2023.
The entertainment will consist of two, one-act ‘comediettas’ or farces. The first one, ‘Done On Both Sides’, was written by John Maddison Morton, a popular playwright of the Victorian era. The second, ‘Box And Cox, Married And Settled’ was written by J. Stirling Coyne and was itself produced as a sequel to an earlier work of Morton’s.
In addition to the two plays, the 1893 production at the Waipukurau Town Hall included two short musical pieces by instrumentalists of the drama club. We hope to be able to present the same pieces performed by members of the CHB orchestra.
Other ideas for the production include a Victorian theme throughout, an optional period costume competition and a black-tie Gala Opening Night with additional music and treats. More details as the year progresses.
Ladies, dig out your great-grandma’s bustles; Gents, start growing those ‘mutton chops’. This should be a fun evening!