Curtain going up in Rolleston

by Kent Caddick

Three Rolleston couples have combined their talents to help establish the town’s first theatre group.

Phil Dean and Courtney Hyde, along with Darren and Carla Weber, and Glen and Claire Clark, are behind the establishment of CentreStage Rolleston, which is already planning its first production.

The three couples have been previously involved in other Selwyn theatre groups including Kirwee Players, as well as having experience with other theatre groups in and around Christchurch. 

Phil Dean, policeman by day and director by night, said as they all lived in Rolleston ‘we thought the town needed its own theatre group’.

“While we had all been working with Kirwee Players over the last couple of years we wanted to do something in our own community.

“We want to provide a creative outlet for Rolleston–based performers.”

Mr Dean said they started up a Facebook page and more than 200 people had registered their interest.

The group has already selected their first production, the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Auditions will be held in July, with the performance to be held in the Rolleston Primary School Hall in November.

Mr Dean said one of the things the group was aware of was there was no purpose-built public performance space in Rolleston.

“Any theatre group would love to have its own venue and we will be working with the council and other groups to see if we can establish a performance space.

“With theatre we can work with any performance space we can get. It’s not like rugby, when you need a set size field and goal posts at either end.”

He said by 2020, they hope to be doing three shows a year with musicals, kids’ theatre and dramatic pieces.

For more information on the group can be found on their Facebook page