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Committee Meetings - 2017

Committee Meetings 2017

Time 7.30pm
Venue Michaels Ave, Ellerslie

Monday 27 February
Monday 27 March
AGM Monday 10 April
Monday 1 May
Monday 29 May
Monday 26 June
Monday 24 July
Monday 4 September
Monday 2 October
Monday 30 October
Monday 27 November - Final meeting for 2017

For Enquiries please call 09 525 3336

Help With Set Building 2017

The dates for set builds for 2017 are listed below.

You don’t need tools – though it could help if you can bring a battery-powered drill and any other small tools you own. You do need a willingness to do two things: first, to work on producing high-quality stage sets; and, second, to join in discussions and to put forward your own ideas on how best to achieve our aims.

The set builds are on Saturdays, starting from 9am and going on to around 5pm. You don’t have to work all those hours. Any time you can put in is great, although you should know that we generally stop around 12:30pm for lunch prepared and supplied by ETS, so you won’t want to miss that.

We’re a friendly bunch of people with varying skill levels, and the set builds are both challenging and fun. If you can come, email David Blakey or text/call 027 495 3794 in advance, so that we can plan the day – and include you in the lunch.

The set build dates for 2017 are:

Feb/Mar 2017 - Boys at the Beach
Saturday 25 February
Saturday 4 March
Saturday 11 March
Pack-out Sunday 26 March

May/June 2017 - Festen
Saturday 20 May
Saturday 27 May
Saturday 3 June & Sunday 4 June
Pack-out Sunday 18 June

The Ellerslie Festival of One Act Plays 2017 - no set builds

Oct/Nov 2017 The 39 Steps
Saturday 14 October
Saturday 21 October
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October
Pack-out Sunday 19 November

Ellerslie Festival of One-Act Plays 2019

Ellerslie Festival of One-Act Plays 2019 — 22 to 31 August 2019

The ETS One-Act Play Festival has provided playwrights with an opportunity to see their work leap from page to stage and new directors the chance to be mentored through the production process. Submissions are now open for the sixth biennial Festival in 2019.

Invitation to Directors
. Have you ever thought about directing a play but never had the chance?
. Are you an experienced director who would like the challenge of a one act play?
. Are you a drama student looking for an opportunity to practice what you've learnt?
. Are you an actor who wants to give directing a go?
. Have you written a One Act Play that you would like to direct or have someone else direct?

ETS is now inviting applications from experienced and new directors for the Ellerslie Festival of One-Act Plays 2019. Application forms and criteria can be downloaded from this link.

. Performances must be between twenty and forty minutes duration.
. Preference will be given to new plays, emerging directors or established directors mentoring emerging directors.

Entries must be received by 28 February 2019 – please post entries to the Secretary, Ellerslie Theatrical Society, PO Box 11432, Ellerslie 1542 or email to

If you require further information or need assistance with the application please email

Call for Directors 2019 and 2020

Call for Directors 2019 and 2020

Applications are invited from Directors who would like to present a play, or selection of plays, to be considered for the Ellerslie Theatrical Society 2019 and 2020 seasons.  Applications close on Saturday 22 June 2018.  Expressions of interest are also invited to direct the Christmas Float in 2019 and the first play of 2020.

Tentative dates are:

Christmas Float 2018
Sunday 2 December

Main Bill 1 - 2019
Season 14 to 23 March
Audition Saturday 10 November 2018
Rehearsals start Sunday 6 January 2019

Main Bill 2 - 2019
Season 6 to 15 June
Audition Saturday 16 March 2019
Rehearsals start Sunday 31 March 2019

Main Bill 3 - 2019 The Ellerslie Festival of One Act Plays 2019
Season 22 to 31 August
Auditions Saturday 8 June 2019
Rehearsals start Monday 17 June 2019

Main Bill 4 - 2019
Season 7 to 16 November
Audition Saturday 24 August 2019
Rehearsals start Tuesday 3 September 2018

Christmas Float 2019
Sunday 1 December

Main Bill 1 - 2020
Season 12 to 21 March 2020
Audition Saturday 9 November 2019
Rehearsals start Sunday 5 January 2020

If you wish to direct a play at ETS, please download our application form. Or for more information email

Ellerslie Santa Parade 2017

The Ellerslie Business Association's

Spread the Christmas cheer and join in with the Ellerslie Business Association’s Santa Parade. Come and support ETS as we traverse the main highway or perhaps even help us build our festive float.

Contact Rona Colbert for more information 09 525 3336 or email