Membership Renewal 2020
ETS needs your support which you can give by renewing or by becoming a new financial member, attending the shows and participating in our productions in the areas of activity outlined on the membership form. The membership year is from the 1 January to 31 December each year.
As a member you will:
Receive regular newsletters and audition notices.
Be able to participate in ETS plays and social functions.
Receive a discount on ticket purchases.
Support your local, non-profit, theatrical society.
Senior Citizen $10.00
You can pay via internet banking by following our guide here. This is the easiest way to pay.
Alternatively you can download our membership form here.
If you can't pay online, you can post a cheque to Treasurer, ETS, 40 Michaels Ave, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051. If you are interested or willing to participate in any aspect of the theatre, please let us know by ticking or adding your interest on the membership form.
Call for Directors 2021 and 2022
Call for Directors 2021 and 2022
Applications are invited from Directors who would like to present a play, or selection of plays, to be considered for the Ellerslie Theatrical Society 2021 and 2022 seasons. Applications close on Saturday 27 June 2020. Expressions of interest are also invited to direct the Christmas Float in 2020, 2021 and the first play of 2022.
Tentative dates are:
Christmas Float 2020
Sunday 1 December
Main Bill 1 - 2021
Season 11 to 20 March
Audition Saturday 7 November 2020
Rehearsals start Tuesday 5 January 2021
Main Bill 2 - 2021
Season 10 to 19 June
Audition Saturday 12 March 2021
Rehearsals start Thursday 1 April 2021
Main Bill 3 - 2021
Season 26 August to 4 September
Audition Saturday 12 June 2021
Rehearsals start Tuesday 22 June 2021
Main Bill 4 - 2021, The Ellerslie Festival of One Act Plays 2021
Season 11 to 20 November
Audition Saturday 28 August 2021
Rehearsals start Tuesday 7 September 2021
Christmas Float 2021
Sunday 7 December
Main Bill 1 - 2022
Season 17 to 26 March 2022
Audition Saturday 13 November 2021
Rehearsals start Sunday 9 January 2022
Help With Set Building 2020
HELP WITH SET BUILDING IN 2020
The dates for set builds for 2020 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 email@example.com 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 2020 are:
Main Bill Two ~ CANCELLED
Main Bill Three ~ CANCELLED
Main Bill Four ~ PROOF (to be confirmed)
Saturday 10 October
Saturday 17 October
Saturday 24 October & Sunday 25 October
Saturday 31 October
Pack-out Sunday 15 November
Members who volunteer for crew roles receive two complimentary tickets to the show.
Informal Play Reading Group 2020
Informal Play Reading Evening
The Informal Play Reading Evenings have been postponed until further notice. Ellerslie Theatre takes the health and welfare of our members, volunteers and guests seriously. We follow Ministry of Health advice on COVID-19 regarding social distancing. There are pre-existing conditions for a few of our volunteers and the uncertainty of who may be present makes us join all our friends who have had to make the same decisions in being mindful and vigilant.
Join ETS for a relaxed evening as we read some fantastic plays together. This informal group meets periodically to give members the opportunity to read or listen to both complete plays, and interesting excerpts. New participants are welcome, and play suggestions are also invited.
These are the readings and dates scheduled for 2020.
THE SECRET GARDEN - POSTPONED
An adaption of Frances Hodgson Burnett's much beloved children's classic adapted by Neil Duffield and written for a cast of 7 men and 12 women. Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, is sent from India to live at her uncle�s estate in England after her parents pass away. Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress. Her uncle is rarely home, and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he�s an incurable invalid. To her surprise, Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. With the assistance of Dickon, the gardener�s apprentice, Mary brings the garden back to life and discovers Dickon�s amazing ability to communicate with animals. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and to reunite him with his father.
ALYS, ALWAYS - POSTPONED
Written by Lucinda Cox, based on the novel by Harriet Lane. A psychological thriller excavating the fault lines that separate the entitled from the rest. Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She's quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an overturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys's famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself ushered for the first time into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what will it take to belong?
THE VILLAGE CHURCH and BABY DOLLS - POSTPONED
Two one-act plays by Tamara von Werthern.
The Village Church - A short play about faith, families, and fitting in. Tom and Marie, a couple in their sixties, have just made the move from London to a small village in the countryside. And everything's different out here. Marie is getting involved with the church community, just to find her way into village life. But Tom is a committed atheist, and a bit of a hermit. He won't listen to reason. Until events intervene, and he discovers a faith that's stronger than anyone expected.
Baby Dolls - A futuristic comedy about conception, state control and rebellion. Three women meet at a baby shower. But darker things than cupcakes and babygrows are on their mind.
There are plenty of parts for readers, and listeners are also most welcome. RSVP for numbers or enquiries to Jocelyn McQuaid 09 626 3070 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Taking a little something for supper would be appreciated.