Theatre group proposed for Wanaka area


The sounds of musicals could soon ring out over Wanaka.

Tanya Rinehart and Abigail Hurford-Abel, both of Wanaka, are reaching out to the local community to be part of a new group focusing on musical theatre.

“We decided instead of complaining or wishing someone would start a musical theatre performance in Wanaka, we would just do it ourselves.”

A post on social media last Tuesday generated a large amount of interest and many people were quickly in touch, Mrs Rinehart said.

“It’s got a lot of good, positive feedback at the moment, so I’m hoping the momentum keeps going.”

The aim was to make it “a real community effort to make something big happen”, Mrs Rinehart said.

“We went to the Oamaru production of Mamma Mia and just were blown away by how good the quality was.

“We know we have the talent in Wanaka to do something like that, so we decided we just need to pull all these amazing talented people from the community together.”

As well as studying musical theatre and vocal performance in Colorado, Mrs Rinehart had more than 15 years of amateur and professional theatre experience, she said.

But the pair realised many different skills were needed to put a show together.

The next step was to invite the community to a meeting at the Wanaka Arts Centre on August 30, which they hoped anyone interested would attend, she said.

for a show they wanted to bring to Wanaka, and had been in contact with a licensing agency, “but we want to keep it quiet until a few more things are happening”.

“We honestly [weren’t] expecting this much excitement about it. We just wanted to get an idea of who would want to be a part of it.

“We’ve got so much community support already. It has been amazing.”



Where: Wanaka Arts Centre, Brownston St

When: August 30, 7pm

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