We are still operating successfully as a professional theatre after 41 years because we have always tried to reflect the needs and inspirations of our wider community in everything we do; be it telling local stories on stage, for instance, or involving Manawatu's best performing talent in our Open Stage productions, under the guidance of industry professionals.

Open Stage is an initiative providing opportunities to those in our arts community who want to grow creatively in a supported yet rigorous learning environment. It was launched in 2015 with the New Zealand premiere of Nick Dear's Frankenstein, a production led by two professional actors with support from local actors and Basement Company, and presented to sold out crowds and critical acclaim. In 2016, we collaborated with seventeen community choirs from the lower North Island on David Greig's The Events. In 2017, another literary classic exploded onto the stage with our sold-out season of Lord of the Fliesagain supported by local actors and our youth company.

2015 - Frankenstein

2016 - The Events

2017 - Lord of the Flies

2017 - Lord of the Flies

That Bloody Woman (2018) Auditions

In 2018, we are seeking performers to collaborate with us on a new version of the NZ smash hit rock musical, That Bloody Woman, starring McLeod's Daughters' Lisa Chappell.

Rehearsals begin: 3 April 2018
Opening night: 5 May 2018
Closing night: 3 June 2018


Singing workshops: Sunday 4, 11, 18 & 25 March, 1PM-4PM
Rehearsals: Tuesday - Friday, 6PM-10PM • Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-5PM

NB: No cast member is required all of those times and dates every week. Within those times, different performers will be called in depending on your role. You will receive rehearsal times and dates that you need to be at a week in advance of each rehearsal week.


Monday: OFF
Tuesday & Wednesday: 6.30PM shows
Thursday - Saturday: 7.30PM shows
Sunday: 4PM shows


Sunday 14 January & Sunday 21 January 2018

If you are interested but can't make those dates, please contact Vanessa Barnes to discuss.

You will need to prepare for your audition:

  • One song, no longer than 4 minutes in length. Please bring either a backing track on a USB stick or piano sheet music. Acapella is also acceptable
  • One monologue, which we will supply from the show upon receiving your audition application

Each audition is approximately 15-20 minutes in length and we will book you into a time that works for you.

Each applicant will also attend a 90-minute group dance audition on Sunday 14 January, 1.30PM-3PM. We are looking for people who have rhythm, can move, and take direction. We welcome people with strong dance training, but we also welcome actors and singers who are happy to learn and give it a go.


Name *
Phone contact *
Phone contact
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I am available to audition... *
Please tick both if you can attend both.
I am available for the group dance audition on 14 January, 1.30PM-3PM. *
If NO, please contact Vanessa Barnes on 06 354 5740.
Please let us know when on the dates above you are available to audition.