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Membership Renewal 2020

Membership Renewal

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.

Membership Categories/Fees:
Adult $20.00
Student $10.00
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, The Ellerslie Festival of One Act Plays 2021

Main Bill 4 - 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

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

Help With Set Building 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 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 One ~ PROOF
Saturday 15 February
Saturday 22 February
Saturday 29 February
Saturday 7 March
Pack-out Sunday 22 March

Main Bill Two ~ CANCELLED

Main Bill Three ~ OUR MAN IN HAVANA
Saturday 25 July
Saturday 1 August
Saturday 8 August
Saturday 15 August
Pack-out Sunday 30 August

Main Bill Four ~ SHAM
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.

Annual General Meeting 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the Ellerslie Theatrical Society Inc. will be held on

MONDAY 20 APRIL 2020 AT 8.00PM

at the STABLES THEATRE, 138 Main Highway (cnr Main Highway and Arthur Street), Ellerslie

All are welcome and supper will be served at the conclusion of the evening's business.


Written nominations are called for the following positions:
Vice President x 2
Committee Member x 5

. The elections for the above positions will be held in the order stated.
. A person can only hold one position on the committee.
. Nominees for the position of President must have been members of the Committee for at least twelve months immediately prior to the AGM.
. Nominees for the position of Vice President and Treasurer must have been financial members of the Society for at least twelve months prior to the AGM.
. All nominees must be financial members of the Society.

It is preferable that nominations are received no later than 15 March 2020. Nominations can be posted to: The Secretary, Ellerslie Theatrical Society, 40 Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051 or emailed to Late nominations handed to the Secretary at the meeting prior to the advertised starting time may be accepted at the Chairman's discretion.

To nominate a member for the committee, download the nomination form.

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 and encourage everyone to do the same. 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.

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 uncleís 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 heís 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 gardenerís apprentice, Mary brings the garden back to life and discovers Dickonís 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.

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?

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 ( Taking a little something for supper would be appreciated.