Obituary – Derek Warren Treeby

The Taranaki theatre community has lost a valued and much loved member. Sadly Derek Warren Treeby passed away on Tuesday 31 March following a short illness.
Derek was widely known throughout Taranaki by theatre groups and the theatre going public alike. He was held in high regard in all circles where his theatre skills and knowledge were considered legendary.
Derek’s early days in theatre in New Plymouth saw him appearing onstage for NP Repertory Society and the Operatic Society. After a time, he moved from the stage to the Directors chair where he discovered his true vocation. He quickly established a reputation for tackling challenging plays and directing thought provoking productions that were ahead of their time. Along with tackling these challenging scripts, he was also equally happy directing comedies, pantomimes and musicals.
Over the years he directed productions not only in New Plymouth but also in Inglewood, Stratford, Waitara and Mokau (where the town turned up to watch). In the 70’s when dinner theatre was relatively unknown, Derek was an early pioneer of this form of entertainment in New Plymouth when he directed a NP Repertory production of the musical “The Boyfriend” at the Devon Hotel. Pantomimes were also a favourite and he directed many a successful Christmas season such as “Mother Goose” for Little Theatre at the then Opera House. As a Director, Derek had wonderful creative insight and imagination. He would read a script as many of us would read a book. In many ways he was hardwired for theatre. He understood scripts, characters, subtexts and plotlines where at times others of us were wondering what it was all about.
During his early days in theatre in New Plymouth, Derek worked in the Manchester department at the Farmers Co-op on Devon Street. Following his time at Farmers Co-op, Derek became a drama tutor at the Performing Arts Company where he provided invaluable guidance as a mentor to young adults starting out on their journey in theatre and in life, establishing many long-lasting friendships.
Derek was always very supportive, and he gained much enjoyment from watching others grow in the world of theatre, attending any play or production he could get to.
Always to the point, he would provide direct valuable feedback and leave it up to you to find the truth in what he said. To this point he was a mentor to many, myself included. He freely gave of his time and energy to mentor those wanting to extend their knowledge and experience.
In 2007, Derek calculated that over the course of his involvement in theatre he had been involved in over 133 productions either onstage or as Director. Such was his enthusiasm, Derek directed plays into his 80’s, with his final production at Little Theatre being “All My Sons” in 2013. His being awarded Life Memberships at both NP Little Theatre and the NP Repertory Society showed this commitment, contribution and value to the New Plymouth theatre community.
Many of us owe much to Derek for his friendship, support and all that he taught us over the years. I’m sure I speak for the theatre community when I say that we and the theatre going public are so much richer for having Derek in our lives.

Andy Spindler
Patron – New Plymouth Little Theatre

Life Member – Christine King

The 2019 NPLT committee has voted unanimously that Christine
King be recommended as a Life Member of the society.
Christine has been a member of New Plymouth Little Theatre for at
least 30 years and has given outstanding service to the Society.
Throughout the years Christine has been an active member and still
is today.
She has held the office of President Secretary and Vice President.
Christine has acted in and directed many shows for NPLT. She has
worked backstage and organized Front of House. Many of our
anniversaries and TOSCAR evenings have had Christine as part of the
organizing group.
She is our present Artistic Director and that is a very time consuming
position making sure shows and directors are found to ensure our
Theatre continues to thrive.
Congratulations Christine.

Notice of AGM – 2020

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of New Plymouth Little Theatre Society Inc. will be held at New Plymouth Little Theatre, 29 Aubrey Street, New Plymouth

Wednesday 18th March 20207.30 pm


  • Minutes of 2019 AGM
  • Matters Arising From Previous Minutes
  • Correspondence In
  • Correspondence Out
  • Presidents Report
  • Financial Report
  • Honoraria Payments
  • Election of Officers & Committee
  • Nomination of Accountant & Solicitor
  • Nomination of Bank Signatories
  • Membership Subscription Rates
  • General Business

We have some roles that need filling. Please attend the meeting so we have members that can vote for the committee and officers needed. If you are interested in being part of the committee, get your nomination in.

General Business to be discussed:
Life Member Nominations
Update on the progress of the New Theatre Complex Project
Any other business
Please email Nominations, Notices of Motion or General Business you would like discussed to the secretary by Tuesday 17th March 2020
OR can be bought to the meeting and handed to the secretary before the meeting starts. 
Please remember that you need to be a current financial member to vote! Go to:

Audition Notice – Enchanted April

Sunday December 1st at 2pm 
Monday December 2nd at 7pm
At New Plymouth Little Theatre, Aubrey Street

This is an escapist romantic comedy. The plot is simple but the characters are complex.

Cast of 8 required:
Three women 24-40
Two women of mature years
Three Men aged 35-60

Show Dates: 22nd April to 2nd May 2020

Please phone 027 771 9330 or email for scripts or further information.
Or Shona: 027 468 0554

Audition Notice – Kings of The Gym

Auditions: 11 am Sunday, Aug 4th

Scripts available by contacting Sharren Read on or 027 255 4124

Sharren would also love to hear from anyone willing to help backstage with costumes,

Definitely not politically correct and very funny with a New Zealand based storyline we can all relate to.

Politically correct principal Viv Cleaver (known as ‘Cleavage’ by her staff) is intent on transforming low performing Hautapu High School. The thorn in her side is the Phys-Ed department. Unfit Laurie Connor spends his days in the gym watching TV and gambling with his talented yet unambitious sidekick Pat Kennedy. Then student-teacher Annie Tupua arrives. Could this star netballer and born-again Christian prove to be the game-changer that Viv needs?

Laurie the PE teacher is happy doing what he is doing but the principal wants him out. His sidekick is a deadbeat too but a fit young man. The new teacher is young, healthy and positive and the two male teachers don’t respond well to that. She’s got a dark secret too.
Sparks fly as different players joust for position and battle for each other’s souls in this un-pc, big-hearted comedy set in that most romantic of places – a school gym. Kings of the Gym will have the audience in fits of laughter.

• PE teacher Laurie is in his 40s or 50s.
• In his late 20s – early 30s, Pat is a PE teacher in Laurie’s department. He is good natured and reasonably fit.
• School principal Viv could be in her 40s -50s. She is liberal, but efficient, and wants to clean up the lazy PE department.
• Annie is in her 20s/early 30s. A student teacher in the PE department she is a very fit, born-again Christian.
The characters are fairly stereotypical, but Sharren likes that they are all “people we know”

Kings of The Gym
Dave Armstrong
New Plymouth Little Theatre
Directed by Sharren Read

Season: 20th Nov – 14th Dec
Rehearsal start date: early Sept – 3 x per week (2 hours per 
rehearsal – days to be negotiated))

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