Methven’s Chris Woods – better known for his singing and acting skills – will take a step back this year and direct Methven Theatre Company’s 2016 show “Calamity Dame – A Wild West Panto”.
As a first-time director, he’s relishing the chance to transition away from the stage. “It will be exciting. It’s my first real go at it. I think it will be good to use my experience from other shows and pass on what I’ve learnt to other people,” he says.
Chris is no stranger to Methven audiences. He first appeared in Methven Theatre Company’s 2000 production of Oliver and has been on and off the stage since with both MTC and Variety Theatre Ashburton.
He describes this year’s show as “a comedy western spoof.”
“It’s got a lot of good one liners and audience participation and the script is fun and simple.”
Wayne Pannett will work with Chris as the show’s Musical Director and as usual Chris says the music will be the star of the show. “A lot of the cast will get a chance to sing.”
With 19 roles up for offer, Chris says this is the biggest cast Methven Theatre Company has had on offer for some years since “Jungle Fever”.
“There’s all kinds of roles. Whether you don’t want to sing or do, want a large part or small, serious or silly, there’s plenty there for everyone.”
With auditions coming up Sunday 24th and Monday 25th July (see advert in this issue), Chris is hoping for a good turn-out of locals and some from further away to fulfil the show’s requirements.
Rehearsals are likely to take place on Sundays and possibly Tuesday and Thursday evenings from August, roughly 10 weeks out from the show dates of 12-15 October.
“But we’re flexible. We’ll work it out when we cast.”
For the first time director, there’s a lot riding on making this show a success. But Chris is relaxed.
“It’s a great opportunity to get a good cast together and have fun and be entertaining.”