Theatre restaurant on move; hiring director

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The Gore Musical Theatre is moving its theatre restaurant to a new venue, and a professional director will be at the helm of this year’s offering, Avenue Q.
Gore Musical Theatre member Jade McDowall said Auckland professional director Hamish McGregor would be overseeing the production.
Avenue Q was a hilarious, R18, Tony Award-winning musical, Mrs McDowall said.
‘‘This is completely different from anything we have ever done before. We are excited for our local community to learn from director Hamish McGregor,’’ she said.
The theatre restaurant is moving from its usual Gore Round Table hall venue to the Gore Town and Country Club stadium.
The stadium would allow greater flexibility for staging, she said.
The stadium space would be made more intimate through careful design and decoration, and there would be seating for 200 people per night.
That number would mean everyone would have a good view of the stage.
The 200 would be slightly more than the Gore Round Table hall could seat, she said.
The stadium also offered increased kitchen space for the preparation of food.
‘‘This is the first time in Gore Musical Theatre history we’ve paid a professional director.’’
While McGregor lived in Auckland, he was originally from Invercargill, Mrs McDowall said.
He was an awardwinning director, she said.
It was decided to appoint a director because of the nature of the show.
Avenue Q incorporated the use of puppets, she said.
Having McGregor direct would give the cast and crew an opportunity to learn new skills.
The cast consisted of eight actors.
‘‘It’s a really small cast. . .they’re a busy eight people,’’ she said.
The musical is set in New York and is about a college graduate who moves to Avenue Q.
‘‘So it’s all set in that street.’’
Auditions will be held on July 13 and 14, and the show will be staged in mid-November.