Past Productions


50 and fabulous

November 2 – 12, 2017
50 & Fabulous 

written by Sharon Butterworth

Directed by Noeline Loader

Kicking off with a Gala Opening Night followed by evening shows and also two matinees on Sundays November

This musical comedy based in the 60’s is about five fabulous friends who’ve kept in touch since school days and are about to turn the dreaded fifty. A last-minute cancellation of a singing group sees a plan hatched to put on a dazzling musical spectacular that hopefully shows fifty can be FABULOUS. 

July 20 – 30, 2017

The Last Resort

bu Judith Prior

Directed by Sara Single

he play is set in the foyer of a retirement village complex. The residents are all active middle aged people who enjoy a busy social life. They are planning a concert to raise funds for a week away on a bus trip for some sightseeing and a little gambling at the Casino…. of course things never go according to plan.

March 31 – April 9, 2017

CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
adapted by Joseph Robinette  |  directed by Fi Gudsell

The children’s classic was given a steampunk twist as Narnia played host to 30 weird and wonderful creatures. Huge cast. Huge fun. 

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DSC_7426October 7-16, 2016
Petits Fours: Bite-Sized Pieces of NZ TheatreA romantic comedy, a war story, a teen drama, and tongue-in-cheek theatre critique: Lots of variety, lots of roles, and not too many lines to learn – always a bonus!
Petits Fours were the top four one-act plays of 2016 as judged by the Playwrights Association of New Zealand.

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IMG_20160501_154522May 5-14, 2016
The Games Afoot
written by Ken Ludwig  |  directed by Carol HaydenA murder mystery / thriller / comedy? Yes! This play had it all. The script twisted and turned like a twisty-turny thing and kept the audience guessing as they tried to figure out ‘whodunnit’. With a couple of the most delicious characters ever to grace the stage in Waihi, ‘The Games Afoot’ provided moments of sheer delight interspersed with passages of complete confusion.
alice_trioAugust 19-29, 2015
Alice In Wonderland
directed by Noeline LoaderThis curious playground filled with delightfully colourful characters gave the younger members their chance to shine. The amazing costumes, make-up and artful sets showcased the talents of the backstage crew and the audience loved every minute of it.

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For images of the production visit our Gallery page.

gorilz.jpgNovember 19-29, 2014
Ladies For Hire
written by Alison Quigan  |  directed by Val Ferguson  |  musical direction by Lynne CottonGorilla-gram anyone? This disgraced Church choir were not about to let their fun, food, and friendship go out the window so they took their talents on the road.A hilarious musical comedy which had the town talking and the audience laughing from start to finish.Thinking of producing Ladies For Hire? Maybe we can help, visit our Resources page.For images of the production visit our Gallery page.
Photo of Tonto talking to AnnouncerNovember, 20-30, 2013
Radio Daze
written by Val Ferguson  |  directed by Helen Gudsell & Anne PreddyBilled as the most variety-filled of variety shows, this celebration of classic Saturday radioshows certainly delivered on promise.”Join the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE for this most variety-filled of VARIETY SHOWs! THRILL to the adventures and GASP OUT LOUD at the antics of the Lone Ranger. SING ALONG with the scintillating sounds of LIVE MUSIC. Ask yourself THE MONEY? or THE BAG? as listeners WIN big. CRY, LAUGH, GRIT YOUR TEETH at the trials and tribulations of THE ARCHERS and so very much more!”
opar_castApril 10-20, 2013
The Old People Are Revolting
written by Devon Williamson  |  directed by Tracey CarterGrowing old disgracefully was the theme of this uproarious comedy. These seniors certainly weren’t the retiring types and, as the plot thickened, the laughs just grew and grew.Kaboom!
a scene from the mining playsNovember 1-10, 2012
The Red & Gold + The Miners of Waihi
written by Campbell Smith  |  directed by Kerry Single.A fascinating look into Waihi’s mining past with both plays penned by Campbell Smith. The first was written especially for the society’s commemoration of the 1912 Waihi Miner’s Strike. The second followed a Waihi family whose lives were forever changed by World War I.








nnk_pastJune 7-23, 2012
Nana’s Naughty Knickers
[NZ Premiere]
written by Katherine DiSavino  |  directed by Tracey Carter

Would Nana’s naughty lingerie business be exposed? With a set that twisted as much as the plot, this hilarious cover-up had the audience guessing right until the very end.

Thinking of producing Nana’s Naughty Knickers? Maybe we can help, visit our Resources page.

productions_clip_image002November 4-19, 2011
directed by Val Ferguson

What a huge crowd pleaser. Rodgers & Hammersteins legendary musical was a sell-out success. The course of true love never does run smooth and the cowboys in Oklahoma were no exception. Emotions ran the gamut from feel-good fun to downright scary.

For images of the production visit our Gallery page.

productions_clip_image004April 7-17, 2011
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
directed by Dell King

This excellent drama asking who has the right to decide if a patient lives or dies took both cast and audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride. To move an audience to both tears and laughter in the same show was a big ask and the talented cast really delivered.


productions_clip_image006July / August 2010
Footrot Flats
directed by Tina Barlow

You’ve never heard so much laughter in your life. 12 hilarious shows in a sell-out season. We’re not sure if it was the new director, the costumes, the acting, the amazing set, or the wonderful crew, but whatever it was the audience LOVED it! A fun-filled night for young and old.

For images of the production visit our Gallery page.

productions_clip_image008May 2010
The Kidnap Game
directed by Barry Magowan

This was a great drama set in the office of an arms dealer. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns this story took. With a multitude of lines to learn and the serious acting, this was a drama the cast took to with relish and delivered superbly. To those who designed and put together the amazing set we send our thanks.


Feb 2010
productions_clip_image010Love Letters
directed by Dell King

Wow! did this production have the audience laughing. gasping and tears flowing at the end. Even the two actors had tears rolling down their faces, both Sara Single and Kevin Low gave it their all making this another very very successful Waihi Drama Society production.


Oct 2009
You Must Remember This
directed by Val Ferguson

A musical written by Val Ferguson, Linda Haines and Elisabeth Beamish saw the first act centered around a New Zealand family who have sons going off to World War II along with other young men and women from their small town. The second half saw the Home Guard doing their best and the local ladies cleaning the hall before the return of their troops who come home to much celebration. Songs from the era stirred the emotions of the audience.

For images of the production visit our Gallery page.

Aug 2009
Peter Pan
directed by Julie Thomas
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Written by David Barrett, based on the original story by the Scottish novelist and playwright J M Barrie.
A mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Native Americans, fairies, pirates, and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside Neverland.

For images of the production visit our Gallery page.

May 2009
Twelve Angry Men
directed by Dell King
A jury room, 1954. Summer.
Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.

For images of the production visit our Gallery page.