THE MTC STORY
We're here to spark imagination, ignite creativity and inspire our community
IMAGINE - CREATE - INSPIRE
Masterton Theatre Company, founded on the principles of participation and collaboration, is the newest iteration of the region's most longstanding theatrical societies. MTC is looking to the future of performing arts in Wairarapa, driven by a passion for helping performers learn, grow and inspire others.
In 2019, the members of Harlequin Theatre and MATS (Masterton Amateur Theatrical Society), voted to unite forces, creating a single entity that would ensure a bright future for performing arts in our region. With a history dating back to the turn of the century, our hope is that this new relationship will ensure a long and successful future for our company.
Founded in 1909, MATS brought musicals to the stage for over a century, producing hundreds of shows over the course of its history. Harlequin Theatre, which was created in 1941 through the amalgamation of the Masterton Little Theatre Society and Masterton Playreaders Society, traditionally performed plays and was well known for their immersive 'How to Host a Murder' experiences. Both societies boasted large groups of Junior and Youth players as well as extensive costume wardrobes, carefully curated by hardworking volunteers.
Unique but complementary offerings, paired with two groups of passionate performers was the perfect setting for success. We have combined our strengths and created a company that will continue to imagine the possibilities, create art and inspire people everywhere.
We produce multiples shows a year for all ages groups, we host workshops and also socialise as a company. We hire our fabulous costumes that span the decades, get together for sing-a-longs and welcome new members to come and try it all for themselves. If you have any questions we encourage you to get in touch with us.
We are supported by:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Show Dates June 24 - July 4
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tells the story of the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts who, with the help of his children Jeremy and Jemima, set about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap. It’s not long before they discover the car has magical properties including the ability to float and fly!
Acting Antics is a structured program that takes place over the course of the school holidays.
A group of children and work through the holiday to practice and then perform a play for their friends and family.
This is a great way to introduce your children to the stage in one short block that lets them get a taste for being on stage.
Send an email for more details.
Sing your heart out - dance your socks off
We have bootcamps every school holiday that run outside of Acting Antics.
These are a great chance for your kids to spend a dedicated chunk of time working with their peers to develop their stage skills.
Get in touch with us to register your interest for the next bootcamp as places fill up quickly.
This membership is for those aged 18 years and under and costs just $20 annually.
This membership includes full voting rights as well as discounts on show tickets and costume hire.
As a member you have voting rights, 20% discounted tickets and discounted costume hire.
A family is considered 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Extra children can be added.
Fancy putting on the ritz in one of our fantastic costumes that span periods and themes?
06 377 3799 or 06 377 3535
137 Ngaumutawa Rd & 152 Dixon St