This year we put on a Fundraiser In April for "End of the Rainbow" at the Cable Top Eatery and coming in October we have a second fundraiser for "Judy The Movie" at Penthouse Cinema.
'Judy' Penthouse Cinema Fundraiser
Celebrate the premiere of "Judy" for our Fundraiser Night. Throw on your sequins for spot prizes, raffles and free bubbles. Tickets are $25 for Thursday October 17th - Movie starts 6.15pm
Tania (0220 239 404 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Chelle (027 222 0332 / email@example.com) or Messenger us to book!
We are then hosted at Scotty and Mals (176 Cuba Street, Te Aro) for our Grand 'Lookalike, Lipsync and Live' competition from 8:30pm. Relive the glamour and heartbreak that is 'Judy'.
When Rochelle Rose and Tania Parker met during the 2016 production of Sister Act a beautiful friendship was born.
Having both worked professionally as well as being tutors of their craft for many years, they had a vision. It was a vision that has resulted in Wing It Productions coming to life.
We have the experience to produce international quality theatre while bridging the gap between amateur and professional art by gathering an outstanding team of fully professional people who are well placed to offer the training ground.
Wing It will work tirelessly to provide opportunities in the wider community, and champion the causes that we are both passionate about.
Wing It Productions was established out of our passion to bring professional quality theatre to our audiences, encapsulating our vibrant and diverse community while creating opportunities and mentorship to grow experience in the industry.
- To build a sustainable and ever more vibrant theatrical community
- To create a bridge into professional theatre, allowing our many talented up and coming performers greater opportunities
- To form a bond between Wellington’s many diverse theatrical enterprises which encase a wide range of cultures and genres
- To support social enterprise by way of Events and Galas to raise funds and awareness of charities such as the Sisters of Compassion Soup Kitchen
Wing It Productions Ltd has already signed a contract for the Australasian rights to Nunsense, the longest running off-Broadway hit ever.
Writer Dan Goggin, a strong supporter of community theatre has, after seeing our original concept and philosophy, granted Wing It Productions Ltd these rights and on March 29th 2017 released the TV pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdB3NAnfjbc) which is available on Netflix in many different countries.
We are facilitating a New Zealand premiere and an invitation to Dan Goggin to coincide with our show.
We are living our “point of difference”, our philosophy of cooperative and collaborative action in Wellington’s theatre community, by using our networks to actively pursue opportunities. So far these have included donations of
- The free use of costumes
- Sponsored design and lighting
- Significant printing costs
- Rehearsal space.
- Sister Mary Annette (Puppet).
Future projects are an original co-production for the Dance On Trust Gala and then Handel's ‘Rinaldo’, in association with award winning Executive Director of Kickstart - Steven Stead (former ENO Director) in 2019.
Nunsense Promotional Video 2018
This is the content of the video that was shot in New World, Thorndon ahead of the 2018 season.
Jan 30th to Feb 10th 2018
Sister Amnesia / Producer: Tania Parker
Tania is a graduate of Trinity College of Music London and was a runner-up in the Elizabeth Schumann Lieder Competition. She has studied under David Harper and is currently studying with Flora Edwards. She is a recipient of the Evelyn M Harrison Scholarship and The Trinity Scholarship and has appeared in international performances.
Her experience includes three years with Opera New Zealand and four years with Holland Park Opera as well as regular engagements in roles in companies in both UK and New Zealand.
Tania produced the Opera RINALDO for Trinity College, with award winning Director Steven Stead from ENO and sang the role of ‘Eustasio’.
Professional engagements include ‘Third Flower Maiden’ for PARSIFAL under conductor Nicholas Braithwaite. ‘Dido’ from DIDO AND AENEAS and recently ‘Bloody Mary’ from SOUTH PACIFIC, for Brent John Stewart as well as a role for Holland Park Opera as a ‘Pilgrim’ in La Forza del Destino.
During her time at Holland Park Opera 2008-2011, she worked with conductors such as Sir Richard Bonynge and Jane Glover, and was directed by Simon Callow from FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL.
Tania has been a member of Footlights for the last two years and has loved being "Elle's Mom" in LEGALLY BLONDE and "Nancy D/Waitress" in A NEW BRAIN.
She loves comedy, and trained as a Medical Clown Doctor. She has become the iconic voice of ‘Helga the Opera Singer’ in the international bestselling iPhone app MONSTERS ATE MY CONDO for Cartoon Network. This was nominated for a BAFTA in 2013.
Sister Robert Anne / Choreographer / Producer: Rochelle Rose
Rochelle’s career in dance and theatre began at the Jean Goodman Dance Studios where at the ripe old age of three she decided to put herself into ballet class (Jean Goodman was indeed her mother). She went on to become a senior tutor teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Body Conditioning up until her mother’s retirement in early 2018. Rochelle juggled her teaching with her freelance performing and has worked on a variety of film, television, corporate and stadium events.
Rochelle was Assistant Choreographer on Peter Jackson’s KING KONG and worked closely with Naomi Watts, Jamie Bell and Lee McDonald. Previously she was a performer for the LORD OF THE RINGS world premiere.
On stage she has taken lead roles in SISTER ACT, 42ND STREET and HAIRSPRAY. She has also featured in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CATS and WEST SIDE STORY.
Television credits include THE BIG NIGHT IN, dancing for Ray Columbus and Tina Cross and she was both a dancer and instructor on various episodes of GOOD MORNING. Rochelle also danced on a television special featuring John Paul Young who sung his hit song LOVE IS IN THE AIR.
Rochelle was on the Choreography Team for the IRB SEVENS Opening and Closing Ceremonies for 10 years. She has also provided choreography for Circa Theatre’s season of DEAD TRAGIC and Stage Right Films’ UPSTAGE which she was also an extra in.
· You will also spot Rochelle in several scenes in the outstanding kiwi film ‘DAFFODILS’ released in March 2019.
Wingman - Dave Parker
Jeff Hewitt - Sponsor
Wingman - Libby Dearnley
Wingman - Ben Emerson
Wingman - Adele Child
Wingman - Kevin Orlando
Musical comedy shows provide an audience with great entertainment, but they also require performers of exceptional talent who are not only musically proficient, but who also have the acting skills, and energy, to generate the comedy required.
Fortunately, Wing It Productions Ltd have all this and more in their production of Dan Goggin's Nunsense, a light-hearted and irreverent musical comedy about a group of nuns, currently playing at the Gryphon Theatre.
The five nuns in question are the sole survivors of the Crofton Downs Convent, following the deaths of the rest of their fraternity from botulism after eating Sister Julie, Child of God's vichyssoise. Unfortunately, they have insufficient funds to pay for the burial of the four remaining nuns, so they decide to put on a talent show in order to raise money for their funerals.
And so, Nunsense is essentially a series of song-and-dance routines showing of the talents of the five nuns and Dan Goggin's way of mocking the stereotypical perception of nuns in a convent and satirising many of the dogmatisms and doctrines of the Catholic Church. All of which is played out to the max in a high-octane show with director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford, musical director Michael Nicholas Williams and choreographer Rochelle Rose producing stellar performances from an outstanding cast.
Full of confidence and energy, the five actors work as a tightly controlled unit, bringing lots spontaneity and creativity to the production, each making their character uniquely their own.
Not only do they bring all this alive through their acting skills, but they are all excellent singers and dancers as well. Jane Keller leads the group with a great performance as the Reverend Mother, her comic antics at the end of the first act absolutely brilliant. As her sidekick Sister Hubert, Bronwyn Turei is a great foil to her, with lots of animated humour, while Rochelle Rose as Sister Robert Anne also has some wonderful comic moments.
Tania Parker, as the country-and-western nun Sister Amnesia, has a great puppet routine and Rebecca Tate, as the novice Sister Leo, shows off her dancing skills to great effect, to make this toe-tapping whimsical show a great night of entertainment.
With a full house of supporters and sponsors, the Gryphon is alive with the sound of Nunsense.
Written by Dan Goggin over 30 years ago, Nunsense is one of the longest running Off-Broadway musical hit shows in history. Given tonight's performance by Wellington's newest theatre company Wing It Productions, I can see why.
What a gem of a production! From the get go the Little Sisters of Crofton Downs have the audience clapping, cheering, confessing and dissolving into raucous laughter.
The premise for the story – the sudden death of fifty two Nuns through food poisoning – is probably not supposed to be funny, except it is, especially when re-enacted by Sister Mary Leo's (Rebecca Tate) dying Nun ballerina.
The dilemma of how to pay for the burial of the last few bodies currently on ice in the cafeteria freezer, results in a fundraiser variety show performed paradoxically on the set of the local schools production of Grease! (Set design Ben Emerson and Jeff Hewitt – also lighting designer).
The hilarious, irreverent and yet thankfully not gratuitously offensive revue that follows is packed with show-stopping song and dance numbers with plenty of 'convent humour'.
There is obviously scripting license to make things local and topical and director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford has cleverly put a Wellington and Kiwi-ana flavour into this production. She is expertly supported by her production team – one man band and maestro Michael Nicholas Williams and choreographer Rochelle Rose, who also plays Sister Robert Anne with vim and vigour.
All five performers are fantastic and these dynamic and challenging characters give them all a platform to inhabit (ba dum tish) their roles and show off their craft with everything from puppetry, ballet, Marx Ba rother-esque comedy, and plethora of musical theatre singing and dancing styles.
The choreography is slick and the ensemble choral sound (I love that there is no added amplification) is resounding with excellent harmonies, although the head voice tone is sounding tired overall. But the energy pouring off the Gryphon's intimate stage environs is infectious – which is amazing, given the heat and their costumes!
Jane Keller's Mother Superior is quick witted and her physical comedy in a scene where her character discovers some ‘sinful' temptations is uproarious. (It also wouldn't surprise me if those burlesque feather fans turn up again in a one woman show some time).
Sister Mary Hubert (Bronwyn Turei) delivers pithy one-liners, funky moves and outstanding soulful vocals – bringing the house down in the final number, ‘Holier than Thou', in true Sister Act style.
Tania Parker as Sister Amnesia (the nun who has forgotten her name because a crucifix fell on her head) brilliantly duets with the foul-mouthed puppet Sister Mary Annette in ‘So you want to be a Nun'. Her character seems to have forgotten which vocal style to sing in too as she runs the whole gamut of vocal timbres from opera to country (I could have gone to Nashville)! Such a demanding role, executed with panache.
It isn't just a frivolous farcical story though. Given that the writer based these characters on Nuns he knew while growing up, we do get an impression of the truth in the relationship between the characters, their dreams and aspirations, quirky humour and fun and the feeling of care and community within all the hilarity and pastiche.
So no matter if you are practising or lapsed in your religious persuasion, or not a believer at all, it's well worth seeing this wonderful production in all its Gloria-veil.
Nunsense begins when the five sisters of Crofton Downs discover that their cook, Sister Julia, ‘Child of God’, has accidentally poisoned 52 of her fellow nuns with an extremely questionable soup. Having dug deep into their coffers, the surviving sisters have managed to bury 48 of the dead bodies, as well as purchase a Smart TV and a PlayStation. With the health inspector knocking and 4 dead nuns chilling out (sorry) in the freezer, our sisters must raise the funds needed to respectfully dispose of the last of the dead.
What better way to fundraise than put on a talent show?
And so, in a school hall currently decked out with Grease memorabilia (set design by Ben Emerson and Jeff Hewitt), our nuns put it all on the line in a singing, dancing, puppeteering extravaganza.
It’s a great premise best developed in the hands of a playful director, and that’s exactly what we have here. The little quirks of the show – the reverent reference to Berhampore, and the Kiwi-as sweet-as bro-as attitude of Sister Robert Anne (Rochelle Rose) for example – really sparkle.
The cast is outstanding. Though their execution of Rose’s clever choreography was not perfect, the actors clearly possess godsmacking talent.
Jane Keller (playing Reverend Mother) delivers a spirited performance and is outrageously funny when her character is confronted by the mortal sins of man. Bronwyn Turei (Sister Hubert) gives an animated yet focused performance, grounding the excitable ensemble around her. Her vocals are remarkable, as are Tania Parker’s, who plays the delightfully befuddled Sister Amnesia with adorable panache. Rebecca Tate (Sister Leo) plays a nun coming into her own with cheek and charm, while Rose brings mammoth energy to the table.
Mention must also be made to Michael Nicholas Williams, the exceptional musical director who drives the entire production with just a keyboard.Nunsense is fun, frivolous, and funny – it’s enormously entertaining and a great escape from the daily grind.