Curtain to rise on a new Bluff drama
Generations of "Bluffies" are getting ready to present their annual theatre event this week, marking more than 50 years since the curtain first rose on the town's drama club.
Bluff Drama Club president Murray Thomson said Cruizin' - an original script written by the cast - was the latest in a series of dinner theatre evenings the community had dreamed up.
He remembered his mother, Freda Thomson, rehearsing her lines at home after his father - who worked on set design - recorded the script on a tape recorder for her. Mr Thomson followed his father's footsteps and worked on stage design while his daughter, Rowena, went into stage management.
He had high hopes for Rowena's 5-year-old daughter, who was ballet-mad, he said, and showed promise of following in her great-grandmother's footsteps.
The drama club had been a creative outlet for the whole town in the past five decades, and while there was now more competition for entertainment, it still had a magic to it that kept people involved, he said.
"In those days it was everyone from the local barber to the shopkeeper - the whole community was involved.
"People still come from Invercargill to be part of the crowd; in years past we've had two lots of social clubs come down on buses."
This year's show comprised a cast of about 20, with the three-night run promising to be highly entertaining and family-friendly, he said.
Cruizin' will be held on October 11 to 13 at the Bluff Town Hall.
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- © Fairfax NZ News
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