Fri 27 Apr 2018

Tasha acts up

When WITT recruited a new Programme Manager, Education and Pathways, last year, New Plymouth’s Repertory Theatre was among the ultimate beneficiaries.

Tasha Paton, who joined WITT last May, stars in the theatre’s latest production, Roots and Wings.

The curtain opens on the comedy, penned by Welsh playwright Frank Vickery, at the theatre’s Vogeltown stage on May 1 and is directed by Gill Weatherall. It runs to May 12.

Tasha plays the role of snobby Rita, one of six characters in the play.

Hours after Griff (Morris West) learns his Nigel son (Simon Mace) is a gay drag queen, Nigel and his lover Kevin are involved in a serious car crash. Griff and Ruby (Gillian Somers) then meet Kevin’s parents, Vernon (Bryan Vickery – no relation to the author) and Rita.

The plot thickens as secrets are exposed and arguments start.

Tasha is a season stage performer. She was treading the boards before reaching her teens and featured in every show in her secondary school years and was also active in the Whangarei Youth Theatre.

After a break of several years, she returned to the Whangarei Theatre Company.

“I was a single mother then and would bring three bean bags and three daughters to rehearsal and put my babies in them….they would fall asleep each night listening to us singing and dancing,”

After the move to New Plymouth, she helped out in wardrobe for two shows at the New Plymouth Little Theatre. Her “small but challenging role” as Rita is her first in Taranaki.

Roots and Wings will feature at the New Plymouth Rep Theatre, Broadmore Street, Vogeltown from May 1-12.

For more details go to http://www.repertorynp.co.nz/ or visit the society’s Facebook page.When WITT recruited a new Programme Manager, Education and Pathways, last year, New Plymouth’s Repertory Theatre was among the ultimate beneficiaries.

 

 

Tasha Paton (left) with cast members from Roots and Wings. Picture: Gill Weatherall.