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Welcome to Te Aroha Little Theatre

Jack and the Beanstalk cast and crew July 2023

Cast and crew of

Jack and the Beanstalk
our 2023 pantomime


A group with a strong history and a common passion

Since 1949 the Te Aroha Dramatic Society has been providing the Te Aroha community with quality live theatre.  We produce a variety of theatre productions each year by New Zealand and international playwrights and aim to both entertain and educate our supporters. When you become a member you'll gain access to our productions, costume hire discounts and most importantly, a group of like-minded individuals who are just as passionate as you are.

End of year production

Dirty Dusting
by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood

This hilarious play has been cast and we hope you will join us for loads of laughs again at the Little Theatre in November. Directed by John Watson.

At the Little Theatre

The Theatre is centrally located and well-equipped.  The Society receives good support from the community.  We provide the chance for people of all ages and walks of life to become involved with any aspects of theatre production; from acting through to backstage, lighting and sound, advertising, marketing and promotion.

Great plays

The society aims to stage three plays a year - usually March, June and November.  With a great legacy behind us, we are proud of the quality of our plays.  Follow our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with audition calls and what's on.

  • Facebook

Costume hire

Our range of costumes is stunning and vast.  See our gallery page for proof!  For your next event why not get in touch? We love seeing our wardrobe enjoyed by the community.  

Fun opportunities

Putting on a production is hard work, fun, and ultimately very satisfying.  We need a range of skills  - it's not just about being on stage!  We would love to have you join us.  Come along to our regular Tuesday morning gatherings at 10 am, or contact us below.


For an annual fee you can support the Society's work, get discounts for costume and theatre hire, and receive a regular newsletter keeping you informed.

Annual membership fees are
$15 for single persons,
$25 for couples,
$35 for families. 

To renew your membership for 1st April 2023 to March 31st 2024 please pay to our bank account:
Use your name as a reference.

Theatre Hire

The theatre is available for hire.  It has hosted musical concerts, school performances, writers group, drama classes, and last year was the venue for a New Zealand short film premiere.  We offer:

  • comfortable air-conditioned auditorium

  • raked seating for approx. 80 people

  • toilet facilities

  • 42m2 stage with additional wing space

  • spacious backstage changing room with lit mirrors

  • sound and lighting equipment

  •  foyer with a bar area and tea/coffee making facilities.


Radio Te Aroha 88 FM

We own and operate Radio Te Aroha, which is run by volunteers and publicises community groups and their activities, local businesses, and local music artists. 

The station offers a fantastic opportunity to local businesses by offering radio advertisements that cost just $200 for a whole year.


If you’d like to volunteer, please get in touch.  We're always looking for locals who are keen to do voiceovers for our community organisations and our commercial advertisers. Listen in via the player below.

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