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Welcome to Te Aroha Little Theatre

Te Aroha Little Theatre is home to Te Aroha Dramatic Society


A group with a strong history and a common passion

Since 1949 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 will 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.

Our next production is nearly here!

Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime poster for June 2023 at Te Aroha Little Theatre

Jack and the Beanstalk

Only three weeks to go till the fun-filled pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk by the extraordinary pantomime writer, Norman Robbins.  Don't miss out!  Tickets are available now:

Thursday 22 June 7.30 pm

Friday 23 June 7.30 pm

Saturday 24 June 2 pm

Sunday 25 June 2 pm

Wednesday 28 June 7.30 pm

Thursday 29 June 7.30 pm

Friday 30 June 7.30 pm

Saturday 1 July 2 pm

  Tickets:  $22 adults     $12 under-16s

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.

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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 to record and air a radio advertisement that costs just $100 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.

Most recently our audiences enjoyed

poster of Sleuth play April May 2023

March 2023

"We were lucky enough to be able to enjoy this play twice. Great production. Congratulations to everyone involved." - Rob
poster of Joyful and Triumphant November December 2022 play

Joyful & Triumphant - November 2022

"A great production at Little Theatre.  Congratulations to Ian Harrop as director and an outstanding cast.  I was engrossed from opening to end." - Anne
poster of Death & Taxes June 2022 play

Death & Taxe$
June 2022

“ It was so so funny!! Well acted and such a great play, We are lucky to have our own little theatre in Te Aroha, and great talent!!! Grats to the behind the scenes people who work as a team each night too.” - Donna
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