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Welcome to Te Aroha Little Theatre



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.

Auditions !!!




Auditions are coming up for the Te Aroha Dramatic Society’s winter production of “The Golding Girls”, scheduled to be on stage at the Little Theatre from 8-17 August. The play will be directed by Anthony Gray with support from Jocelyn Legg as Production Manager. Written by Shona Wilson from Taranaki, the play tells the story of four hormonal women who find themselves thrown together during four weeks of Covid lockdown. With very different backgrounds and personal issues to bring to the “party” it’s a challenging situation for all four women as they try to overcome their differences and find some common ground during their time together.

The cast comprises four female characters aged between 25 and 65. All four characters have strong and distinct personalities, which provides the opportunity for the entire cast to develop their characters as rehearsals progress. There’s plenty of frustration, confrontation, anger, compromise and excitement on show as the characters are forced to live with their differences. And yes, there’s plenty of funny bits to lighten the mood. But how will it all end?

Auditions will be held at the Little Theatre on Sunday 21 April at 3pm. Rehearsals are expected to start toward the end of May.

For more information about the play, the characters or the rehearsal schedule contact Anthony on 027 571 2242.

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Adults - $22.00

Children under 16 - $12.00


Cauldron Bubble by Brian Daly and directed by Annette Plumpton. When Spencer Wilson directs a student production of MacBeth, what could go wrong? Well, when your cast is made up of raw beginners conscripted from your English class, your faculty advisor is an intern with zero theatre knowledge, her mentor wants it all to end in disaster and the drama teacher is outraged that Spencer is threatening her dominion over all things theatrical... everything could go wrong. And when Spencer accidentally triggers the Macbeth curse and accidents start to happen, it's looking like double, double toil and trouble time. Is the curse going to flatten everything and everyone in its path, or will it be all's well that ends well?

Show dates are between 2nd and 12th May 2024 (see below). 


  • Thursday 2 May at 7.30pm

  • Friday 3 May at 7.30pm

  • Saturday 4 May at 7.30pm

  • Sunday 5 May at 2pm (matinee)

  • Thursday 9 May at 7.30pm

  • Friday 10 May at 7.30pm

  • Saturday 11 May at 7.30pm

  • Sunday 12 May at 2pm (matinee)

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Produced by special arrangement with YouthPlays

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 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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