The United Players Orewa began operations in 1956 and was incorporated in 1959, before becoming Centrestage Theatre Company, Orewa Inc.
Our performances have been entertaining children and adults alike since 1956.
We are a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation committed to fostering talent, providing performing arts opportunities to our community members, and producing quality theatre events for all of our different patron groups.
The Company first began producing plays in the old Orewa Community Hall.
In those days actors had to run around the outside of the building when they needed to enter from the opposite side of the stage!
Quickly outgrowing our humble beginnings, and with the old hall literally falling apart, the Orewa Theatre Trust was formed and fundraising and work began on building our beautiful theatre at 60 Centreway Road. This was acheived with a great deal of hard work and fundraising by the theatre members and with much support from the (then) Rodney Council and the local community.
We are proud to have the only purpose built theatre facility between Takapuna and Whangarei, complete with a fly tower, orchestra pit and generous wing space. We are constantly striving to improve our facilities to enhance the theatre experience for our visitors, members, volunteers and patrons.
In 1990 the new theatre opened, and in 2015 an extension was added to the back of the building providing desperately needed rehearsal space as well as additional toilets, shower, workshop and kitchen facilities.
During 2015-16 we refurbished the foyer, public bathrooms and bar area, giving a much needed boost to these public facing areas.
With the help and support of our fantastic community and the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, we survived the Covid Years!
Most recently we have replaced and updated our technical stock of lighting and sound equipment and are about to install an essential, motorised truss system in the auditorium. This will cut down on the time needed for rigging for each production and provide a safer working environment for our technical and stage crews.
Our dressing rooms have also undergone a facelift during 2023, making them more user friendly and adaptable to the changing needs of our community and allowing us to provide flexible and accommodating facilities to our many diverse users.
2024 sees us launching our first full subscription season, which is a huge achievement after the uncertainty of 2019 to 2022.
In addition to producing our own season of shows each year, Centrestage Theatre Company also provides an essential host venue for a variety of community and professional events, concerts and productions.
Check out our What's On section to find the best performances and events suited for you, your family and friends.
We can’t wait to see you!
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