Whats On

The Perfect Murder
14 – 23 June 2018


Centre Stage will be presenting this wonderful dark comedy, directed by Sharon Shanks, in June 2018. Peter James’ The Perfect Murder was written for the stage by Shaun McKenna.

Is it possible to commit the perfect murder? Victor Smiley, an avid Sherlock Holmes and crime TV fan is fed up with life and his wife. During his weekly visits to a local prostitute, Kamilla, he plans to create a new life with her and somehow dispose of his irritating wife, Joan. However unbeknownst to Victor, Joan is having her own fun with a new lover, Don, and they also want to create a new life for themselves. Kamilla is also getting regular visits from Detective Grace but he is not interested in her usual services…

This is a black comedy full of suspense and unexpected twists! 

Tickets are available online or from Taupo iSITE.



Theatre New Zealand TheatreFest

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Festival
3-4 August 2018

Centre Stage is proud to be the hosts of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty TheatreFest. There are only two rules to entering the festival:

  • Plays must have two or more actors (although they need not speak)
  • It must be no longer than 50 minutes in length (there is no minimum length)

There are three levels to the TheatreFest; Local, Regional and National. In order to progress from one level to the next, teams must enter the TheatreFest competitively.

Local TheatreFests can offer a non-competitive section where theatre groups or schools may enter and receive an adjudication but choose not to be selected to perform at a Regional TheatreFest.

At the Local and Regional TheatreFest, teams will receive an on stage adjudication and a private oral report, as well as a written report. At the National TheatreFest, teams will receive an on stage adjudication only, as well as a written report. Find out more about TheatreFest here.

Organiser – Denise Edmonds
Adjudicator – Steven Arnold from Auckland

Upper North Island Regional Festival
17-18 August 2018 

Adjudicator – Claire Marsh, Morronsville.

No Holds Bard
19 August 2018

Do you know what happens to old actors? Nothing. They're still acting.

Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final "dark night of the soul".  The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is.

A glorious tour de force in which four of Shakespeare's greatest creations (a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry King Lear) come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man. 

NO HOLDS BARD sees celebrated actor Michael Hurst join forces with two of New Zealand's freshest writing talents for an outrageous and at times profound view into one actor's attempt at self destruction.

Centre Stage Voices


Singing! It's good for you!

Have you ever sung in a choir? Is it something that you’ve considered but never followed through with? Belting out your favourite song can feel great! It’s a proven fact that singing can do wonders for our health and well-being.

We have a new adult singing group kicking off soon called Centre Stage Voices. Why not come along and join us singing and have some fun too! No auditions – open to anyone who appreciates the joy of singing in a group!

When: Mondays 7pm – 8.30pm

  • March 12th & 26th
  • April 9th 
  • May 14th & 28th

Where: Centre Stage Playhouse, 2 Matai Street, Taupo
Cost: Free to members, $5 to non-members

Koha box will be available for donations towards tea/coffee and printing, feel free to bring your change.

The group will be led by Kaylene Carson and accompanist Sarah Monro. Check out the Centre Stage Facebook page for up-coming dates.

Theatre Workshops

Theatre workshops and open nightsCentre Stage is here to support the community in getting involved in theatre in a fun and social way.  Come along to our workshops that are designed to increaseour skill base and encourage participation.  

Our club members run the workshops and pass on their experience and wisdom and enthusiam. Register your interest and what type of workshop you would be interested in this year by emailing the secretary.

Free to club members. Small cost to those that are wanting to see what we offer without committing as a member.

Open Nights

Last year's Open Night was a great success!  It is a variety show where the community are invited to put on an act and we provide the audience. The acts we had singing, skits, Theatre sports, and lots of other little surprises.  If you want to practise your ideas out on stage contact the secretary.