THEATRE EXECUTIVE

Carol has been a member of the Society since 1974 and has held several positions including Committee Member, Secretary and  President.  Carol has performed and been involved with more than 50 productions and welcomes new members to join the team to future-proof the Octagon family.

Carol Freebairn President

Carol has been a member of the Society since 1974 and has held several positions including Committee Member, Secretary and President. Carol has performed and been involved with more than 50 productions and welcomes new members to join the team to future-proof the Octagon family.
Wendy has been an active member of the Society since 2007 and has been involved as Actor, Director, Stage Crew and Lighting/Sound Director as well as fund-raising, Front-of-House and waitressing.

Wendy Berridge Vice-President

Wendy has been an active member of the Society since 2007 and has been involved as Actor, Director, Stage Crew and Lighting/Sound Director as well as fund-raising, Front-of-House and waitressing.
Rick has been a member since 1979 and Treasurer since 1980.  He provides administrative support so that those who wish to be on the stage are able to concentrate on learning their lines and getting on with it.  He is one of our Licensed Bar Managers and often supports with Front-of-House duties and our go-to Mr Fixit!

Rick Billing Treasurer

Rick has been a member since 1979 and Treasurer since 1980. He provides administrative support so that those who wish to be on the stage are able to concentrate on learning their lines and getting on with it. He is one of our Licensed Bar Managers and often supports with Front-of-House duties and our go-to Mr Fixit!
Jean joined the Octagon Theatre in 2000 and has been the Committee Secretary since 2010.  She has appeared in numerous productions and other roles have included Stage Manager, Props and Costumes.

Jean Millington Secretary

Jean joined the Octagon Theatre in 2000 and has been the Committee Secretary since 2010. She has appeared in numerous productions and other roles have included Stage Manager, Props and Costumes.

THEATRE COMMITTEE

Gemma will bring fresh ideas and a new perspective from a younger generation to the committee.  She looks forward to contributing and building on the traditions, integrity and history of the theatre to encourage new and younger members and patrons who don't know what they're missing!

Gemma Arman

Gemma will bring fresh ideas and a new perspective from a younger generation to the committee. She looks forward to contributing and building on the traditions, integrity and history of the theatre to encourage new and younger members and patrons who don’t know what they’re missing!
Because of his diverse talents not only as an actor but in back stage organisation, sound and light engineering, we invited Alex to join the committee as we acknowledge the need to keep abreast of technological advances in theatre productions and his skills and can-do attitude will be invaluable.

Alex Bailey

Because of his diverse talents not only as an actor but in back stage organisation, sound and light engineering, we invited Alex to join the committee as we acknowledge the need to keep abreast of technological advances in theatre productions and his skills and can-do attitude will be invaluable.
Since arriving in Whangarei in 2015, Cynthia and her actor husband have brought a wealth of directorial, set design/ construction and acting skills to our stage including Looking, Quartet and Curtain Up and Cynthia enjoyed playing retired schoolteacher, Jessie, in Calendar Girls.

Cynthia Cahill

Since arriving in Whangarei in 2015, Cynthia and her actor husband have brought a wealth of directorial, set design/ construction and acting skills to our stage including Looking, Quartet and Curtain Up and Cynthia enjoyed playing retired schoolteacher, Jessie, in Calendar Girls.
Since his arrival in Whangarei in 2016, David has brought his love of theatre from the UK

David Cartledge

Since his arrival in Whangarei in 2016, David has brought his love of theatre from the UK & UAE and is seen on stage, co-directing, in the lighting box and even in the dining room. Who could forget his Mr Humphries in Are You Being Served?
Since returning to Whangarei from teaching overseas, Bill has been an active member of the Society.  He is our second Llicensed Bar Manager, can often be found assisting with the Front-of-House management and has also been persuaded to tread the boards from time to time.

Bill Fenton

Since returning to Whangarei from teaching overseas, Bill has been an active member of the Society. He is our second Llicensed Bar Manager, can often be found assisting with the Front-of-House management and has also been persuaded to tread the boards from time to time.
A keen audience member since 1994 and as a “failed retiree” Wendy joined as a Props Manager and Stage Crew in 2016.  She has also more recently been involved in Stage Management, Sound Engineering, Website Development and fund-raising.

Wendy Fulcher

A keen audience member since 1994 and as a “failed retiree” Wendy joined as a Props Manager and Stage Crew in 2016. She has also more recently been involved in Stage Management, Sound Engineering, Website Development and fund-raising.
Tracey has been a member since 2013 and has directed, performed and musically directed various shows and revues for our theatre.

Tracey Lawson

Tracey has been a member since 2013 and has directed, performed and musically directed various shows and revues for our theatre.
Originally from Berlin, Irina's parents introduced her to the theatre as a teenager.  Having moved to Whangarei, a friend introduced her to our theatre 11 years ago and she fell in love with the experience.  Having learned that all who work at The Octagon are unpaid volunteers, Irina is keen to contribute and make a difference so that others may enjoy as much as she does.

Irina Liebig

Originally from Berlin, Irina’s parents introduced her to the theatre as a teenager. Having moved to Whangarei, a friend introduced her to our theatre 11 years ago and she fell in love with the experience. Having learned that all who work at The Octagon are unpaid volunteers, Irina is keen to contribute and make a difference so that others may enjoy as much as she does.
In 2003, Pete’s introduction to the Society was playing an ageing English Actor in Laying the Ghost.  Later he enjoyed comedy and singing in musicals plus the role of Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap.  His focus is on producing advertising material for each production.

Pete Romer

In 2003, Pete’s introduction to the Society was playing an ageing English Actor in Laying the Ghost. Later he enjoyed comedy and singing in musicals plus the role of Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap. His focus is on producing advertising material for each production.
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VOLUNTEERS

Plus a host of willing volunteers who wait tables, wash/dry dishes and our numerous supporting businesses who contribute to our plays.

OUR PARTNERS

The Octagon Theatre gratefully acknowledges support from the following organisations:

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The Whangarei Repertory Theatre Inc. is a registered
New Zealand Charity (CC39518)

CONTACTS

Ticket Sales:
The Piggery Bookshop
42 Walton Street
Whangarei
Ph: 09 438 5481

Theatre Address:
13 Aubrey Street
Whangarei
Ph: 027 438 2736

Postal Address
P O Box 560
Whangarei 0140

Email:  octagon.member@gmail.com