Aspiring actor takes on lead role in Lent
boy centre stage in an adult play. Mentoring Paul on his journey to adolescence is his avuncular ageing Latin teacher, “Matey”, their interests being protected by Paul’s guardian, Mrs Blake, from the devious and scheming headmaster Edwards and his demented, domineering wife. A play of love, greed, companionship and hope, the cast of Lent also included Carolyn Allan as Mrs Blake, Bernard and Lynne Long as the Edwards, and Terry himself playing Matey. Terry, who is also directing the show, said while Lent was a drama, it had threads of hope and compassion with some comedic elements. Foxton Little Theatre had received sound reviews and recognition through the annual Regional Theatre Awards in recent times. In 2019, Foxton Little Theatre took out 11 awards that included Best Play of 2019, Best Director, Best Debut Director, Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor, Best Supporting Female, Best Supporting Male, Best Emerging Female Actor, Best Connection Between Characters, and Best Concept and Design. The society also produced the premiere of Gone To Seed, which won the Best New NZ Full-length Play category for playwright Tim Hambleton. Lent was the second production from Foxton Little Theatre this year, following on from their thriller Wait Until Dark earlier this year. It generally put out three offerings a year, but last year had just two shows due to Covid-19 restrictions. Weekend shows came with a meal, too. The Foxton Little Theatre is the oldest building still in use in Foxton. It was built in 1867 by George Nye as the Presbyterian Church. The first minister was Rev James Duncan who had originally worked as a missionary in the rohe. In 1861 he was inducted as minister to the European settlers and remained as Presbyterian minister until 1897. In 1970, the Union of the Methodist and Presbyterian congregations meant the church was no longer needed and was eventually sold to the Little Theatre. Lent opens at 7.30pm on Friday, August 6 at the Little Theatre, Main St, Foxton, and runs each Friday and Saturday until August 21. Bookings can be made at Property Brokers Main St, Foxton, phone 363 0022.