Celebrating creativity and community: Isaac Theatre Royal

As we cross the threshold into mid-2024, the Isaac Theatre Royal team reflects on a decade of resilience and renewal since the rebuild in the heart of Ōtautahi.

The past year and a half have been radiant, with the historic stage echoing vibrant creativity and the deep connections that bind our community.Central to the mission is the nurturing of young talent.

Last year, the expanded School Holiday Drama Workshops with Canvas Bag Drama School were a success, as young actors lit up the stage with newfound improv and musical theatre skills.

Each performance showcased their talent and highlighted the arts’ profound impact on young lives. Their commitment to community enrichment was further exemplified through collaborations like the Selwyn Singing Stars Drama Group. These programs, that unite juniors and seniors in the joy of drama and musical theatre, have forged enduring bonds and cultivated a deep-seated love for the arts.

A pinnacle moment arrived with the Isaac Theatre Royal’s partnership with Top Dog Theatre Company, which brought Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” to the stage. This transcended mere performance, becoming an immersive journey that captivated audiences of all ages and inspired local talents to explore new creative heights.

However, nothing embodied their mission to inspire and elevate quite like “360 ALLSTARS.” This dynamic showcase of BMX, basketball, and breakdancing not only entertained but introduced to the exhilaration of live performance for the first time, the team says. Offering complimentary tickets to youth community services opened doors and created lasting memories.

Championing local talent remains the bedrock of their efforts. Whether providing a platform for Southern Ballet’s graceful performances or partnering with the Royal New Zealand Ballet to offer discounted student tickets, the Isaac Theatre Royal remains steadfast in ensuring everyone can experience the transformative power of the arts.

During the holiday season, the theatre team, alongside the beloved Ōtautahi community and Royal Friends, united to support Women’s Refuge with donations that brought comfort and joy to those in need. These moments underscore the profound ability of art to uplift spirits and strengthen community bonds.

The remainder of 2024 and beyond anticipates expanding educational programs to continue the strive of accessible arts. Fostering creativity, inclusivity, and cultural enrichment citywide, the Isaac Theatre Royal celebrates the arts and forges meaningful connections to illuminate a brighter future through the enchanting power of theatre.



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