Auditions for ‘The Trial of Dr Millicent Malville’


The action in this adult themed comedy drama takes place of a court of law, with the judge, counsels for the prosecution and defence, court officers and various witnesses. Dr Malville is accused of murdering her husband with a lethal shot of morphine.

At the start of the trial, the audience is ‘sworn in’ and at the conclusion has to decide whether they think the accused is innocent or guilty. There are, of course, two different endings to account for their decision.

The biggest roles are the two counsels, but they have the advantage of being able to hold their scripts for much of the time, as happens in court. The cast of 16 must include at least three men – the judge, the toxicologist and the lover. And at least four women – the defendant, the victim’s sister, the medical receptionist and the cleaner. All the other parts are interchangeable. There are three or four non-speaking roles, which are easy and fun to do if you haven’t been on stage before.


  • Court Orderly: Clerk of the Court: James Hassle
  • Prosecution: Sara Barnes, his junior (n/s)
  • Mary Rillington, Defence
  • Nina Ricardo, her junior (n/s)
  • Dr Millicent Malville, the accused
  • Court Guard (n/s): His Honour Judge Loosely
  • Det Insp Pickard
  • Dr Monica Down, Toxicologist
  • Dr Algernon Bracket: pathologist
  • Antonia Malville, sister to the victim
  • Doris Simpson, cleaner
  • Wanda Goodbody, receptionist
  • Dr Peter Lovejoy, practice doctor


Auditions at the Turner Centre on Wednesday, August 30 at 7pm.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, commencing September 3. Not all cast will be required every time.

Performances 10, 11, 12 November.

Written and directed by David Crewe. Contact David if you are interested in a role, but cannot make the audition date.


A BIG Thank You

The curtains came down to a standing ovation on our last performance of ‘Oliver!’ on Saturday night, and we’re just experiencing the mixed emotions of satisfaction and sadness that always comes with the close of a show. We have enjoyed the journey of getting all the way from script to stage, and worked so hard to make it the best we could.

But our production of ‘Oliver!’ would not have been possible without the help of so many people, and chief among those are the audience! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to come to see one of the seven shows. We really hope that we exceeded your expectations and you really enjoyed yourselves.

And many thanks to all the local businesses who donated raffle prizes so generously, and  to all those who took part in the raffle. We had some wonderful prizes and some very happy winners.

Last but not least, thanks to all the unseen people who were involved in the show. The actors on stage are visible and receive their deserved applause, but those behind the scenes put in a lot of time and effort to bring everything together. Thank you, everyone. No matter how small your job was, it was important and much appreciated.

Kerikeri Theatre Company are always ready to welcome new members, and you don’t have to be an actor. There are all sorts of different disciplines at play when a show is being produced. Check out our Membership page to find out more.

We have two more exciting shows in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or website. More information coming soon!

SHOCK HORROR! Man tries to sell boy at Market

Shoppers at the Packhouse Market in Kerikeri were shocked yesterday to see a sinister-looking man, who goes by the name of Mr. Bumble, attempting to sell a small child.

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Mr. Bumble and his followers then proceeded to break into song all over the marketplace, bizarrely singing songs from the musical ‘Oliver!’


Oh right… Mr Bumble, a small boy and songs from Oliver. I get it!

Catch the highlights of the market trip by clicking here, or on the image above.

And more importantly, head over to the Turner Centre box office, and purchase your tickets!

OLIVER! The Musical by Kerikeri Theatre Company from July 11th to 15th at the Turner Centre, Kerikeri


Our Next Production is…

‘Oliver!’ by Lionel Bart is a famous, long-running play based on the novel ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. Full of wonderful songs, a good cast mix of adults and children, and set in the workhouses, inns and slums of Victorian London, Oliver! is going to be a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun too. A play where we can truly get our hands dirty!

We are happy to announce the date for auditions, and are also seeking production crew to work behind the scenes. Please note that this is an amateur production, so all roles are voluntary.


Venue: The Events Room at The Turner Centre
Juniors (school age)   2 – 4pm
Adults      4 – 6pm

If you are interested in auditioning for a part in Oliver!, please first check that you will be available for rehearsals and for the performance dates. While some cast will not be required to attend all rehearsals, we need a solid commitment.

If you are a Junior, make sure you have the support of your parent/guardian, a means of transportation, and that the rehearsals do not clash with other activities you have committed to.

Two evenings per week (usually on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday)
Plus Sunday afternoon
From 26th March to the 9th of July
(Statutory holidays generally not included)

July 11th to 15th
5 Performances scheduled, to include a Saturday Matinee

Adult cast : approximately 10 actors required (male and female)
Junior cast : approximately 10 actors required (male and female) including Oliver himself
Most of the roles involve some singing, often as part of a chorus. Consequently, you will be required to sing at the auditions.

Please email us, stating whether you need a Junior or Adult pack. This will tell you everything you need to know for the audition.

Please come along on audition day if you’re interested in joining the Production Crew. You’ll find a full list of potential roles on our website below the membership form.


As we are an amateur production company, enthusiasm and commitment are more important than experience. Email us if you have any questions before the day, or if you can’t make it but would still like to participate.

Recovering from Frankenstein

Panto season is over, and Christmas and New Year have been and gone. It will soon be time for us to plan ahead and choose a new production! It’s always exciting, and more than a little daunting, to begin the process again.

Keep checking back for news of our next production, and audition dates if you’re keen to take to the stage (front or back!).

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