Each year in February an Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held to elect committee members who are then charged with looking after the society.
All members and observers are welcome to the AGM, but only current financial members are eligible to cast a vote at the AGM.
The Committee members are responsible for the general running of the society on behalf of the members and each take on different areas of interest and expertise. These are generally divided into subcommittees that members are then welcome to join and contribute to.
The committee is made up of 11 to 13 members being President, 2x Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 6-8x Committee members. Each year the President, Secretary, Treasurer, 1x Vice President and 3x Committee members must be elected onto the committee.
Jeremy has been involved with Tauranga Musical Theatre since 1996. He has been on Committee since 2018 and has been President of the Society since 2020. Jeremy is also the Honorary Solicitor for Musical Theatre New Zealand. Jeremy has a strong emphasis on future planning for the Society. He is passionate about ensuring the Society thrives and remains strong, and he works hard to achieve that goal. He has enjoyed implementing various policies and procedures for the Society, being involved in show selection, and more recently, youth development. Jeremy remains humbled by the incredibly talented, hardworking, loyal, and inspiring people that come together to form our TMT family.
Kathy heads up the wardrobe subcommittee which perfectly suits her love of sequins, feathers, whimsy, singing loudly and dancing madly (but only from side stage)! Kathy enjoys sharing a love of theatre with her actual family and with her theatre family too. You’ll find her in the wardrobe department, laughing too loudly.
Ashleen has been involved with TMT since her youth. Immersing herself in most aspects of theatre, she has added a range of skills and knowledge to her kete which she has shared as part of the TMT committee for over 4 years. Her major contributions to the Society involve her role as Secretary, head of Show Selection and Training and Development, and Musical Direction roles. Ashleen is passionate about all things musical theatre and is excitined to continuing serving on the committee for 2021 and beyond!
Hannah is one of our youth coordinators here at TMT alongside Tayla. She is an advocate for our youth and up skilling the next Gen. She joined TMT in 2018 and since then has loved the many opportunities to be in roles on and off the stage. She enjoys doing props, stage crew and has even given Head of Wardrobe a go. Hannah is so excited to be a part of the TMT Committee.
Zoe came to TMT a few years ago to help with Front of House for a show and has never left. She loves every aspect of being involved with TMT from being able to perform on stage to helping backstage and painting set to now being Treasurer on the committee.
Tayla runs TMT youth alongside Hannah and loves inspiring young people to be passionate about theatre. She has been a member of TMT since 2018, performing in a variety of shows. When not onstage, Tayla enjoys musical directing and getting involved behind the scenes in tech, particularly sound. Tayla is thrilled to be a part of your TMT committee.
Gina answered a Facebook advert asking for front of house volunteers, and has been here ever since. She has been involved in some way with every show since, including Head FOH, props, set construction, building maintenance and happily serving drinks in the bar. 2020 saw Gina make her TMT stage debut in the world premiere of Blues Brothers: First Contact. Her love of singing and musicals goes back to her childhood, when she would join her sister singing and dancing her way through iconic movies such as Annie, Oliver and Grease. "TMT is definitely my happy place".
Mark was begrudgingly brought to the theatre one day by his wife Gina and was so blown away by what was happening, he is yet to leave. He was drawn in by the theatre's mystic , the professional feel to the productions and blown away by the local talent on the stage. When he is not out the back building sets and maintaining the building you will find him out the front during show season. After being involved in bringing the shows to life, there is nothing better that seeing the reactions of the crowd. Getting the feedback from the patrons as they leave with huge smiles on their faces makes the time commitment we’ll worthwhile.
With an interest in all things technical you will find Sel behind the scenes rather than in the spotlight. His family has been involved in musical theatre for several years and because of them has helped construct sets and break them down again. He is enjoying serving on the committee and looks forward to sharing his skills to benefit the TMT society. He likes coffee, trivia and running to keep fit.
Musical Theatre runs in the family for Peter, having taken part in productions from the age of 16 his main interest developed into working behind the scenes, stage managing many productions for over 30 years in the UK. He has always been a keen supporter of TMT productions since arriving in NZ. Having sold his business in Tauranga, Peter is now very happy to be able to give time and experience to TMT. He is also very proud to have two grandsons as active members of the Society.
Born and raised in the bay, James has come to know the theatre community from a young age. James has dabbled in many aspects of the theatre world ranging from fly’s, backstage, lighting and has landed on the area he finds to be of most benefit, sound. After being trained by many of the greats of theatre over the 10+ years, he has developed his own flavour and loves to help train and be involved whenever possible to help the community grow.
Matthew was pretty much born on the side of the stage and has never really left. With a theatre technician for a father and a director for a mother he was destined to be involved in theatre in some way. Matthew is a versatile member of TMT often seen on stage but also as comfortable off stage doing LX design, all things techie and more recently branching out into marketing and photography.