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Extravaganza. April 26. May 6 1967

Producer — Bill Sheat


Bill Sheat

Bill Sheat has become known as the Gladys Moncrieff of Extravaganza because he keeps coming back, having been associated with Extravaganza in 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960 as Actor, Writer, House Manager, Advertising Manager and Producer. In 1961 and 1962 he produced the first two Christmas Revues for the V.U.W. Drama Club with which he has long had a long association including 4 years as President.

For Wellington Repertory he produced George Axelrod's "The Seven Year Itch", Alex Coppel's "The Gazebo" and two Intimate Revues "She'll be Right" (1960) and "Not to Worry" (1963). As an Actor he is deservedly less well known, his best remembered performance being perhaps when he understudied the "Letterbox" in "Dick Whittington".

When no one wants to use him in a creative capacity (which is pretty frequently) he contents himself with acting as an administrator. He has for ten years been a member of the Executive of the New Zealand Drama Council and has recently completed a two year term as its National President. He was a foundation Committee Member of "Downstage" and is currently the President of its Management Committee and a Member of the Drama Committee of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.

Musical Theatre has always had a strong claim on his allegiances and he was a founder Director of the Chamber Opera Group. For Opera Technique he has produced Flotow's "Martha" and Smetana's "Bartered Bride" both with the National Orchestra. The "Bartered Bride" was designed by Alan Lees with whom he is associated again on the present production.

"I am sure that the students of to-day have much more talent for the performing arts than the student of 10 years ago. To-days student has a much greater appreciation of what is involved in putting on a show and has a much greater capacity for applying his imagination. It is a real pleasure to work with talents such as those of writers Roger Hall and Stephen Whitehouse Choreographer, Dierdre Tarrant and Musical Director Gilbert Haisman".