Auditions for Bruce Mason's classic drama, The Pohutukawa Tree, directed by Dinna Myers

This iconic Kiwi drama is the story of the last Māori family remaining on their whenua in a town now completely populated by Pākehā in the 1950’s. Aroha is the matriarch of the family. The rest of her iwi has been displaced or moved on but Aroha is determined never to leave her ancestral home and is struggling to retain her cultural and spiritual identity and keep her family innocent in a rapidly changing and dangerous world.

Pohutukawa Tree Roles


Aroha Mataira - Female - Māori - 50's-60's

Queenie Mataira - Female - Māori - 16

Johnny Mataira - Male - Māori - 18

Roy McDowell - Male - Pākehā - 17-20

Clive Atkinson - Male - Pākehā - 40's

Isobel Atkinson - Female - Pākehā - 30's - 40's

Sylvia Atkinson - Female - Pākehā - 18-23

Rev. Sedgwick - Male - Pākehā - 30's - 50's

Dr. Lomas - Male - "an old Scot"

George Rawlings - Male - Pākehā - 20's

Mrs. Rawlings - Female - Pākehā - 40's - 50's

Claude Johnson - Male - Pākehā - 50's - 60's

Bertha Johnson Female - Pākehā - 50's - 60's

Sergeant Robinson - Male - Pākehā - 40's - 50's

Wedding Guests - Male and female, any age 15+

Two Māori Women - 50's - 60's preferred

We are also looking for stage hands and techs! Get in touch to join the team!

Auditions take place Sunday, August 3rd at 11:00am

Please click the button below to reserve your audition spot.  Then, show up ready to warm up and read for roles.

Rehearsals start August 18 and run Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. 

Performances are November 1 - 16.

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