We are now accepting Registrations for the Auditions Weekend for the 2017 Show. Please register below. We look forward to seeing you!
WORKSHOP & AUDITIONS DATES
We are now accepting Registrations for the Auditions Weekend for the 2017 Show. Please register below. We look forward to seeing you!
WORKSHOP & AUDITIONS DATES
Roll out the red carpet. Zoetica is coming.
Zoetica translates roughly as ‘to live life animatedly’. The Tarnished Frocks and Divas Development team have unashamedly taken it from the word ‘zoetic’ which means vital and used it to name a show packed with vitality and performed by 40+ women absolutely full of life.
Without giving too much away and spoiling the excitement and surprise of the show we can say that the TFandD team have done it again. They have come up with an idea and developed a theme and storyline that is relevant, interesting and hilarious, and will be spectacular to witness.
In staging Zoetica Tarnished Frocks and Divas will employ all the technology available to enhance the show and take you beyond the stage.
Peta Mathias joins TFandD in 2017. She plays her part as a stylish executive with fingers in many pies – running her entrepreneurial empire on the technological superhighway. Will she cook? Wait and see.
Jackie Clarke is back. However, instead of strutting the stage in her full glory, in her role this year it may be a case of ‘spot the Jackie’ exhibiting her usual fun and exuberance.
The popular catwalk segments return and will intertwine edgy industrial, feminine lace and many more themes into the story-line…
The Tarnished Frocks and Divas development team have been meeting regularly for months. They have created characters, given them a ‘mission’ and wrapped a story around them. Their script in progress has gone to professional Auckland screenwriter, Kathryn Burnett also a script consultant who has been in the TV/film industry for 20 years. She is ‘polished the diamond’ before handing it back to the producer ready for the production team to begin and work their creative magic.
As in past shows there will be lead parts, support acts, music, dance and theatre on the catwalk, plus an inspiringly interactive big screen extravaganza using technology to heighten the experience.
Save the date: 30 August -2 September 2017
Become part of the show and discover why women over 40 LOVE being part of the TFandD team. Auditions: 18-19 March, 2017 register here.
The 2015 season of Tarnished Frocks and Divas is endorsing three charities this year, with three women acting ambassadors, or more appropriately, ‘Ambassadivas’, for the charities.
The show has incorporated fundraising into its ticket sales making is easy to purchasers to add a donation to their chosen charity. The Ambassadivas will provide another opportunity to donate by circulating prior to each show’s commencement. Read the article in full on the Weekend Sun website.
Adding Deliciousness to “Life” pg 6
Weaving the Threads
Tarnished Frocks and Divas has always been about developing talent and providing a platform for those involved to blossom in their creative fields. You will often see past performers, designers, singers actors and musicians who have evolved from Tarnished Frocks and Divas out in the community performing in some way or another. We are always delighted to see the way our performers gain confidence and experience to express themselves artistically.
The 2015 show, a tangled thread, will introduce and nurture yet more new and current talent. The production team is forever pushing the boundaries. It may only be Christmas but we’ve already made plenty of progress:
In a Good Place
“We are in a very good place time wise,” reports Director, Marilyn Collins-Smith. “The concept, story and basic script are written and the characters have been created to weave the thread connecting the eight model walks. The character’s back stories are now being built and extended, along with their relationships with each other and connection with the theme and the model walks. Set suggestions have also been submitted for finalization. Planning is started on the music slots and timing. The dates for the workshop and audition weekend (see below) have been set with format for this in progress.”
Marilyn is continuing with planning and setting each scene ready for rehearsals beginning in May.
Designs on Divas
The Design Team has had its first get together reports Robyne Dowdall, Creative Director of Design. “We enjoyed a few hours of getting to know each other over the stimulating conversation that is shared when like minded people gather.”
Robyne introduced her fellow Designers – Maree Cleaver, Barbara Davis, Debi Bennett, Kerry Funnell and Jo Page – to the team of makers (some of whom have already been working together on garments for the 2015 show). The ‘Make Team’ is made up of a few ‘wonder women’ from the last show and new talent offering their skills to the 2015 show.
“We have two designers working on each section (walk) and they each have their own team of makers. The finale with all six designers’ garments hitting the catwalk promises to take your breath away.”
Robyne confirms that, as always, the 2015 garments will be recreated from vintage/retro clothing and a theme woven through the show. The entire cast, including dancers, will be designed and styled by Robyne and Kerry.
“I am so thankful to these women for their constant support and friendship,” says Robyne.”It is their teamwork and creative contribution that enables us to step up and make the 2015 show a jaw dropper.”
The Music Man
There’s no show without music and Musical Director Aaron Saxon has become so integral to the show it would be hard to imagine TF and D without Aaron!
Tarnish Frocks and Divas weaves well known music into its show but this time there will also be an original theme song. Aaron, who is Director of Mauao Performing Arts, is working on something ‘cinematic’ for the 2015 show. “The tune will have themes to fit the epic adventure and scale of the show with recurring themes during the different scene dynamics to tie the show together. Writing a theme song for TF and D is a new concept. It will be used in conjunction with the traditional elements of music in the show.”
The Dancing Queen
We are delighted to announce Michelle Carabine has joined the 2015 Production team as Choreographer. Michelle trained in Tauranga in classical ballet and modern dance with a focus on performance and examinations. “I first saw the show in 2007, was a model in the 2013 show and am super excited to be choreographing the dancers for the 2015 show.”
Michelle expands on the philosophy she brings to the show:
“Past shows have explored grand themes and 2015 will be no different. As in previous years there will be elements of dance set against visual design, gorgeous frocks, props, lighting and technology. The dance sections will evoke the various themes of the show and will be tailored to suit the varying skill levels of the dancers. There may also be more of a blurred line between the models and dancers than in previous years.
“Prior to working with the dancers this year I will be researching and creating a series of movements drawn from experiences of everyday life including music, moods/emotions, movies, stories and relationships and reviewing the material to find key movement ideas that express the various themes.”
Michelle is a lawyer for Sharp Tudhope in her ‘other life’.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION – BECOME A DIVA!
Make 2015 the Year YOU ‘just do it’ and AUDITION FOR Tarnished Frocks and Divas.
SAVE THE DATE: 2015 SHOW AUDITIONS
2/3 MAY 2015, ASB ARENA, TAURANGA
Join like minded women who ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. It may change your life.
The team at Tarnished Frocks and Divas wish you all a fabulous 2015!
It may be a year till the next season of Tarnished Frocks and Divas but the 2015 show already has a name and a theme. As usual the intimate details of the show are held tight to the chests of those involved.
Yet again Tarnish Frocks and Divas (TF&D) plans to take the audience (and the performers) on an expedition where they can reinvent (or forget) themselves and live their dreams clothed in gorgeous frocks and surrounded by fantastic theatre and uplifting music. Just when you think TF&D has reached its pinnacle in terms of creativity and verve it promises to scale it yet again with another amazing journey through the imagination.
Here is a hint of the ‘back story’ weaving into the 2015 show:
Life isn’t always how we imagine … or is it? Are you the dreamer who longs for an alternate reality, the storyteller who weaves a thread and spins a fantastical yarn? Do you have a trusty sidekick who is capable of no end of wonder and mischief? Are there wonderful but familiar characters in your life that wreck havoc and create magic?
We can all dream and imagine our lives dressed in magic and sprinkled with fairy dust, where we follow a thread of music, dance and creative garb; where we live in the light of our imagination, making up a fantasy that will become a reality!
Weaving the Tangled Thread
While the show will be headlined by familiar New Zealand entertainment icons, the team behind ‘A Tangled Thread’ is from the local community.
Once again Denny Spee will be behind the wheel as Executive Producer. “I really am so lucky to have the opportunity to be working with exceptional creatives,” says Denny. “Their never ending enthusiasm and commitment to raising the bar and delivering a show that will be both visual and entertaining and also inspire the audience, astounds me.”
Marilyn Collins-Smith, who is well known in local theatre circles, steps up from Associate Director to Director for the 2015 show, building on the fantastic job she did in 2013. Robyne Dowdall is another team member bringing her experience on previous shows to her role as Creative Director of Design working with a team of four designers. “We put out a call for designers earlier this year, asking them to submit examples of their work,” says Robyne. “I was thrilled with the calibre of designers who expressed interest.” The chosen team of Kerry Funnell, Barbara Davis, Maree Cleaver and Debi Bennett are, says Robyne, “An eclectic mix of design flair which together will work magic in unexpected ways.”
Art Director Angela McKenzie is an accomplished artist in her own right, also an experienced curator. She leads a team of local artists, Debbie Sutherland, Lynette Fisher, Melanie Mills, Kim Tognazzo, and Barbara Inkster. “These creative talents were selected on the basis of demonstrating their ability to run with a theme, take it outside conventional thinking and work well in a team environment,” says Angela.
Tarnished Frocks and Divas 2105 will again embrace and absorb into the show the Open Designer Award for which entry kits are available on line.
Save the Date
TF& D successfully increased potential audience numbers by staging in the higher capacity ASB Arena in 2103. The season was a sell out and audiences thrilled to the environment created within the large space. The show returns to the ASB Arena this year but will deliver a totally different experience.
Save the dates, 16-19 September 2015. Once again the creative team will weave their magic in transporting performers and audiences to an appreciation of the joy in life and a rediscovery of fabulousness.
Register on line to become an ‘Accessory’ and keep up with the play as TF&D progresses towards opening night in one year’s time.
Diva Directions is a series updating you all on Divas involved in the 2013 Show.
Kutu Mukherjee featured as the Indian soloist in the 2013 TFandD show. This was a huge opportunity for Kutu to bring Indian Tagore music to the international scene. “It was an honour to be inducted into the show… It was amazing to be able to intertwine my culture with New Zealand culture in such a beautiful production.”
“The show was a pleasure in every single aspect. The performing put aside, even rehearsals were enjoyable as I met so many lovely and talented women. The atmosphere of Tarnished Frocks and Divas itself was an incredible experience, and this journey has not only given me the pleasure of performing but has led me to befriend some incredible people.”
Kutu moved to New Zealand in 1995. Before Tarnished Frocks and Divas, Kutu made her mark in the community after training as a bilingual tutor and tutoring ESOL students for years. She was then selected for the National Advisory Group in 2002. However one of her biggest achievements is founding the ethnic women’s support group in Tauranga, Disha (now known as Shakti). After establishing this and the Tauranga Ethnic Council (Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council), Kutu then diverted her effort back to her music which had taken the back seat for so many years.
She decided to bring a fresh show to the scene. “I wanted to bring Indian music to the people of Tauranga, but not in the normal fashion. I wanted to create an Indian and western fusion to the stage.” This thought inspired Kutu’s production ‘East Meets West’ a production that brought the two separate worlds together through dance and music. “What better way to bind two cultures than through the arts.”
Kantha Art Exhibition
Kuta is holding an exhibition of Kantha Art. She explains how it came about:
“While in India recently I was discussing Kantha Art with my ENT surgeon friend at a cafe. We talked about how beautiful and unique it is. It was through this string of conversation that I thought Why not bring it to New Zealand so we can share a unique form of Indian art with people of Tauranga? My friend, caught up with the idea and supported me whole heartedly. As a result we went on a four hour drive to the villages of Bolpur (about 200kms west of Calcutta) where we saw the source of this exotic art. We decided that by bringing this art form on fabrics, we are not only introducing an exotic Indian folk art form to New Zealand but also helping these rural women in their business to earn more money and better living.
As a result, I am now holding an exhibition and sale on the 18th and 19th of July, Friday and Saturday 4pm – 7pm. This exhibition will be held at my home (7 Barnsley Close, Bethlehem).
View my website to see beautiful range of fabrics and garments.”
Kuta’s experience as a performer with TFandD has widened her circle in the community she now lives and it is wonderful to see her contributing so much and sharing her vivid culture with people in her new home.
Lynda Royal was a Dancer Diva in the 2013 Show. “Volunteering to be part of the 2013 Show, named A Fabulous Journey of Discovery, was also a wonderful metaphor for the experience of being in the show itself, I had no idea what to expect. I showed up at the auditions as a last minute thing and next thing I knew I was part of this amazing creation.
“It was a lot of work, but of the most self-indulgent kind – lots of dancing, spending time with some of the most incredible women, confronting my own fears about putting myself ‘out there’, and did I mention lots of dancing?
“Being part of the show was a fantastic experience and I can’t recommend it enough if you get the chance to audition and be part of it. So many wonderful things come out taking part, not least of all the new friends you make that will be friends for life. But if you have a family I recommend precooking a few meals for the freezer in advance of busy rehearsal weeks!”
Outside of Tarnished Frocks and Divas, Lynda is a web designer, having taught herself to code websites in 2007.
“I started reading lots about online marketing around that time, coming from a business background that included marketing and copywriting I was fascinated to learn how offline marketing translated to online business success. I felt there were great opportunities to be had, worldwide opportunities that would enable me as a New Zealander to have an international business and enjoy the lovely lifestyle I have here in New Zealand.”
She feels like she has taken the long road though; “I learnt to hand code websites from scratch by teaching myself using online resources, of which there are many. I realised that once I knew how to build a website I could also offer my skills to other small business owners who wanted an attractive and functional web presence without having to pay tens of thousands of dollars, I am often floored by some of the sums I hear that are paid to developers for really simple websites.” She now has a small team of part-time and outsource workers and many web design clients throughout New Zealand and Australia.
For her next step, Lynda has taken what she knows and has created her own Vintage Blog and Online Store called Bachology (www.bachology.com). “It is really important to be passionate about your subject matter when you take on blogging and ecommerce. While it is comparatively easy to get a website set up, to blog and maintain an online presence requires an enormous amount of time and patience but the absolute key to success is consistency.”
Bachology is a labour of love with stories of vintage recipes and vintage wares plus a great selection of pre-loved and pretty vintage items for sale. Lynda believes that vintage goods are often much better quality than their brand new equivalent; “You can have something quite unique that not everyone else has got and you are not further adding to your environmental footprint when you relove something vintage.”
The 2015 Tarnished Frocks and Divas show has a date, a venue, and a concept. It is now calling for creative people to participate in the design process.
The show dates are 16-19 September next year. It will again be staged in the ASB Events Centre, but will be nothing like the last show. The concept remains a secret divulged only to those involved and among the first to know will be the new members of the design team.
Tarnished Frocks and Divas (TF&D) Creative Director of Design, Robyne Dowdall, points out that in looking for prospective designers for her team the word creative is the key. “We are looking for people who will relish the opportunity to unleash and stretch their imaginations to create the garments for the 2015 show.” The creative people she is searching for will be given the chance to behave like “a kid in a lolly shop” among TF&D’s massive collection of retro, vintage and pre loved clothes and accessories begging for reinvention and reworking into the myriad of amazing garments that the show is famous for. Robyne says she adores the process and invites other creatives to join her. “I would love the company of forward thinking women able to make a commitment to the team, to work together to create a dazzling show.”
Robyne points out that they are not looking for designers as such; there is no requirement to make patterns or sew the clothing. “They are the ideas people, people who enjoy the tactile qualities of fabric and who can see an existing garment and visualize it becoming a totally different entity. We would like to see an example of their creativity.”
The clothes do, of course, have to be constructed. TF&D has its own Make Team for this purpose. The show’s developers would also like to hear from anyone who loves to sew and to be a part of an exciting journey with like minded women.
Potential Creative Designers or members of the Make Team should contact us here to register their interest.
Photo: Creative Director of Design, Robyne Dowdall, in Tarnish Frocks and Divas’ ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of retro and pre loved clothing.