Previous Shows.

Our inaugural event was in 2005 and since then, we’ve brought the Tarnished Frocks and Diva’s extravaganza to Tauranga bi-annually, take a walk through our previous shows.

 
 

2017: zoetica

An unlikely group of women come together, daring to dream and launch a digital magazine. Our key protagonist Alex (played by Catroina Fallon) may have been stretching the truth when it came to her amount of sway with partner (ahem, boss) Lucille Zapper (played by Peta Mathias who checks in via video call along the way). Everything hits the skids when the bills pile up and Alex is exposed, but all is forgiven and with a bit of teamwork and faith it all comes together for the launch. Fashion walks peppered through the show represented each of the feature stories that Alex and the team produced for the magazine. A tale of sisterhood, identity and finding your beauty and power.

show development + personnel

Exec. Producer: Denny Spee, Director: Marilyn Collins-Smith, Creative Director of Design: Robyne Dowdall, Musical Director: Maree White, Choreographer: Cole Bockman, Designers: Cherrie Harris, Robyn Molloy, Robyne Dowdall, Debbie Sutherland, Vicki Reid, Robin Watkins, Michelle Rose, Kerry Funnel, Digital Design: Two Seats Studio, Paul and Sass Innes, Production Manager: Ross Shilling, Stage Manager: Bronwyn-Ann Lightbody, Hair + Wig Creations: ADO, Jason and Penny Davies and team, Make-up: Sophie Garth, Tracey Fellingham and team Milliner Designer: Monika Nuehauser, Art Dept: Jannine Bishop, Richard Parker, Cast + Backstage Crew: 230, Photographer: Natalie Murdoch Photography, Brydie Photography, Karlie Morrow Photography.

Guest Artists + Principal Performers

Jackie Clarke: as herself, Peta Mathias: Lucille Zapper, Catriona Fallon: Alex Peach-Parker, Catherine Sylvester: Marjory, Tania Brittain: Clover Wells, Tracey Bourgeois: Rachel Silverman, Brenda Poutawera + Michelle Hill: Raquel + Rochelle, Megan Brebner: Mary Bray, Carol Lyons: Tanesha Lewis, Trish Marsden: Francene O’Hagan.


2015: a tangled thread

We can create our own fantasy and be the master of our own destiny – six housewives bored looking for fun. They answer an advert from the Dreamweaver, played by seeks the help of the saucy Mama Funsistar, played by Annie Crummer and along with her two sistars, the housewives are taken on an adventure where they soon begin to realise their lives are a weave of endless possibilities… the audience once again were treated to an extravaganza of creativity, through theatre on the catwalk.

Show Development + Personnel

Producer: Denny Spee, Director: Marilyn Collins-Smith, Creative Director of Design: Robyne Dowdall, Musical Director: Maree White, Choreographer: Michelle Carrabine, Art Director: Angela McKenzie, Designers: Jo Page, Maree Cleaver, Barbara Davis, Robyne Dowdall, Kerry Funnell, Debi Bennett, Model Choreographer + Coordinator: Jo Page, Open Designer Coordinator: Gillian Ludbrook, Production Manager: Ross Shilling, Stage Manager: Bronwyn-Ann Lightbody, Hair Creations: Adoux, Jason Davies Coordinator of hair teams from Tauranga and Students from Waiariki Poly Technology, Wig Creations:  Penny Davies & Shelley Pullar, Make-up Teams Coordinator: Desiree Osterman, Cast + Backstage Crew: 200, Photographer: Hanz Spee, speeimages.

GUEST ARTISTS + principal performers

Jackie Clarke: Dreamweaver, Annie Crummer: Mama Funsistar, Delayne Ututaonga: Funsistar, Porina McLeod: Funsistar


2013: a fabulous journey of discovery

Travelling throughout the world, Divas from all corners of the world were showcased and celebrated with accompanying fashion.  The show, our largest yet, was an energetic journey that celebrated the vibrancy, colour and joy of cultures throughout the world.

Show Development + Personnel

Producer: Denny Spee, Director: Vanessa Byrnes, Associate Director: Marilyn Collins-Smith, Creative Designers: Robyne Dowdall, Debra Laraman, Musical Director: Aaron Saxon, Choreographer: Sarah Martin, Assistant to Designers: Holly Hill, Production Manager: Ross Shilling, Stage Manager: Bronwyn-Ann Lightbody, Hair Creations: Lynx Hair Directions, Penny Rimmer + Adoux, Jason and Penny Davies and teams, Make-up Artists: Coordinator Lillybeth Melmoth and teams, students of Face & Beauty Academy Tauranga, Cast + Backstage Crew: 180, Photographer:  Hanz Spee of speeimages.

Guest Artists:

Jackie Clarke, Annie Crummer, Inachord Choir


2011: A FABULOUS TASTE OF FRENCH FASHION

Based on French designers the 2011 show was a play. Set in a cafe in Paris, beautiful creations were introduced through song, dance and story.

Show Development + Personnel

Producer: Denny Spee, Director: Vanessa Byrnes, Creative Director: Judith Bell, Assistant Designer: Robyne Dowdall, Musical Director: Aaron Saxon, Choreographer: Caterina Cosma, Stage Manager: Bronwyn-Ann Lightbody, Hair Creations: Lynx Hair Direction Penny Rimmer and team, Make-Up Artists: Coordinator Tina Neville and Team, Cast + Backstage Crew: 120, Photographers: Emily Hlavac Green Photography, Roly Ebbing.

Guest Artist

Jackie Clarke

 

 

2009: THROUGH THE DECADES - 1920's to 1960's

The inspiration for Tarnished Frocks And Divas 2009 was taken from five decades-1920’s through to 1960’s.  Many of those involved had mothers and grandmothers who lived through these eras. Re-vamped fashion, film narrative, music, song, memory, dance, story, wit and popular culture from those decades were interwoven to create a living and colourful patchwork.

An integral part of the Tarnished Frocks and Divas August 2009 show was the opportunity for young fashion designers to enter their creations in what has become a very competitive “open section”. The theme for the secondary school open section of the third Diva Show was “Futuristic Divas”.

Tarnished Frocks and Divas’ wardrobe designer Judith Bell briefed the designers to put themselves in the shoes of a design trendsetter and forecaster. Just as war, the depression, and the introduction of zips and man made fibres had a huge influence on the history of fashion, the young designers were asked to consider how economics, technology, the environment and other cultures/sub-cultures could influence fashion trends in the future.

Show Development + Personnel

Producer: Denny Spee, Director:  Vanessa Byrnes, Creative Director: Judith Bell, Voice Coach: Jane Keller, Choreographer: Paula Harrison, Stage Manager: Bronwyn-Ann Lightbody, Hair Creations: Lynx Hair Direction, Penny Rimmer, Adoux , Jason and Penny Davies and teams, Photographers: Jo Miller and Capture -it School of Photography


2007: THE LIFE OF A DIVA

Bolstered by the success of that first show the same women went on to produce a second event. This built on, enhanced and strengthened the Western Bay of Plenty arts movement with a unique form of creativity. It explored and promoted the ethnic diversity of our culture. With a cast made up of models, dancers and singers  the audiences were once again inspired and the show fuelled their interest and passion in the Arts. New Zealand's iconic performer Jackie Clarke sung a varied range of songs  throughout the show which saw the audience  up on their feet rock-in!

Show Development + Personnel

Creative Director: Helen Lees, Director: Barby Pensabene, Musical Director: Maree White, Choir Director: Adrienne Ranson, Choreographers: Denny Spee, Sheree Phillips, Lighting: Ben Hambling, Stage Manager: Bronwyn-Ann Lightbody, Hair: Coordinator Lynx Hair Directon, Penny Rimmer and team, Cast and Backstage Crew: 100, Photographers: Ross Brown, Roly Ebbing.

Guest Artist

Jackie Clarke

 

 

2005: THE INAUGURAL SHOW - A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DIVA

Tarnished Frocks and Divas took the form of a performing arts exhibition and fashion show - with a difference!  The fashion theme focused on retro clothing, creatively revamped and reworked into contemporary styles. The aim was to inspire women to be creative, expressive, imaginative, and have fun. All Tarnished Frocks and Divas sections were performed by women older than 40 who have emerged from the retro era, adding authenticity to the performance. The show also featured national celebrity guests who epitomized the overall vision of celebrating life. The unique talents of Jackie Clarke (singer/cabaret/theatre/performing artist) and Elena (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra violinist) inspired, enriched and entertained the audience.

Show Development + Personnel

Creative Director: Helen Lees, Technical Director: Barby Pensabene, Choreographer: Denny Spee, Assistant Choreographer: Sheree Phillips, Production Team: Deirdre Miller, Donna Crosby, Jenny Yelavich, Kerry Lee, Lyn Cutforth, Megan Newlove, Shirley Stevens, Zandy Derbyshire, Stage Mangaer: Jenny Elliot, Assistant Stage Manager: Bronwyn-Ann Lightbody, Hair: Lynx Hair Direction, Penny Rimmer and team, Makeup: Desiree Osterman and team, Cast + backstage crew: 50, Photographer: Joanne Black.

Guest Artists

Jackie Clarke, New Zealand Violinist Elena