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The current committee is working hard to keep bringing Hamilton top quality productions. To meet this fine group of individuals, scroll down now and meet the Hamilton Playbox committee.

A little further down you will find our privacy policy.

Lee O web Lee Owens - President

Lee first came through the doors of Riverlea in 1992 when she was involved on stage in a Musikmakers production. She feels she has been fortunate to be able to be part of both Playbox and Musikmakers productions over the years, along with having been a Musikmakers Committee member. Lee has enjoyed her last few years behind the scenes learning the ropes of Producing and now adding Directing to her list of skills. Lee believes “Playbox is a family of energetic people wanting to provide the best entertainment possible”.


Jason Wing - Vice-President

Profile coming soon.....

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Lorna Ashton - Treasurer

Joined the Riverlea family 1988. Musikmakers committee member and President and achieving the Long Service Medal. Joined Playbox committee 2004. Treasurer for many of those years. I am honoured to also be the recipient of a Playbox Long Service Medal. I spent quite a few years abroad working in community cable t-v and worked in schools and libraries both here and overseas with reading programmes and drama classes. I was pivotal in the Community Arts Council in Huntly. I have enjoyed performing over the years and attending some workshops and also directing. I particularly enjoy acting and directing for the One Act Play Festivals.


Neila Blackmore - Secretary

Profile coming soon.....

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Ann Mahon - Committee

I have been a member of the Riverlea Theatre since 2007 when we arrived from Wellington where I had been actively involved with Porirua Little Theatre. My first production for Musikmakers was "Annie" and I have done several other productions since then. I also served on the Musikmakers committee for 3 years in the role of Secretary. I have assisted in Props recently for "Open All Hours" and had a small walk on role which was my first taste of being in a play. I have been a Production Manager and have done some backstage work. I look forward to being involved in many more plays and musicals in the future.


Mark Perry - Committee

In 1991 Mark was dragged along to Riverlea by a work colleague were he started out as a stagehand for "Stepping Out". Since then he has been involved with many aspects of theatre (lighting design and operation, sound design and operation, props, stage manager, bar manager, set construction, etc) in productions too numerous to count. It is not unusual for him to be somehow involved in most (if not all) productions at Riverlea Theatre.

He was president of Hamilton Playbox from 2008 to 2010. Mark designed and maintains the Hamilton Playbox website and has a keen interest in the history of the society.

For the crime of being too involved in theatre he was awarded a Life Membership to Hamilton Playbox in 1999 and in 2012 was nominated (by Musikmakers) and awarded a Merit Award from Musical Theatre New Zealand (MTNZ). In 2014 Mark was awarded a Life Membership to Musikmakers.

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Jamie Thomas - Committee

Jamie began his theatrical journey at age eleven with several plays and skits at his small country primary school. He went on to be in most of the productions during his time at Hamilton Boys High School.

After tertiary education and a year in Japan, Jamie appeared in three plays in close succession with the Kaitaia Dramatic society before going to London for two years. On his return to Hamilton he decided to get involved with the Riverlea Theatre and since then has been in one Playbox production per year. Jamie joined the committee in 2014.

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Dan Blackmore - Committee

Dan's first stage appearance was at the age of 10 in the "Gang Shows". Since then there has been a 60 year theatrical apprenticeship firstly as singer, gymnast, dancer and actor.

During the last 30 years Dan has concentrated on technical matters including as a director, set designer, set construction and painting, lighting design and theatre management.

Over the years he has witnessed, in the entertainment business, the beginnings of many illustrious entertainment careers including a young Johnny Devlin, Lew Pryme and Midge Marsden.

Favourite moments - morning coffee and cigarette with Keith Richard, butler to the Sultan of Brunei and working for the Royal Household.

Memorable roles - Rattlesnake in "Calamity Jane", the Commander in "Not Now Darling" and Front of House Manager for Riverlea Theatre.

Dan is Paton and Life Member of Hamilton Playbox.


Elisabeth Easther - Patron

Having started her professional life as an actress, playing Victoria the dinosaur in the children’s series, Johnson and Friends, Elisabeth knew, if she wanted to make a living, she’d need to find other things to do too. Consequently, she took to writing - for magazines, newspapers, radio and the stage and has been doing just that, here and in the UK, for the last 18 years. Elisabeth has also worked in radio, as a tour guide in Turkey, she's been a magazine editor, a script advisor, a life guard and, occasionally still, an actress in programmes such as Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, Power Rangers and Legend of the Seeker. Currently Elisabeth is onscreen playing Nicky Coleman in a series of commercials for Countdown supermarkets and continuing to work as a feature writer for the NZ Herald.

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Michael Easther - Patron

Michael Easther has been involved with theatre for nearly 82 years, having first been in a variety show at the age of 4. He has been associated with Playbox for about 30 years now and his favourite show was Michael Frayne’s “Noises Off - a wonderful play, a marvellous cast and a brilliant set. He was typecast as an old actor with a shonky memory!

He is very proud indeed to have been asked to be joint patron of Playbox with his daughter, Elisabeth - not something you can just audition for. He has also done some professional acting, such as being in “Hercules” and “The Forgotten General”.

He was in General Practice in Hamilton for 35 years and still practises hypnotherapy, which is, let’s face it, a form of acting. He gave one anaesthetic with hypnotherapy for a major orthopaedic operation, where the patient had a problem with all drugs.

He has written 3 books and also had several short stories published in anthologies. He has been providing a weekly satirical verse for the Waikato Times now for over 13 years and, also, written sketches for shows.

He has compiled crossword and other word puzzles for over 20 different outlets, including 3 magazines in Australia. He compiled a phonetic crossword for The Australian Crossworder, which the Editor felt was certainly a world first, while he has been providing the Waikato Times with a weekly cryptic crossword for roughly 30 years.

He’s a busy lad, isn’t he!


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