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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

Jason first found himself at Riverlea in 2011 attending Stagecraft classes, and was quickly recruited for a Musikmakers production.  He enjoyed several productions with Musikmakers before finding his home with Playbox.  Since joining the committee in 2016, Jason has thoroughly enjoyed learning about the various different things that come together behind the scenes to make a great show, and has been lucky to get some experience working on the production side of things, as well as acting.

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Lorna Ashton - Treasurer

I joined the Riverlea family 1988 and not long after became a Musikmakers committee member rising to the rank of President and achieving the Long Service Medal. I joined Hamilton Playbox committee in 2004 and have been Treasurer for many of those years. I am honoured to be the recipient of a Playbox Long Service Medal. I am also the recipient to a service medal from Theatre NZ. 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 workshops. I particularly enjoy acting and directing for the One Act Play Festivals.


Helen Eyeington - Secretary

Kia ora, I’m Helen Eyeington. Many years ago my son Daniel was cast in The Sound of Music.

More recently I have been involved in productions in Riverlea Theatre since my son Paris was cast in The Addams Family and then The Witches. My Son Nathan was in Cosi and both Paris and Jessica were in Peter Pan. I have helped out painting, backstage and with props for several shows now, and my children like to help out on shows they are not in. The theatre community is a wonderful place for people to connect and express who they are in a safe, creative environment. I am happy to be part of the Hamilton Playbox committee that provides this experience in our neighbourhood.

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Charlotte Mann - Committee

Charlotte is an actor, singer and property manager. An interesting combination but it works for Charlotte. She has been in many shows such as Sweeny Todd, Damn Yankees and The One Hundred, she’s represented New Zealand in the World Championships of Performing Arts, placing Third for Acting. She has a Bachelor’s in Arts majoring in Theatre Studies with a Minor in Media Design. Recently she is trying to get more and more involved in Theatre. She joined the Playbox Committee in 2017 and is loving being a part of the group

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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 and in 2017 received a Hamilton City Merit Award for services to theatre.

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Jamie Thomas - Membership Secretary

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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Glen Mathews- Committee

Glen first came to Riverlea for an audition for the 2018 production of Mary Kenny’s Allegiance.  While rehearsing for this play he became interested in joining the committee and quickly became involved.  He has since also participated in Playbox’s 2018 production of Peter Pan and the 2018 Riverlea Christmas Show.  He is also starting to branch out into other areas, such as trying his hand as a Production Manager.


Jayden Watkins - Committee

My journey in Theatre started back in 2016 at Kensington St Theatre in Putaruru.  Since then I have had a love for all forms of art whether it was Performing Arts or Fine Arts.  Since my involvement with theatre I believe that performing arts is one of the best ways to help today's youth grow in basic life skills, like confidence and ettiquette, amongst many other life skills.  Being the youngest member on the Hamilton Playbox Committee I hope to bring new ideas and perspectives with me.

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Catherine Richmond - Committee

Kia ora koutou. I’m Catherine Richmond, but more commonly known as Kat. I first became involved at Riverlea, when my daughter was in Bugsy Malone. As I had to get her to rehearsals, I decided it was easy to stay and help out, with mics, makeup, keeping kids quiet in the green room etc. This continued when she was in other shows too. Although I’m definitely more of a backstage person and did the props for Vicar of Dibley, I have been on stage. These were small roles as a witch in The Witches, in two irreal or absurd theatre fest plays, and Justine in Frankenstein.

I look forward to learning more about the intricacies of theatre life.

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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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Privacy Policy

Here at Playbox, we take the privacy of our members, patrons and users very seriously. Below are our privacy policy documents in downloadable PDF format.

pdficonHamilton Playbox Personal Information and Privacy Policy

pdficonHamilton Playbox Privacy Principles

pdficonHamilton Playbox Rules of the Society