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Ladies for Hire

Author: Alison Quigan

Summary: St Mary's Church Choir is the most well known and liked choir in Palmerston North. The heart and soul of the community, with a cup of tea and slice never far from hand, the ladies provide the congregation with life, joy and music. Until the new parish priest finds their humour a bit close to the bone and fires them.

Out of a home and a workplace, determined not to let Father Paul get the better of them, the ladies go it alone, becoming ladies for hire... choir hire, that is.

Alison Quigan has beautifully crafted this modern story of leadership and loyalty when faith is tested and you find out who your true friends are in times of crisis.

Dates and times: Wednesday 30 May to Saturday 2 June 2012 at 8 pm, Sunday 3 June at 3 pm, Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June at 6.30 pm, Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 June at 8 pm

Ticket prices: $22 waged adults, $20 seniors, unwaged adults and tertiary students, $15 Stagecraft members and high-school students with valid ID. Two tickets for $22 on the first Thursday for all ticket categories. Early bird discount until 15 May: book for the first week of the play and get $2 off the full ticket price ($20 instead of $22).


  • Harriet - Stephanie Gartrell
  • Mary McIntyre - Loren Martin
  • Mary O'Donnell - Kaaryn Cater
  • Marijka - Terry Binding
  • Shelley - Toni-Maree Westcott
  • Father Paul - Kiel Taylor
  • Father Peter - David Cox
  • Trina/Pallbearer/Family Friend - Emma Rose Luxton
  • Bride/Kindergarten Teacher/Farmers Employee/Police officer - Kerryn Donovan
  • Bridegroom/Pallbearer/Paul Fitzgibbons/'Roha' - Thomas Pepperell
  • Bridesmaid/Cecilia Fitzgibbons/Pallbearer/Concerned Parent - Gitta Majumder
  • Pallbearer/Colin Fitzgibbons - Barry Meyers

Crew: Claire Hewitt (director, set designer), Cherie Chapman (musical director), Sam Perry (production manager, set realisation), Barry Meyers (stage manager, sound designer, set realisation), Benjamin Haddock (sound operator), Rachel Upchurch (lighting operator), Matthew Leather (window lighting), Nan Sanders (wardrobe coordinator), Pam Alderton, Christine Gourlay, Ingrid Sage, Joan Foster (wardrobe assistant), Leigh Cain (rehearsal prompt), Stephen Fearnley, Simon Boyes, Alec Rogers, Rebecca Parker, Ross Foubister (set realisation), Susannah Donovan (props coordinator, centre window, front of house manager), Tanya Piejus (photographer and videographer), Iona Anderson (front of house manager), Rodney Bane (poster/flyer/programme design, opening night supper)

Last updated 16 November 2013