CCMT​ Appoints ​​2017​​ Emerging ​Talent​ ​School Director 

Centre​ ​City​ ​Music​ ​Theatre​ ​(CCMT)​ ​has​ ​announced​ ​the​ ​appointment​ ​of Hamish​ ​McGregor​​ ​as​ its ​2017​ ​Emerging​ ​Talent​ ​School​ ​Director.

In​ ​making​ ​the​ ​announcement,​ ​CCMT​ ​Board​ ​Chair,​ ​Linda​ ​Fox​ ​said​ ​“We​ ​are absolutely​ delighted​ ​with​ ​next​ ​year’s​ ​ETS​ ​Director​ ​appointment.”

“Hamish​ ​McGregor​ ​is​ ​in​ ​big​ ​demand​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country.​ ​We​ ​were​ ​extremely fortunate​ ​to​ ​secure​ ​his​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Director’s​ ​role​ ​for​ ​our​ ​January Emerging​ ​Talent​ ​School​ ​to​ ​be​ ​held​ ​in​ ​Auckland​ ​from​ ​14​ ​–​ ​22​ ​January​ ​next year.”

“Hamish​ ​offers​ ​students​ ​lucky​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​next​ ​year’s​ ​ETS​ ​so​ ​many positives​ ​–​ ​not​ ​only​ ​is​ ​he​ ​an​ ​extremely​ ​talented​ ​musical​ ​theatre​ ​director​ ​and actor​ ​with​ ​extensive​ experience​ ​in​ ​both​ ​capacities​ ​–​ ​he’s​ ​also​ ​a​ ​qualified​ ​school teacher.​ ​Hamish​ ​is​ ​​ ​extremely​ ​well​ ​connected​ ​and​ ​respected,​ ​not​ ​just​ ​in theatre​ ​but​ ​also​ ​in​ ​the​ ​international​ ​education​ ​sector​ ​having​ ​also​ ​taught​ ​in China​ ​and​ ​South​ ​Korea.”

McGregor​ ​recently​ ​directed​ ​​A​ ​Funny​ ​Thing​ ​Happened​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Way​ ​to​ ​the Forum​​ ​in​ ​Auckland​ ​and​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​directing​ ​​Avenue​ ​Q​​ ​in​ ​Gore.

Earlier​ ​this​ ​year,​ ​McGregor​ ​co-wrote​ ​and​ ​directed​ ​with​ ​Naomi​ ​Cohen, Hungover​ ​-​ ​a​ ​Musical​ ​Comedy​,​ ​a​ ​show​ ​that​ ​enjoyed​ ​a​ ​close​ ​to​ ​sell-out​ ​season at​ ​the​ ​Basement​ ​Theatre​ ​in​ ​Auckland.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time​ ​Hamish​ ​was co-directing​ ​​The​ ​Wizard​ ​of​ ​Oz​​ ​for​ ​ACG​ ​Parnell​ ​College.

Hamish’s​ ​performance​ ​credits​ ​include​ ​​Les​ ​Miserables​,​ ​​Oliver​,​ ​​My​ ​Fair​ ​Lady​The​ ​25​th Annual​ ​Putnam​ ​County​ ​Spelling​ ​Bee,​ ​​Honk​​ ​and​ ​​Mamma​ ​Mia​.

In​ ​2014​ ​he​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​a​ ​NAPTA​ ​for​ ​“Best​ ​Set​ ​Design”​ ​and​ ​“Best​ ​Direction​ ​of a​ ​Musical”.

“Hamish​ ​was​ ​appointed​ ​from​ ​an​ ​impressive​ ​list​ ​of​ ​applicants,”​ ​said​ ​Fox,​ ​“and we​ ​are​ ​doubly​ ​delighted​ ​because​ ​not​ ​only​ ​is​ ​he​ ​a​ ​former​ ​ETS​ ​tutor​ ​but​ ​also​ ​one of​ ​our​ ​earliest​ ​course​ ​participants.​ ​This​ ​adds​ ​so​ ​strongly​ ​to​ ​his​ ​understanding of​ ​what​ ​ETS​ ​means​ ​to​ ​the​ ​future​ ​young​ ​stars​ ​of​ ​theatre.

“We​ ​are​ ​so​ ​grateful​ ​that​ ​he​ ​has​ ​agreed​ ​to​ ​take​ ​time​ ​out​ ​from​ ​his​ ​busy​ ​schedule to​ ​commit​ ​to​ ​our​ ​Emerging​ ​Talent​ ​School.​ ​It​ ​illustrates​ ​his​ ​belief​ ​in​ ​what​ ​ETS helps​ ​build​ ​and​ ​deliver​ ​to​ ​our​ ​younger​ ​talent.”

“Hamish​ ​knows​ ​what​ ​they​ ​need​ ​to​ ​take​ ​away​ ​from​ ​this​ ​very​ ​special​ and ​intensive programme​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​they​ ​develop​ ​as​ ​future​ ​stars​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​theatre.​ ​We are​ ​totally​ ​excited​ ​with​ ​the​ format​ ​he​ ​has​ ​designed​ ​for​ ​the​ ​week​ ​and​ ​also the​ ​extremely​ ​impressive​ ​list​ ​of​ ​professional​ ​performers​ ​and​ ​tutors​ ​he​ ​has enrolled​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​him​ ​deliver​ this school”.

“It​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​very​ ​special​ ​learning​ ​event!” 

The​ ​Centre​ ​City​ ​Music​ ​Theatre​ ​Emerging​ ​Talent​ ​School​ ​is​ ​scheduled​ ​for​ ​14​ ​– 22​ ​January​ ​2017​ ​with​ ​Workshops​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Bruce​ ​Mason​ ​Centre​ ​in​ ​Takapuna​ ​and a​ ​thrilling​ ​showcase​ ​at​ ​week’s​ ​end. 

Posted: Sunday 6 November 2016