About Shortland Street The Musical

Hailed as the hilarious ‘piss take’ musical of the year, SSTM is based on the long running, highly successful NZ television series: Shortland Street.
All the original characters are there: Dr. Ropata, Nurse Carrie, Rachel, Nick, Marj, Nick, Kirsty, Lionel and Chris Warner (and his numerous wives!) and many more.
Music and Lyrics by Guy Langford. Book by Guy Langford and Simon Bennett.  Previously staged in Auckland and Palmerston North to rave reviews, Kauri Theatre is very proud to bring this laugh out loud production to Wellington for the first time.
Here’s what reviewers have said:
“We’ve been craving a quintessential Kiwi musical that can be performed over and over again and to
appeal to an overseas audience. Shortland Street: The Musical is that production”. – STUFF
“Featuring great character dynamics, the musical offers heart warming narrative developments and
hilarious satirical moments”- HEART OF THE CITY
“The score is electric, funky and so damn catchy”. – BROADWAY WORLD REVIEW
“It’s both playful parody and affectionate tribute, mixing the sincere and the silly in equal measure to
make something truly magical – the audience never stops laughing”. – THE HERALD
“There are so many brilliant moments that it is not actually possible to list them all”. – BROADWAY
Director: Bonita Edwards
Michael McKenna: Doctor and CEO od Shortland Street (also may play Sir Bruce Warner and other
Doctor Chris Warner: The notorious serial flirt.
Doctor Hone Ropata: the Doctor returning from Guatamala
Nurse Carrie Burton – Director of nursing
Jaki Manu: nurse
Marj Neilson: senior receptionist
Kirsty Knight: junior receptionist
Lionel Skeggins: coffee shop owner – aka the muffin man
Rachel McKenna: Michael’s teenage daughter
Nick Harrison: teenager
Several male and female ensemble roles: orderlies, all blacks, Greg Feeney – bad boy, prison officer,
paramedics, patients, police officers and more…
Information/pre audition get together: Sunday 2 nd Feb. 11am. Southern Cross bar & café, Abel Street.
Auditions: Sat 8 th and Sun 9 th Feb – Anvil House, Wellington
The season will run at The Gryphon Theatre in Wellington, 15 th – 25 th July 2020.

A full audition and information pack will be available early 2020 on request.
It would be a sin to miss out seeing this fabulous musical.
For audition information and to book a time, please email:

About the Director:
Bonita brings to the team 40 years of theatrical experience and has been involved with
numerous theatre companies in the Wellington region.
Over the years, she has participated as a performer and has vast experience as a
choreographer, director , production management and has held executive roles including
holding the position of President for The Company of Musical Players Inc for four years.
Bonita was acknowledged for her contributions to the CMP with a Life Membership award.
This year, she pairs her role as Vice President with Show Director.
After holding production roles in the first two Kauri productions, she is extremely excited to now
direct Shortland Street: The Musical.
“This is a fabulous opportunity and I am looking forward to putting to stage another successful
production for Kauri Theatre. This show promises to be tremendous fun – for cast and


Shortland Street - The Musical

15 July to 25th July 2020

Based on the popular TV series by the same name, this extremely entertaining musical will have you laughing in the aisles! All your favourite characters are there singing and dancing their way through the show.

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