Auckland Music Theatre Inc, formerly known as The Auckland Operatic Society was formed in 1919. Over the past 86 years it has presented top quality musicals to the city of Auckland, at His Majesty’s Theatre, Centennial Theatre, The Concert Chamber, the St James Theatre and now the Westpoint Performing Arts Centre.
Our original home was in Grafton Rd and when this was sold for motorway construction, the money received was vested in the Auckland Musical Arts Trust, which was set up by the society in 1966 to protect its assets. We moved home in 1970 to the old Synagogue building on the corner of Princes St and Bowen Avenue, where we constructed our Bowen Studio Theatre. The trust sold the lease back to the Auckland City Council in 1987 and after being “homeless” for approximately 5 years, we moved to our present site between Motions and Meola Rd’s in Western Springs.
The Westpoint Performing Arts Centre was built in 1992-93 and as money becomes available, the trust continues to make improvements to the complex.
We changed our name to the Auckland Music Theatre Inc in 1995 and at present, membership of the society is $25 single and $40 double per annum. Members currently receive newsletters, invitations to social functions, audition notices and preferential bookings for shows. 2004 also saw the launch of the Auckland Music Theatre Inc official website. This keeps members and interested parties up to date with news, show information, bookings and contact information for Theatre personnel. 2008 sees us produce 'Beautiful Thing', 'Putting It Together' and finally 'Boy From Oz'.
We are always looking for personnel to help with set construction/painting, wardrobe, properties, lighting, backstage assistance, front of house guest service, as well as Directors, Musical Directors, Choreographers and Pianists. Actor’s, Singers and Dancers are required to audition for each production.