Aimee Smith is a Wellington based performer, writer, and reviewer. She holds a theatre degree from Victoria University of Wellington. As well as being an active practitioner in the local scene, Smith is a regular reviewer for local theatre blog Art Murmurs, and the video review series Was it Good?
We've all spent time wondering about the little 'what ifs' - how would our lives be changed, if we had made our decisions a little differently? The musical If/Then, by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, explores one woman's fascination with the road not taken. Boasting a small but mighty cast, the Wellington Footlights society bring this intimate tale to the New Zealand stage for the first time.
If/Then drops us smack-bang into the heart of New York City, where the freshly divorced Elizabeth (Cassandra Tse) has just moved for a new start. In Madison Park, Elizabeth runs into her new friend, Kate (Caitlin Penrose), and old college flame, Lucas (Michael Stebbings). Both of them give Elizabeth advice on how to start out her new life - Kate suggests plunging into new experiences under a fresh nickname, Liz, whilst Lucas suggests joining him in a rally like they did in the old days, under the nickname Beth. Here, the show splits, and we see the two different paths of Elizabeth's life play out.BWW Review: GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! Silly Spoof Delights Newtown October 5, 2018
Bud and Doug have achieved the dream of many a musical theatre fan - they have written their own show. They have poured blood, sweat, and tears into their story, and they are here in the Newtown Community Centre to pitch their work to their eager audience. And of course, a fair bit of sweat comes with the performing as well as the writing. Because Bud and Doug are the only performers in this two act musical extravaganza.