Monica Moore

Monica Moore Monica has been involved in all facets of theatre and theatre education for 32 years.

She has worked as a professional director and this includes directing two shows at opposite ends of the country over the same time period.
"This is when I realised how small New Zealand is and how good we are at theatre as a nation."

She has seen and continues to see many theatre performances around the world including West End, Broadway to regional performances of which many have been just as slick!
?“I've seen the good, the bad, the ugly and the stunning!” – Monica Moore

Monica has also been writing and selling stage musicals and interactive theatre shows for 25 years to schools and amateur theatre groups all over the world. The extended family audience has extended into USA, Australia and the United Kingdom.
She has worked in all facets of theatre and has a special interest in the impact of theatre on the individual and society in general.

As an educator Monica used theatrical technique and form as an important learning tool and maintains that it is an excellent if not the best way to support authentic learning across the curriculum.

Monica’s work can be viewed on her website www.monicamooreproductions.com, her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/monicamooreproductions, join her on instagram @monicamooreproductions or subscribe to Monica Moore Productions on You Tube





MOST POPULAR ARTICLES


Review: PRIMA FACIE at Pumphouse
Review: PRIMA FACIE at Pumphouse
June 20, 2024

Michael Hurst’s direction ensures that the play’s heavy themes are expertly managed, bringing a sharp focus to Tessa's internal and external battles. The staging is both minimalist and effective, allowing the strength of the script and the power of Woodhouse’s performance to shine through. 

Review: THERAPY at Little Andromeda Theatre, Christchurch
Review: THERAPY at Little Andromeda Theatre, Christchurch
June 4, 2024

Therapy is  musical comedy written and performed by Chelsea McRae, with supporting music composed and performed by Mario Sadra- de Jong, won the NZ Touring Award at the Dunedin Fringe Festival and was also nominated for the Comedy Award.  Before entering the theatre, a sign warns that the show discusses mental illness, suicide, sexual assault, and grief.

Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Harlequin Musical Theatre
Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Harlequin Musical Theatre
April 26, 2024

A great show for the school holidays- with great values, humour, colour and with the added bonus of a real Toto  dog on stage- what more could you want?

Review: SEUSSICAL at Manukau Performing Arts
Review: SEUSSICAL at Manukau Performing Arts
April 16, 2024

What did our critic think of SEUSSICAL at Manukau Performing Arts?

Review: TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS at Hutt Repertory Theatre
Review: TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS at Hutt Repertory Theatre
December 10, 2023

What did our critic think of TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS at Hutt Repertory Theatre?

Review: THE CLAY CART at TAPAC
Review: THE CLAY CART at TAPAC
December 6, 2023

A 5th-century Sanskrit playwright who, like Shakespeare and the classical playwrights, wrote about the human condition. The Clay Cart (Mricchakatika) weaves a tale of love, loss, deception, and redemption. The tale is set in the ancient city of Ujjayina, India and focuses on a formerly wealthy Brahman, Chārudatta, who has generously given his funds away in acts of exaggerated charity. He has fallen in love with a courtesan, Vasantasenā, and the trials and tribulations of their romance, mostly caused by the King’s brother-in-law Sansthānaka, provide both drama and comedy.

Review: HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Q Theatre
Review: HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Q Theatre
November 28, 2023

What did our critic think of HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Q Theatre? Where would you find the cure for heartbreak? In a sad song, a mother’s wisdom, a friend’s advice, biological understanding, or the advice of a stranger in a pub.

Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Court Theatre
Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Court Theatre
November 27, 2023

What did our critic think of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Court Theatre? The Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical, while caught in a bitter battle with Shakespeare (or should we call him Snakespeare?), with hilarious results.

Review: BRIGHT STAR at Te Auaha
Review: BRIGHT STAR at Te Auaha
November 19, 2023

What did our critic think of BRIGHT STAR at Te Auaha?

Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL at Harlequin Theatre
Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL at Harlequin Theatre
November 17, 2023

Director Robin Lane and his team clearly took great care in casting the roles. Tony Smith as Shrek and Bridie Allen as Fiona, the lead roles,  both sang powerfully and took the audience on their flight of fancy. They had good chemistry as the unconventional and heartwarming love birds (or ogres). The supporting players Reuben Su’a as Donkey and Jack Hanrahan as Lord Farquaad were hilarious. Reuben and Jack provided comic relief in the best possible way. Lord Farquaad particularly leaned into the humour of his innovative presentation and Donkey’s wisecracks gave a contrast to the main love story which pulled heartstrings. 

Review: TREASURE ISLAND THE PANTOMIME At Circa Theatre
Review: TREASURE ISLAND THE PANTOMIME At Circa Theatre
November 17, 2023

What did our critic think of TREASURE ISLAND THE PANTOMIME at Circa Theatre. Suffice to say, that this show is an absolute treat. Lots to love and exactly what you need when you are heading towards the festive season and you need something to take your mind off the troubles of the day. Highly recommended by this reviewer and all the friends that came with me. We will be booking again next year.

Review: MIKE AND VIRGINIA at Pumphouse
Review: MIKE AND VIRGINIA at Pumphouse
September 1, 2023

Realism, comedy and romance are all intertwined in the work of Kathryn Burnett who has collaborated with Award-winning screenwriter Nick Ward (Stickmen, Second Hand Wedding, Love Birds, Fresh Eggs, Outrageous Fortune) to create a romantic comedy about a romantic comedy. The script has layer after layer of a cleverly tangled web with unexpected twists that include belly-aching laughter.

Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Harlequin
Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Harlequin
August 14, 2023

Often we describe shows that you must see twice and this one literally screams that. Director Daniel Chasemore has ensured maximum talent and maximum opportunity, by double casting each of the lead roles which ensures no show is the same (as there are multiple actor combinations) and opportunities for many talented actors to share iconic roles and put their own spin on the characters.

Review: DIRTY WORK at Q THEATRE
Review: DIRTY WORK at Q THEATRE
June 18, 2023

What did our critic think of DIRTY WORK at Q THEATRE?

Review: WITI'S WĀHINE at ASB Waterfront
Review: WITI'S WĀHINE at ASB Waterfront
May 6, 2023

I loved it. The protecting, nurturing; the strength, fortitude, and tireless commitment to their iwi, the painful endurance yet the humour; the unique and heartful humour of Maori. It is extraordinarily exquisite storytelling delivered via phenomenal, theatre.

Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at Harlequin Theatre
Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at Harlequin Theatre
April 24, 2023

What did our critic think of SCHOOL OF ROCK at Harlequin Theatre?

Review: THE GOLDEN ASS at Q Theatre and Artworks Theatre, Waiheke
Review: THE GOLDEN ASS at Q Theatre and Artworks Theatre, Waiheke
April 12, 2023

What did our critic think of THE GOLDEN ASS at Q Theatre And Artworks Theatre, Waiheke?

Review: WICKED at Sky City Theatre
Review: WICKED at Sky City Theatre
April 12, 2023

I am officially a big fan of Wicked and North Shore Musical Theatre’s production of it. I would encourage young and old to put on their green tights and witch’s hats and get along to the vibrant, enchanting musical for a great night out to see the local talent of a very high quality. Unfortunately, this show is SOLD OUT and that is a testament to its quality.

Review: THE WORM at Bruce Mason Theatre and Herald Theatre
Review: THE WORM at Bruce Mason Theatre and Herald Theatre
April 12, 2023

What did our critic think of THE WORM at Bruce MasonAlbert Latailakepa as the Worm forms a strong ensemble with Semu Filipo (the Old Worm) and Anapela Polatai'vao (the Blind Rat). These characters are well supported by Andrew Grainger and Yvette Parsons who play multiple roles. There is more than enough entertainment for children and adults throughout the journey with its imaginatively humorous encounters between the worms and underground critters.?

Review: THE UNRULY TOURISTS at Bruce Mason
Review: THE UNRULY TOURISTS at Bruce Mason
April 2, 2023

There is no question that this was an outstanding production and while the New Zealand Opera Scene seemed to get up and arms about stepping so far out of the normal look and feel of Opera, it brought people like Taylor to the Opera for the first time and who is now very keen to venture into something more traditional as her curiosity is now in play.



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