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A New Hollywood Cabaret

Reimagining the Golden Age of the Silver Screen
8 — 18 December, Te Auaha

Created & Directed by Ben Emerson

Co-Directed & Choreographed by Greta Casey-Solly

Music Directed by Hayden Taylor

Tickets on sale now

A theatrical picture by Roc Photography of actor Jared Pallesen singing in the musical theatre concert underscore_ at Te Auaha by WITCH Music Theatre. He is mid song and is holding a microphone with an ensemble of dancers behind him.


WITCH Music Theatre is an alternative production house for music theatre work in Aotearoa, creating high production value music theatre experiences on a small scale


We have produced back to back sell-out seasons of original and established works and have collaborated with WCC, CubaDupa and Independent artists to make gig theatre, live music and events across the capital.


WITCH Music Theatre values powerhouse performances, imaginative productions and showcasing homegrown talent. We aim to produce entertaining works with engaging themes, all while having a WITCHing-ass time doing it.



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Sweeney Todd

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler

Music Directed by Mark W Dorrell

Directed by Ben Emerson

30 June — 4 July, Te Auaha

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The Purple People Eater Pop Concert

In Partnership with CubaDupa and Pride Festival

A Supernova of Drag, Pop, Dance and Music.
Wellington Airport Ngā Taniwha Stage

Featuring Bailea Twomey, Mia Alonso–Green, Jade Merematira, JTHAN, Kelly Fornia, Natasha McAllister, Braiden Butter & The Everchanging Boy


"WITCH Music Theatre consistently delivers.

We have such talent and vision at our fingertips in Wellington. A further testament to how top quality musical theatre can be produced on a smaller scale, with no less impact at Te Auaha's Tapere Nui Theatre than the Opera House"

— Georgia Jamieson Emms, Theatreview

A theatrical picture by Roc Photography of actor Caitlin Penrose in the musical Monster Songs at BATS Theatre by WITCH Music Theatre. She is performing the song The Ballad of Sara Berry and is holding a microphone.


Concerts, cabarets, live-music gigs or theatrical productions — we produce high quality music theatre experiences. Want to get in touch? Drop us a line.



Can I audition for upcoming projects?

Audition notices for open casting calls will be broadcasted on our Facebook, Instagram, and Website for upcoming projects. Not all projects will have an open casting call so we encourage you to get in touch with us early with your showreel and examples of previous works if you would like to indicate your interest in working with us. Due to our rehearsal commitments, and adult themes explored in our work, we encourage auditionees to be over the age of 18 or have the expressed permission of a legal guardian. If you have any questions regarding auditions, please email us at info@witchmusictheatre.co.nz

What venue do you perform in?

We often work with different venues to suit the scale of each project. Previous events have occurred at BATS Theatre, Hannah Playhouse and Te Auaha. Please check each event page to confirm where the production is being performed. See what’s on here.

How can I stay up to date?

Follow us on social media @witchmusictheatre on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok You can also sign up to our coven emails to be in the know about any upcoming announcements or opportunities.

How can I support?

Every bit counts. Donations, sponsorship and in kind support helps us produce new music theatre works in Wellington more frequently and provide our people with the resources we require to create the work. If you have the ability to do so, donations to WITCH Music Theatre go directly to support the productions we’re creating on stage. These can be one-off donations or you could become an official partner. Please email us at info@witchmusictheatre.co.nz to get in touch. Otherwise, follow us on social media and buy a ticket and come to one of our performances, we’d love to see you there.

What kind of work do you make?

We are interested in presenting high quality music theatre experiences we feel are engaging for Wellington audiences. Thematically we have a penchant for exploring contemporary, queer, political and supernatural themes. We are interested in augmenting the traditional music theatre experience through staging, social media and casting. WITCH Music Theatre is programmed by Ben Emerson and the WITCH Charitable Trust.


The work we produce needs a helping hand and we're proud to have been supported by the following organisations, theatres and charitable trusts

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