About Us

From the President.

Welcome to the website of the South Canterbury Drama League.

 The South Canterbury Drama League is unique to New Zealand. No other organisation produces so much variety or number of shows in the one year.

 The Juniors stage a major annual performance in the Theatre Royal with the talents of young performers aged 11 - 18 years.

Musical Theatre produces an annual musical, also in the Theatre Royal. Recent musicals performed include The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia and All Shook Up.

Mill Theatre produces two theatre restaurants shows each year. 

At the Playhouse in Church Street Little Theatre and Repertory each stage two plays a year.

As you browse through this website you can find out more about each section. Please click the links to the right for more details.

This site also has information for the following:

  • how to book tickets for SCDL shows
  • what shows are current and coming up
  • audition details for future shows
  • costume hire information from our Costume House
  • venue hire details for The Playhouse in Church Street.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining the League. Become a member and share the love of the theatre with a group of like minded people.


Brief History of the South Canterbury Drama League.

history-small-churchstreetThe SCDL was founded (incorporated) in 1935. The salient object then, as now, is set out in the Constitution 3 (a) “To encourage and assist the development of theatre both for its own sake and as a means of intelligent recreation among all members of the community.”

The SCDL is registered with the Charities Commission. Its early premises were at the site of the present Playhouse in Church Street purchased in 1971.

This site has seen a number of refurbishments and developments and most times of the year it is a busy place as it is the venue for most rehearsals for each section sections, the site for set building and for the four performances Little Theatre and Repertory. From time to time it is hired for visiting performances.

Management Structure

Members have recently voted for a change in the management structure to better delineate Governance and Management. There is now a president and six Board members. Positions are voted for on a rotational basis. 

SCDL – Current Life Members

Keith Bartholomew, Karin Boote, Carol Angland, Ross Carrick, Anne Ellis, Mary Fitzgerald, Ross Grubb Robert Horsburgh, George Robertson, Alan Shaw, Claire Starsmeare, Jeanette Thin, Lindsey Thompson, Jean Thorpe, Jo Thorpe. 

The menu on the right displays a list of current sections and a brief description of their activities.