The Hawkins Youth Theatre Company was formed in February 2012 and is dedicated to nurturing the youth within our local community by providing them with a platform to develop their stagecraft, build their confidence, and expand their knowledge of theatre and performance in a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment.


The company is open to all 8 to 18 year olds, and consist of three groups which are dependent on what year they are in at school:-

Juniors (School year 4 - 6) (Juniors currently full please contact for waiting list) 

Intermediate (School year 7 & 8)

Seniors (School year 9 - 13)

Our weekly Wednesday classes have a duration of 60 minutes and are held at the Hawkins Theatre (some workshops may be held at an alternative Papakura venue when the theatre is in use.)

Fees are $120 per school term or $400 per year.


Please note our Youth Theatre has been extremely popular this year and our Juniors section is currently over capacity which means we are unable to take any new junior recruits until further notice.  You can register your interest by emailing education@hawkinstheatre.co.nz  



- Increased levels of confidence and self-esteem
- A more developed sense of personal and group identity
- A sense of belonging
- Increased self-discipline and commitment
- Improved abilities to articulate & express feelings and opinions
- A sense of happiness, fun and well-being
- Increased levels of activity
- A sense of personal and group achievement
- Increased ability to take risks and be spontaneous within a safe environment


2022 Term Timetable
Junior Class - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Intermediate Class - 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Senior Class - 6:00pm - 7:00pm 

Term One
8 Feb - 5 Apr 2023

Term Two

26 Apr - 28 Jun 2023

Term Three
19 Jul - 20 Sep 2023

Term Four
11 Oct - 13 Dec 2023



Click HERE to download our 2023 Youth Theatre Company Brochure.


Our past productions:

2012 - Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon

2013 - Abigail Docherty's One Thousand Paper Cranes. 

2014 - The Cohort Hotel, which was written by one of our very own company members! 

2015 - 'How the Kiwi bird Lost Its' Wings' which was based on the Maori myth. This was a collaborated with our senior citizens and our junior theatre group to create an original show. Later that year the intermediate & senior groups performed in David McPhail's 'Grimm Stories' which provided a kiwi spin on some classic fairy tales.

2016 - Our junior class brought 'Moa's Arch' to life while the Intermediates and Seniors performed our very first devised show call 'Memories That Time Forgot' directed by Ahi Karunaharan and Te-One Matthews.

2017 - The juniors performed Dr Seuss's 'The Lorax' while the intermediates and seniors performed 'Wide Awake' by New Zealander Mike Hudson which won 'Plays For The Young 2014' in the 8-12 year old category.

2018 - The first performance was a collaboration with the Papakura Museum. 'Homefront' was a performance response piece to the 2018 Papakura Museum exhibition HOME FRONT. Next came 'Goldilock's On Trial' - a follow on from the beloved children's book 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' where Goldilocks was on trial for breaking and entering. 

2019 - Our youth theatre brought 3 shows to the stage - 'We'll Be Better Later' by our seniors, 'Bugsy Malone' by our intermediates and 'Aladdin' by our juniors. 

2020/2021 - Sadly due to Covid19 our youth theatre students weren't able to put on any productions.

2022 - Back with a bang - what a great performance by the whole youth theatre company 'The Addams Family Young@Part'.  Checkout our facebook page for images and sign up if you'd love to be part of the next performance. 

2023 - Wow The Youth Theatre Company exceeded all expectations with a sell out season of The Wizard Of Oz - 7 shows at capacity and a brilliant time had by all the company.  

The question now on everyone's lips... What will the show be next year?