Tia has been involved with Upper Hutt Musical Theatre (UHMT) since 2012. She was brought into the cast of Love Generation at the hand of her friend, (then) manager and director, Jacqui Watson, after a previous cast member had to leave the cast. Jacqui was rather convincing and perhaps didn’t have anyone else who wouldn’t (or couldn’t) say no… considering it was already half-way through the rehearsal period! Although it was a gruelling 5 – 6 weeks learning an entire show, Tia had a lot of fun! And she had to stick around.
In 2014 Tia was also involved in Sultry! Saucy! Suggestive! as back up vocals and Production Assistant; in 2016 she was Production Manager for Oliver!, Production Manager, FOH Manager and BV’s for I Love You Because; in 2017 she was Production Manager and FOH Manager for All Shook Up; in 2018, she started the year as Production Manager for Blood Brothers. This was immediately followed up by Into The Woods where Tia made her directorial debut. This was a massive undertaking but having found an amazing cast, things went really well!
In 2019 Tia was FOH Manager for 55 Musicals: Abridged; she was Production Manager and Stage Manager for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
Throughout her time with UHMT Tia has found herself involved in shows in some way or another. Whether on stage, back up vocalist, front of house, backstage, or Production Manager.
She became a member on the UHMT committee in 2016.
Tia has made some amazing friends at UHMT and we really are a family. Although there is a lot to get through in such short periods of time, we always find time to have some fun.
Outside of the theatre she is an extremely organised Administration Officer / Principal’s PA at Taita College. She loves to sing although this is generally for herself as she likes to say she is “definitely not one for the spotlight.”