New Plymouth Operatic recently bestowed a Life Membership on John Ainsworth. John recently celebrated 40 years of involvement with New Plymouth Operatic.
John’s first involvement with New Plymouth Operatic was 40 years ago, as a cast member in Joseph and the Amazing technicolour Dreamcoat. This was the first of 24 onstage appearances for the Society. Over the past 40 years, John has been the pre-eminent ‘leading man’ for the Society. Every role he has taken – he has been outstanding, and memorable. From Daddy Warbucks in Annie in 1983, to Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music in 1985, through to Julian Marsh in 42nd Street in both 1997 and 2011, Andre in The Phantom of the Opera and (probably his personal favourite) Javert in Les Miserables in 2002. It is apt that we recognise John’s achievements in 2018, the year NPOS will present Les Miserables. John has significant involvement in all 3 New Plymouth Operatic productions of Les Miserables (1994, 2002 and 2018).
John is still as active, energetic and passionate today about New Plymouth Operatic as he was in 1977. Most recently he played The Bank Chairman and Admiral Boom in 2017’s Mary Poppins, and will be part of the company for Les Miserables later this year.
When not onstage though, John has remained active and involved in the Society.
John served on the Societies executive from 1996 until 1998. He, along with wife Lorraine, have also served on the New Plymouth local organising committee for both the 2002 and 2017 MTNZ Conferences hosted by New Plymouth Operatic. In 2007 John received a President’s award recognising his contributions to the Society, and in 2013 received recognition on a national level for his services to Musical Theatre in New Zealand, with the presentation of a Merit Award from Musical Theatre New Zealand.
John, thank you for your service and commitment to New Plymouth Operatic over the past 4 decades. We are the Society today because of the commitment and service of people such as yourselves.