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Kia Ora and Welcome to Drama Magic
Drama Magic Ltd is an Auckland, New Zealand based company which specialises in the design and build of stage props, set items and scenery.
We are sad to announce the passing in Auckland, of our former Drama Magic builder, Frank Checketts, on Friday 12 June 2020. Frank was a true craftsman and artist who enjoyed meeting the needs of New Zealand drama teachers and their students through the design and provision of robust but stylish stage set pieces. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and especially Drama Magic’s Managing Director, Susan Battye.
We are able to offer a no obligation free quote for the build and supply of the following stage set items.
1) Cubes (Two sizes)
2) Platforms (Six sizes)
3) Free-standing Door (with steel legs)
4) Free-standing Window (with a range of frame options)
5) Single Flats (able to be bolted together)
6) Bi-fold Flats
7) Double-sided Flats on Wheels
8) Water Bottles (for Flat stability)
9) Bleachers ( Stage set only)
10) Other items on request
- Our builder Greg Reynolds, has extensive experience building high quality wood based products.
- Our set painter, Ellen Kerssens, is a highly experienced media artist.
- Personal consultation at no cost during the quote phase offered.
- We can design and build additional items on request to suit your needs including school production stage sets.
- All items are OSH compliant.
- Stage set and props items are built with quality, durable ply woods, and are painted stage matt black or white, to your specifications.
- Our robust but lightweight set items are deliberately designed to fit together in terms of their relative heights for ease of movement by students.
Drama Magic Ltd is located in Auckland, and we can quote for and arrange delivery throughout New Zealand.
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17 April 2020
We ordered from Drama Magic and were very happy with the outcome. We are in Southland and were very excited to receive our order all the way from Auckland! My students are excited to have new equipment in the classroom they can utilise on a daily basis. Thanks Drama Magic!”
Sarah Faithfull, Central Southland College
20 June 2019
Kirsten Bell from Auckland’s Cockle Bay School says, “We asked Drama Magic to provide us with 11 flats, some purposely sized to create a cyclorama wall behind the stage and for use as wings for our new hall We used four of the flats as backdrops that we can dress for any production. They look great! Frank the builder gave us great service!”
19 June 2019
Nyree Olliver from Hamilton’s Puketaha School recently purchased several full width and half width flats together with some Drama Magic reversible flats on wheels for use in the school hall. The Deputy Principal of the primary school commented, “They have been great so far, very tidy, sturdy and the ones with wheels are useful as they can be moved easily. ”
01 April 2019
Head of Drama at Whangarei Boys’ High School, Ellen Gardner is now the proud owner of nine Drama Magic 50 x 50 x 50 cm cube boxes. Today she wrote, “The boxes arrived at 10:20 today in great condition, they were all packaged and wrapped together on a pallet. I am satisfied with the quality of the product, they are exactly what I was expecting. I think your service and communication has been fantastic. I really like the text updates.
We already have quite a few of these style boxes, of which we use for every class every day, I find plain black boxes are an essential part of delivering a drama course. Our boys love to make extravagant and interesting set with these boxes.
Thank you for your service.”
On behalf of our builder Frank Checketts and myself I’d like to say, thanks for choosing us, Ellen, its been a pleasure!
13 August 2018
The Principal at Otari School, Wilton, Wellington, Clifford Wicks recently purchased eight purpose built platforms and two sets of steps from Drama Magic.
Clifford wrote, ” I am very pleased with the staging, the sturdiness and size is exactly what we wanted. It looks great. The steps work very well with the stage and with our hall size. Thank you for your very good service. I appreciated the ongoing communication.”
As a result Drama Magic has added ‘Steps’ to its list of products. Thanks Clifford, we hope your students and staff enjoy using the platforms and steps.
24 July 2018
Head of Drama at Auckland’s Papakura High School, Anita Imlach commented on her purchase of our double-sided flats on wheels:
“Great size and quality, fantastic paint job. Service was excellent from the ordering process through to delivery.”
9 February 2018
Head of the Performing Arts Faculty at Auckland’s Long Bay College, Brendan Perkins writes about Drama Magic :
“The service was magnificent – Frank took great pains to adjust things for us and get everything right – he came up to see the space first before discussing our order and making whatever changes we agreed on. The Boxes and Doors seem well made and sturdy…they will have to be!”
21 January 2017
Drama Magic recently supplied a brand new school, Rolleston College in Christchurch with a number of stage set items, Merrin Diack from the school’s Performing Arts Department wrote:
“Just wanted to say thank you so much for your time, effort and amazing communication to deliver incredible staging to us! They are exactly what I wanted, and can tell that they will be durable enough to stand the test of time (and Year 10s).”
Our pleasure, Merrin. And congratulations on your launch. Glad you could show our products off at Rolleston College’s information evening!
17 February 2016
Verity Davidson, Head of Performing Arts at Auckland’s Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, commented, “The boxes are great.”
26 January 2016
Angela Walker from Southwell School, Hamilton commented, “The kids are really enjoying their black cubes!”
07 October 2015
Peter Casey, Artistic Director of the National Boys Choir of Australia wrote:
The boxes and masts we had made to our specifications for our staged opera were absolutely fantastic. The quality was excellent and the service provided by the builder was first class. Not only did Frank do a super job on the boxes and masts, but he delivered them to our hotel and brought biscuits for the boys as well! He then came along to our concert to see the boxes in action. His enthusiasm and warmth for a group he had never met was amazing – such a wonderful gentleman. [Susan Battye added : The boxes were designed to fit inside one another and were flown back to Melbourne. Our first ‘export’.]
The National Boys Choir Australia
8 May 2015
Laura Officer, Head of Drama at Christchurch Girls High School commented on her recently delivered Door A and Cube Boxes, “They are great!” [Susan Battye added, “Yay! our first South Island order safely delivered.]
2 April 2015
We have used the white flats and had a very successful show. The flats are very sturdy and well constructed. The matt white went perfectly with our white auditorium walls and overall they looked very professional. The Principal and Dean of the Primary school were both impressed.
They are really great products!
Design and Technology Teacher,
17 March 2015
Doors have just arrived, they are beautiful, I’m so excited. Thanks so much
Sancta Maria College
12 June 2014
The doors are solid, and stable on the floor as if they were in a wall. The door swings firmly and closes with a lovely thump. It is held by a magnet so no annoying latch. The on-stage side is clear of bracing and allows flats to be butted up to the sides of the door. Maybe a piece above the door to meet the taller flats would be needed but that will depend on the height of the flats. The doors are superb – strong, solid, durable, dull black and unobtrusive. The real treat is their remarkable simplicity and unobtrusiveness. It took barely a week from order to delivery. Frank came out to check our needs and brought them over. These doors will be a long lasting visitor to our productions. I’d love more and will be budgeting accordingly.
I am supremely satisfied with your company’s service and the quality of the product.
Takapuna Grammar School
11 March 2014
In case you were interested in having pieces of set, boxes and other stage pieces built for you, I can recommend Drama Magic. They just built and painted us a stage door, with a fabulous design, constructed to be light enough to move but robust enough to withstand the antics of teenage boys!
Frank the Builder was awesome, great communication and built a fantastic final product. We are really pleased.
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