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Call for cast members . . . Musical Theatre Oamaru committee member Melissa Yockney, who has co-written and will co-direct Love After Lockdown, is encouraging people to come along to an information evening on Tuesday. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN

Dating can be hard enough at the best of times.

Add a global pandemic to the mix and it becomes an entirely different game.

But the concept provided good comedic fodder for Melissa Yockney and Krissy McGeown, who have written Musical Theatre Oamaru’s new theatre restaurant production Love After Lockdown.

MTO is putting a call out for cast members for the show, to be staged at the Scottish Hall in late May, and is hosting an information evening at 7pm on Tuesday for anyone interested in being involved.

Love After Lockdown introduces a couple on the eve of 2020’s first lockdown. Things do not go so well for them and, after a break up, they start to navigate the entertaining world of online dating.

Miss Yockney, who will also co-direct the show, said a cast of about 20 people, including at least seven men, was required. Rehearsals would start in March.

“There’ll be some solo numbers, some group numbers, all the fun stuff people come to expect – and lots of laughs,” she said.

“We’re hoping to get lots of interest from people, old and new faces, and see how we go.”

MTO had planned to stage a theatre restaurant in May last year, but it was put on hold due to Covid.

“It’s high time that we all got back on stage and had some fun,” Miss Yockney said.

Love After Lockdown is one of two shows being staged by MTO this year. It is also hosting an information night on February 22 at 7pm for the Broadway Junior version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, to be directed by Pat Gunn.

The one-hour show was based on the much-loved classic 1964 movie and included a handful of cameo adult roles, offering a young Oamaru cast the opportunity to work alongside experienced adult actors, Miss Yockney said.

The Love After Lockdown information evening is being held at MTO’s shed at 59 Humber St. The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang information evening is being held at the Salvation Army Lounge at 255 Thames St.