There is nothing quite like the feeling of discovering a handwritten letter in your mailbox.
Inherently personal, letters spark joy in ways Facebook messages can't.
Real letters also face more obstacles.
An illegible address or missing postage stamp can cause a letter to seemingly disappear. Where do lost letters go?
The Capital E National Theatre for Children's production explores an unlikely friendship through the magical efforts of the dedicated team of sleuths at The Lost Letter Office.
Premiering at Te Raukura ki Kāpiti performing arts centre, Raumati Beach, on Saturday, October 10 at 10am, the show follows the story of a young girl, Nixie, who has just moved into the neighbourhood, and a retired magician, NahNah, back from her world travels.
Each alone in their homes, with a longing to write and connect with someone – their letters go on an adventurous journey making their way to The Lost Letter Office.
Can the Lost Letter bumbling sleuths help the letters on their way? Or will their letters be enveloped in their snail-mail chaos forever?
Creative producer Marianne Taylor said this story is a captivating one.
"To think that a post office would have a special department dedicated to ensure letters get to the right addresses is delightful.
"Equally delightful are the numerous artists, magicians, and technicians that we have brought together to make this show happen.
"Since late 2017, we have held creative developments, tested concepts in schools and kindergartens, and each invested a passion to tell a story that connects the most unexpected of soul mates through the art of letter writing."
The Lost Letter Office is a love letter to the handwritten letter: to the scent of paper, the stroke of ink, and all those thoughts we pour out onto a page.
Using magic, movement, music, and clown performance, it shows us how these paper creations can deliver powerful gifts of love.
Capital E National Theatre for Children is New Zealand's leading theatre company for children, who create, produce, present, and tour high quality dynamic theatre and performing arts experiences for children aged 2-12 years that is relevant, transformative and fun.
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti is honoured to partner with Capital E to present the premiere of this production to families on the Kāpiti Coast and look forward to future presentations with the acclaimed theatre company.
"We are thrilled to partner with Capital E to bring this calibre of work to present to our community," said Sonia Hardie, from Te Raukura ki Kāpiti.
"Being a stone's throw away from Wellington city, we add an alternative option for production companies wanting to mount or present a production in the Wellington region, especially during a time of venue shortages in the capital."
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