Newsletter No. 28 – January 2017

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Your committee met on 4th January at the Trinity Hall. Present were (in no particular order): Paul Taylor, Jim Parkinson, Dale Rivers, Nick Percival, Neil Barham & John Parker.
Apologies were received from: Ruth Willerton, Jo Battye, Jane Lavarack.

Our panto is going very well although attendance at rehearsals has sometimes been an issue. Sales figures are good but uneven across the performances.
Publicity has been done as has the front of house rota. More raffle prizes are always welcome.
Jim reported that the financial position for the panto is looking healthy.

Neil informed the meeting that the set and changing room was now built. The space in the lounge will be used by women and children whilst the men would change in the church.

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME
Paul said that the application for Wakefield Festival has been submitted and we await acceptance.
As there will not be a play between “Sleeping Beauty” & “Lord Arthur…” Paul said there would be no need for any overlap and the proposed viewing of the LASC dvd would not take place until after the pantomime. Following that there would be opportunity for readings and auditions in February with rehearsals currently scheduled to commence in March.
The timetable below is subject to confirmation.

Wednesday 25th January After “Sleeping Beauty” a de-brief and tidy up day.
Wednesday 1st February “Open” Committee Meeting?
Wednesday 8th February View the “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” dvd.
Wednesday 15th February 1st reading of “LASC”.
Wednesday 22nd February 2nd reading of “LASC” – and casting.
Wednesday 1st March 1st Rehearsal for “LASC”.

LASC will be performed at The Lamproom 14 – 17 June 2017 and, subject to acceptance, at the Wakefield Drama Festival.

AUTUMN PLAY
The date for this is expected to be w/c Monday 9th October 2017.
Plays to be considered for this slot and the future are:

“It Runs In The Family” by Ray Cooney – lots of parts & age range.
Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap “ – may be difficult to secure rights.
“Gaslight” by Patrick Hamilton – atmospheric thriller (set in sepia).
“Comfort & Joy” by Mike Harding

THE VIGIL
It was decided at the previous meeting that this play was not to be pursued for 2017 but Paul has offered to direct this around Easter time in 2018 – this also being our Spring & Wakefield offering – The decision on this will be made at a later date..

Happy New Year to you all.