Newsletter Archives - December 2006

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Welcome to the last newsletter of 2006 (no cheering please) and all the information you have been waiting for on the February Players Ball.  Christmas celebrations are in full swing, including the highly successful Christmas Curry recently.  The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who came and partook of a takeaway to the sounds of cheesy Christmas music, followed by Sarah’s delectable mince pies.  Thanks go to Sarah for organising a multitude of things, Imogen for decorating, Anna for additional lighting, Robert for fairy-grotto creation, Penny for collecting all those orders and all of you who came for making it go with a bang! 

Talking of recent triumphs, we must not forget Relatively Speaking, whose small but perfectly-formed cast kept excellent audiences thoroughly entertained in November.  Will’s underwear has passed into Players legend, and Robert and Liz must be particularly congratulated for ploughing on whilst Bovingdon celebrated Guy Fawkes throughout scene 2!  Great job everyone.  The NODA rep was similarly impressed by the production, so congratulations also go to Imogen for her first directing outing – she has even agreed to do it again, so it must have gone well!  

Habeas Corpus, 22nd-24th March 2007

After a couple of minor changes to the planned Spring production (different play, three different dates…) Stewart Woodward is all set to mount Alan Bennett’s hilarious farce in March.  The auditions were so well-attended that Stewart was spoilt for choice, so the final cast should do an excellent job.  For those who haven’t already heard, the parts were distributed as follows:

Dr Arthur Wicksteed         - Iain King

Muriel Wicksteed              - Imogen Roberts

Mrs Swabb                      - Barbara Bonney

Canon Throbbing              - Ian Creese      

Constance Wicksteed        - Sally Bull

Dennis Wicksteed              - Martin West

Lady Delia Rumpers          - Nicky Woodward

Felicity Rumpers              - Laura Moore

Sir Percy Shorter             - Adam Briffett  

Denzil Shanks                  - Lionel Elton

Mr Purdue                       - Robert Peacock

We’re delighted to see the return of old friends as well as some new members.  More details of the production and any volunteers required will be in the next edition.

The 2007 dinner dance, Saturday 24th February

Tickets to the Players dance are now on sale at £35 each.  Almost half the tickets have already been sold simply by word of mouth so please get your order in early!

The evening in the lavishly decorated Memorial Hall will begin at 7:30pm for 8 with a three-course meal, which will be followed by dancing till midnight.   We promise no speeches!

Please note that, by popular demand, this will be a “black tie” event.

Drinks will be “bring your own” but we will also have a few bottles in reserve to buy in case you run out sooner than you thought!  (Unlike the curry you don’t need your own crockery this time!!)

You may book a table of 8 or simply as many tickets as you would like – if you want to sit with particular friends please let us know who they are so we can make up the seating plans accordingly.  Orders will be confirmed on receipt of your cheque, made payable to Bovingdon Players.  Cheques will not be cashed until the beginning of February (so you will have time to recover from the Christmas spending frenzy) but you must pay to reserve a ticket!  

Please send your orders to Penny Coombs at 15 Boswick Lane, Berkhamsted, HP4 3TH, letting her know how many you would like and your return address.  Please provide an E-mail address (or telephone number if you are not e-enabled) so we can confirm your cheque has survived the Royal Mail Experience and your tickets are secured.  Tickets, with full details including menu choices, will be despatched in the New Year.  

Chipperfield Theatre Group “The Pompeii Panto”, 25th-27th January 2007

Our friends down the road will be providing their traditional winter mayhem at the end of January, and you are encouraged to come along and be amazed…  A tale of corruption, lions, improbable love affairs and all the traditional panto fare, this time with togas on.  This year you can also take the opportunity to find out how your unwary Newsletter scribe copes with prancing around in her home-made stole (no-one told me there’d be singing and dancing at the same time!).  Tickets for the Saturday matinee are already sold out, apart from the odd one here and there, but all other performances should still be available at £7 (Thurs) or £8 (Fri/Sat).   Contact Jill Summerfield on 0870 7702496 or email

…that’s all for now!

Thank you for helping to make 2006 a great year for the Players, and we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year – see you then!