Greetings Players! If, like me, you have already said “On my goodness, where is the year going?” at least three times already since New Year, then this Newsletter probably won’t help! Not only are we rushing towards the Spring production, Habeas Corpus, but plans are already afoot for the Autumn. Read on for details!
Spring Production, Habeas Corpus
Tickets are now on sale for Habeas Corpus, running from Thursday 22nd March to Saturday 24th March, at 7:45pm each day. Tickets are £8, £6 concessions, for all performances. Please contact Jill Summerfield on 0870 7702496 for your tickets or E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to bag your tickets in person, Jill will also be at the Memorial Hall on Sunday 4th March between 3 and 4:30pm. Please bring cash or your chequebook.
Please note that this production is not suitable for children under 15.
Director Stewart Woodward has assembled an excellent cast for our Spring production, and we are pleased to see a couple of newcomers as well as welcoming back the odd “oldcomer” (no offence intended!), so please support them in March.
As always, we’d be grateful for some extra helping hands on front of house and bar etc. during the run. Please contact Penny by replying to this E-mail if you are able to assist on any of the three nights.
Please could you also consider putting some posters or flyers up in your area, especially if you don’t live in Bovingdon itself. These are now available – if you would like a few please let Stewart, producer Jeff Prestedge or any cast member know and we will arrange for a bundle to find its way to you.
Murder Suspects required!
A Murder Mystery is to be performed on Friday 18th May for St Paul’s school PTA, and we are planning to put it on in Bovingdon at the start of June as well. Iain King has gamely volunteered (with only the minimum of gentle persuasion required) to direct the next whodunnit. All we need now are some dodgy characters to pose as potential murderers.
The murder mystery is great fun (and a lot less daunting than a full-length play, if they don’t appeal), with plenty of opportunity for over-acting and for ad-libbing when you come to be quizzed by the sleuthing audience. If you are really lucky you may get to wear dayglo nylon (no, I’m fine now, really).
If you are interested, come along to the read-through/auditions on Wednesday 28th March at the Memorial Hall. Rehearsals will start on Wednesday 11th April and will probably involve a couple of Sundays too.
Details of other performance dates will follow for those who don’t want to murder! (Please note that the performance on the 18th is not being organised by us, so please don’t ask me for a ticket!)
Bovingdon Players Autumn production – King Lear, Audition dates 15th & 19th April
We are very pleased to announce that Lionel Elton, whom many of you know from productions past, will be directing King Lear this year. Lionel is already relishing the challenge of directing this epic, and I’m sure that the Players will rise to that challenge, even though it’s a few years since we took on any Shakespeare (about 15 in fact!). Lionel is looking to cast 7 men and 6 women.
Lionel is hoping to take the play to some other venues, perhaps including to schools. Performances will, however, be concentrated over a short period – you won’t have to commit yourselves to months of touring! The Bovingdon performances will be in the week commencing 19th November, with others as close to those dates as possible.
Rehearsals (and line-learning!) will start earlier than usual for the Autumn production because of the demands of the play, so Lionel is looking to cast it in late Spring. Two audition sessions have been arranged for Sunday 15th (pm) and Thursday 19th April, and details of the arrangements will be sent out nearer the time. To make absolutely sure you are informed, please let Lionel (lionelelton at talktalk.net - email adddress doctored to deter spambots - Ed!) or Penny know you would like to take part (but don’t worry, we will be contacting everyone who receives this newsletter again to remind you).
If you are interested in being involved in a non-acting capacity (producer, props, costumes etc) please also let Lionel know as soon as possible.
For sale: one Ball plan, slight seconds
As some of you already know, we were very disappointed to have to cancel the February Ball because of poor ticket sales. We will be canvassing you about what put you off, and whether you would be interested in a similar event in future. Thanks go to those who did so much preparation, and also to Leon Catering and the Just the Job Jazz Band for being so understanding. On the upside, if you want a hundred promotional mouse-mats with your own design on them, I now know just the place…….
Look forward to seeing you at one or more of the above events very soon.