Newsletter Archives – June 2008

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It’s that time of year when all the “real” festivals have temporarily run dry, so I will have to settle for “Solstice Salutations”! 

It’s been a busy old time for many Players since the last newsletter, as will have been clear to all those who came along to see Alarms & Excursions at the end of May.  I think I’m safe in saying that the audience was entertained, without being accused of too much wifely bias, and to back me up you will find a hearteningly warm NODA review on our website.  Everyone worked incredibly hard to bring you all the action-packed playlets, and I suspect this production now holds the record for most sound-effects during one performance!  I am personally quite glad it’s all over so that I can now answer the phone or attend to my kitchen timer safe in the knowledge that the noise is not actually emanating from Robert’s laptop!

Several people took some great photos during the tech and dress rehearsals, which you can have a chuckle over in the Photo Gallery on the website.  Thanks go to John Bugg in particular who was well-placed to know exactly when good shots were coming up!  Incidentally, if anyone has good photos from past productions not already on the site (pre-Neville’s Island, for example), we’d be pleased to feature these too – preferably ready-scanned or digital, but we can also arrange scanning (small batches please!!) if necessary.

The only other Players activity since the last newsletter was the ill-fated Easter Walk, which has already become a minor legend due to being snowed off!  We still convened for lunch anyway, with only a modicum of guilt.  In fact the afternoon turned gorgeous after a wintry start, but by the time we’d all managed to get out of The Boot after lunch (incredibly slow service, though very nearly compensated for by the fabulous sticky toffee pudding…) it was too late to go a-rambling.  Plans to try again on a May bank holiday never quite got off the ground, which was probably as well as the 26th was drenched!  One day, though….!

AGM Wednesday 9th July, St Lawrence Hall, 8pm

Hopefully this date is already in your diary – note that it’s not in the Memorial Hall (or, thankfully, the snug Parish office!), but the Parish Rooms.  This is your chance to debate burning society topics, find out when next year’s productions are (our new arrangement with the Memorial Hall is that we get first dibs on dates, as long as we confirm them by 4th July the year before!) and complain about how no-one wants to be on the Committee (oh no, that’s me).  There will also be a chance to avoid that endless nagging by handing over your annual subs.  Refreshments will be provided!

Please do come along, and if you would like to raise anything at the meeting, we’re happy to accommodate member topics.  Please let us know in advance for the agenda, though.  Thanks.

I shall be standing down from the Committee at the AGM, so we desperately need a new membership secretary (it’s all neatly filed in a database – really easy, honest!) as well as other people.  We really do need more that the trio who served this year, because there are always times when someone can’t make a meeting, which means it has to be cancelled with such small numbers – so we are looking for at least 3 new people (and of course “new” can also mean those who have previously served!!).

Christmas Production, 11th-13th December

Many of you know that John & Brenda Bugg, of Sherlock, Follow that Sleigh infamy, have been producing another opus, and this Newsletter is accompanied by a note from them to whet your appetite.  The important points to note at this stage are:

Read-through: Wednesday 16th July, 7:45pm, at the Memorial Hall

Adult auditions: Wednesday 23rd July, also 7:45pm at the Hall

Children’s auditions: Wednesday 30th July, at the earlier time of 7:15pm at the Hall

I will issue reminders before all these dates.

Show dates: 11th – 13th December, including a matinée on Saturday 13th

If you are interested in getting involved, but can’t make the 23rd, please contact John & Brenda on or 833477.

2009 Productions (yes, really): your help needed with dates!

Under the aforementioned agreement with the Memorial Hall to secure consecutive nights in the hall, and the all-important weekend evenings, we need to set the 2009 performance dates by the end of June.  The theory is that December 2009 will be looking pretty empty in most diaries at the moment, so this shouldn’t cause too many difficulties.  However, there are always events which are planned ages in advance, so if you happen to know of anything which might affect large numbers of Players during 2009, please, please let me know immediately. 

The traditional timing of productions would tend to be late March (Easter next year returns to the sensible weekend of 10th-13th April) and early December, so we will be talking to prospective directors about constraints at these times).  We would also hope to produce a murder mystery or something similar around May/early June, so volunteers to take on directing that would also be welcome.

Summer Picnic, Sunday 31st August

Having failed miserably in recent years to sort out a barbecue, because venues are limited and need to be booked months in advance, we are returning to the successful picnic format.  Ashridge has been suggested as the possible location, and we may try to organise a walk in conjunction with the picnic to work up an appetite for our Scotch eggs and Mini-rolls.  Details will be sent out nearer the time, but please let me know now if you would like to come so we can decide the best format for the people coming.  Thanks.

Hope to see you at some point during July – there are several opportunities!