December newsletter

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Dear Players
We had a great production, so congratulations to Gloria and all involved (10 actors, 4 back stage, 3 front of house, 3 set builders). We have some pictures of the last show posted on the web site  pictures from our dress rehearsal. If anyone did not have a programme and would like one, please see Brian. In the end we made a profit which was very good, bearing in mind the venue hire has now increased somewhat since the last show due to the expiry of the discount period. Also we have raised £300 for the Cancer UK charity from proceeds of the bar donations. That is really good news as well, and we have raised over £1,000 overall for the charity.Many thanks to Jossy and Max for hosting our after show party – very snug with a real fire!

 

Spring production
Andrew is going to produce the next show and Gloria can take a well earned rest! We have a couple of ideas and will be reading in December. The production will be 26th – 28th March 2020.

Crown Matrimonial

Author: Royce Ryton

The fascinating story of Edward VIII’s abdication. Set in Marlborough House between 1936 and 1945, this powerful play focuses on the private family drama of Edward VIII and the Royal Family leading up to the abdication. An engrossing and moving study of both a major constitutional crisis and an overwhelming issue of private and public conflict.

This is very topical as Netflix has recently released season three of The Crown. The play covers the period of season one – a key moment in history when the King abdicates. The play needs four men, six women and a grand entrance door on the set with hired costumes.

Blithe Spirit

Author: Noël Coward

The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Needs a cast of six: 2 male, 4 female. Requires a major back stage effort to animate ‘sprit’ actions at the end of play. The play was previously performed by the Players in 1998.

Hughenden Panto 11-14 December
We would like to support the Valley Players with their pantomime. Please let Jossy know which days you could attend and we will try and make a Players group up. Friday night seems to be the better night so far.

Christmas party 10th January 
We will be having our traditional party in the new year after the regular festivities have died down. This year it will be on Friday 10th January at 7.30pm at Liston Hall, Garden Room.  If you would like to bring some food to share, then please contact Hilary to co-ordinate offerings. You can have ingredients refunded if you wish – but we need your culinary skills! Andy has said he will provide some live entertainment, and if you would like to do a turn, let us know. As usual the event is free to members. Please bring a bottle, and guests can come at £5 per head.Events (8pm at the Studio unless otherwise stated)
3rd December – play reading
5th December – Marlow late night shopping (no meeting)
10th December – play reading
12th December – no meeting
17th December – reading/casting
19th December – carols on the Causeway 6.30pm, followed by drinks at the Two Brewers
7th January – first rehearsal
10th January – Players New Year party at Liston Hall 7.30pm
26th- 28th March – Spring productionPlease continue to support the society! Thank you.
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