August newsletter

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Rehearsals for ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ will commence in earnest in late August on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm. First meeting is 4 August to collect scripts – £10 each please. The plan for the session is to explore the relationships/attitudes of each of the characters.

Having spent a couple of very dull hours doing the edits on my copy of the script, I decided to bite the bullet and take Gloria’s approach of providing a scan of the edited version for you to mark up in your scripts at your leisure. I’ve created a shared storage area which you should be able to access. You’ll see a number of pdf files in there which contain a scan of the edited version of the script. Here’s the link https://1drv.ms/u/s!AryBoaCuSqEQ4Du_-KR-qhfgq91s?e=H4gxup

We’re going to have a gentle start to rehearsals during August. Commencing Thursday 4th August, then we’ll use our Tuesday evening club nights 9th and 16th Augustto start working on the play. This will enable us to get the foundations in place before Jen heads off on holiday during the 1st 2 weeks of September.

We’ll start rehearsing on Tuesdays AND Thursdays from the end of August. Andrew Stafford has kindly agreed to caretake rehearsals during Jen’s absence from 1st-13th September.

Jen will aim to make the full rehearsal schedule available before the end of July. Gloria is working on some cuts to the play, which will also be with you before the end of July.”

The rehearsal schedule will be published once we have cast the final part and gathered everyone’s unavailable dates.

In the meantime, we’re going to take a break over July, and will look forward to our next gathering at Brian’s BBQ immediate after the canoe trip.

Cast and Crew

Cast

  • Dorothy – Jennifer
  • Nigel – Brian
  • Mary – Becca
  • Dennis – Ajeet
  • Jefferson – Andy
  • Lauren – Hilary
  • Jessica – Laura

Front of House

  • Gloria – head of FOH
  • Karen Moyse – available for both performances & dress rehearsal
  • Wendy – available to help out on the day
  • Michelle? – to confirm what she wants to help out with
  • Matinee
  • Evening
  • Help on the day (set up etc)
  • Gloria
  • Wendy
  • Karen

Backstage team

  • Caroline Law – Stage Manager
  • Alison – Sound
  • Jossy – costumes + props
  • Michelle – tbc
  • Yvonne – assistant stage manager?
  • Raymond – Lights

Thursday 4 August Collect scripts and review parts

Tuesday 9 August first rehearsal

Tuesday 16 August rehearsal

Sat 27 August – weather permitting. Canoe and picnic day, paddling 2-3 person Canadian canoes from Henley to Marlow with a picnic break at Medmenham. This is a really lovely day of messing about in boats (canoes) on the river. We meet up at around 10am in Henley. Everyone pack a picnic, and we will find some kind volunteer to reunite the paddlers with their picnics when we get to our picnicking spot by the river in Medmenham. There will be a fee for the Henley Canoe Hire rental, but we can be grateful to Brian for getting us mates’ rates from his son, who runs the canoe rental business. Followed by BBQ at Brian’s house.

Barbecue at Brian & Margaret Couling’s house. Meat and vegetarian/vegan options will be provided. Please bring a bottle and either a salad or a dessert to share. Please email Margaret to let her know if you will be attending and what you will be bringing, and include any dietary restrictions. Email: margaret.couling@gmail.com. Bring your swimming things if you would like to try out the swim spa and hot tub!

You can come to both or either event. Organiser: Brian

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