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Sue Hedger

StAPs NEWLETTER, October, 2017

    It is YOU, the members, who make STAPS. With this in mind, the Club newsletter has been thought worthy of revival - a way to make and keep in contact with all members, and spread the news of our community amongst Cornwall's amateur dramatics.
     Firstly, a big welcome to new members Mark and Christine Breach, Michael Carpenter, Tracey Clark, and Luke Nyul. And a big welcome to returning members Dorothy Nelson and Cathy Trodd - it's good to have you back!

So far this year

    The 2017 calendar began with the one and only Freddie Rowe at the helm, directing an enchanting production of The Little Mermaid back in March. In May the season continued with Austen's comedy Emma, directed by Tony Pickup and most ably assisted by Sarah Chamberlain. The summer play was headed up by Janet Wills in her directorial debut with The Players, producing Ayckbourn's series of one-act plays, Confusions, in August, enjoyed by both audience and actors alike.

Coming up

    After a ten year break from The Players, Dorothy Nelson is back in the director's chair and rehearsals are in full swing for The Importance Of Being Earnest, which lands on the Arts Theatre stage in November. Jack, Algernon and Lady Bracknell's infamous handbag can be seen in Oscar Wilde's farcical comedy from the 15th -18th November. Adults £10, Concessions £8. Book your tickets at CRBO now!

CDA Awards…

    For those who have yet to hear, The Players have been nominated in six categories at this year's awards. Proving that STAPS is still up there with the best when it comes to period productions, Emma alone received five. Along with Best Play and Best Costumes, there's Best Director for Tony Pickup, Best Actor for Kim Rowe as Mr Knightley and Best Supporting Role for Alice Waterfield as Mrs Elton. Gosforth's Fete received a nomination for Best One-act Play, and Outspoken Speaking is in the running for Outstanding Musical Performance. A huge congratulations for everyone involved! Finally, a special mention must be made for Francesca Trebilcock and her outstanding performance as Harriet Smith in 'Emma', for which Fran has been nominated for the young performer's Roy Crossley award.
   The CDA Theatre Festival Awards are to be presented on Saturday 28th October in Newquay. With a director's workshop during the day, followed by a Dinner and Dance in the evening, the festival promises to be quite the occasion! As The Players have so many nominations it would be wonderful if plenty of us were to represent The Players. Places for both the workshop and dinner are filling up fast so get booking quickly! Full details of the day and booking for information can be found here.

In other news

    Showing some incredible dedication to the cause, our own costume extraordinaire Kelly Harrison queued for four hours at the recent RSC jumble sale in Stratford in the hope of procuring some new bits for the costume cupboard. A massive thank you to Kelly! We're looking forward to seeing her work on the stage in The Importance of Being Earnest next month.
    Congratulations go to Bex Rogers for her completion of the Eden Half Marathon! No mean feat, we should all be very proud of our 'Emma'. Bex was running in support of the Samaritans and is still accepting donations from her page under Rebecca Waterfield. If you can spare a few pounds, never was there a worthier cause.

And finally

   There is talk of reviving the club social, introducing a monthly quiz night or something of the like. It would be a great opportunity to bash some ideas around, as well as get together and have a giggle. If you're interested let Tony Pickup or myself know. If you haven't already, join the St Austell Players Facebook page for updates, or alternatively, watch this space!

    If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter next time, or something you'd like to advertise or contribute, please contact me (the Newsletter Editor!). I'd love to hear from you!

    Rose Lancaster   Oct '17


Sue Hedger 1951 – 2017

Sue Hedger

    Sue’s passing, on July 2nd, while not unexpected, remains very sad. Many of us will remember her as the most efficient back-stage person we have ever known. She had the magic touch that made any set she dressed look absolutely right for the characters that were to inhabit it. A talented actor too, Sue could play the whole gamut from comedy (as Helga in ‘Allo, ‘Allo, for example) to drama (as Madge, the stage manager, in The Dresser, for another).
    Latterly, Sue had lent her energy and efficiency to the Arts Centre’s administration, being Secretary to the management committee as well as Theatre Bar manager.
     Sue is greatly and sadly missed.

New Directors
     The Players' Committee is keen to hear from anyone who would like to direct his or her own production. If you are interested and have experience of directing, we would be delighted to hear from you. If you have thought about directing but have no experience, perhaps you might prefer to to try it out at first by directing a one-act play. It could be a play of your own choosing or we could suggest some to you.
      If you might like to direct or to help in any other way, please contact the Membership Secretary, Tony Pickup, on 01726 813690 or email him.

"Extras" Wanted
     This site occasionally receives requests for ''extras'' to play in films or TV programmes being made locally. If you are interested and available for ''extra'' work in this area and would like to email your contact details to this site (click here), we can keep them on file. Then, as and when such opportunities occur, we can put you in touch with the casting companies. Just be aware that these opportunities tend to occur sporadically and even then are often for individuals with specific characteristics: certain height, hair colour, age, and so on. Such details will be between you and the casting company; we will simply forward all "extra" requests to you.