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StAPs NEWLETTER, February, 2018

    Welcome to 2018 and a brand new season for St Austell Players!

     The Players' 2017 season finished with a flourish back in November, when the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest took to the Arts Centre stage to delight us with Oscar Wilde's witty classic. The audience was rewarded with some terrific performances from the actors, a sublime set, beautiful costumes and some lovely touches, courtesy of props, hair and make-up.
     The adjudication could hardly have been higher in its praise - the ‘splendid’ production ‘did not disappoint’ and director, Dorothy Nelson, cast and crew, are to be congratulated for the ‘charming and well thought out’, ‘excellent reworking of the original.’ A couple of mentions must be made: firstly, a well done and thank you to Kelly Harrison for her tireless efforts in the costume department - Kelly being the reason the actors were so ‘beautifully dressed’. Another thank you goes to Tilly Antonio for all her hard work on hair and make-up, especially for creating Jack’s (Luke Nyul) ‘knife like parting’. It’s no mean feat making up nine actors before curtain up, but Tilly did a marvellous job. It was her first production with the Players and we certainly hope she’ll be back for more!
     I was lucky enough to be dragged in as an extra pair of hands just before show week and was there for the visit by Ian Wainwright from the RSC. The emphases were on working together, anticipating the other actors and enjoying the process. It was great to see that the cast and crew had already cracked the ethos - it was obvious from the off that the team worked well together and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!  Thank you to Dorothy for organising Ian's visit and for leading the team to such success.

     Productions formally kick off in a May this year, with Jules Jonklaas making her directorial debut with the Players with Noël Coward’s comedy, Relative Values. A satire on snobbery in all its guises, the play revolves around the clashing of cultural heavyweights, the English aristocracy and the Hollywood elite. Auditions and read-throughs will be held in the Arts Centre bar on Monday the 5th and Friday 10th of February and are open to everyone. There are five female and five male roles. If you’re interested, but are unable to make the audition, or would like to get involved without actually treading the boards, you can contact Jules on 01726 812700.
     Dorothy Nelson will return to direct the Merry Wives of Windsor in November. There are plenty of colourful characters in this Shakespearian comedy about marriage, wealth, jealousy and lies. With a scene towards the end involving a rabble of children, there should be opportunities abounding for everyone to get involved. Also, following the success of Micheal Babbage’s visit, we are hoping to hold similar workshops in the run up to the production, later on in the year. Details to follow in due course.

     As most of us are aware, getting involved with a production, especially as part of the cast (and certainly as a director!) is a pretty major commitment. With weeks of rehearsals and the inevitable seven nights of show week, it can be a daunting prospect for those with full time jobs, children and the other responsibilities that constitute adulthood. But, there are many other ways to get involved.
     Whether you’re handy with a drill or a jigsaw or a dab hand with a paintbrush, there are always opportunities to help build and beautify the set in the run up to show week. Similarly, the sound and lighting box needs a crew to bring the production to life and we are always in need of bodies in the costume, hair and makeup departments. If art and design is your thing, every production requires publicity, posters and programmes and we’re always looking for help in getting the word out!  And of course, no show is complete without a dedicated backstage crew, running around like [apparently!] headless chickens on a nightly basis.
     If anything above takes your fancy, you can turn up to the auditions and offer your services, or contact me, by clicking here or on 01726 851584, or Tony Pickup (click here) to register your interest and we’ll get in contact when opportunities arise!

     Later on in the year the Players are hoping to host an evening showcase. This will be an opportunity for anyone, be it individually or in small groups, to show off their amateur dramatic talents. So, if there’s a monologue you’ve always wanted to perform, or a short comedy sketch you’d like to have a crack at, the showcase will be the perfect chance! Formal details will follow in due course, but now’s the time to get your thinking caps on. It’s no secret that the Players are blessed with some wonderful actors and I think it’s time we showed off a bit!

     On the 3rd of March, StAPs will host a quiz night and raffle at the Arts Centre. The bar will be open from 7pm, with the quiz proper kicking off around 7.30. It’s £1 entry per person, with a maximum of four per team. There will be prizes for the winner and an obligatory wooden spoon for the least successful team. The chest of raffle prizes is steadily filling with some wonderful treats - a bottle of Glenfiddich, luxury Stithians cheese, a free haircut and an M&S pamper set, to name a few. But there is always room for more, so any donations for raffle prizes will be gratefully received. If you can help, let me know via the email or telephone number above.

     As always, if there’s anything you’d like to see here, or indeed to contribute, please don’t hesitate to contact me. So, until the next time - break a leg, chaps!!

    Rose Lancaster   Feb '18



Shakespeare Workshops

     Run by the inspiring Michael Corbridge of the RSC, this week-end of Shakespeare Workshops is largely in preparation for the November production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. The provisional outline programme is as follows:

     Friday June 29th 5 to 7pm    Children's Session
               followed by a 'Get-together' for everyone attending.

     Saturday 30th 9:30am to 6:30pm Adults' Session.

     Sunday July 1st 10am to 1pm Final session & 'wind-up'.

     Fees for the week-end course:
     Players' members £20, non-members £30, Children free.
Venue: The Heavy Transport Club, Westhaul Park, Par Moor Road, PL25 3RF. (Easiest access is from Cypress Avenue.)
    Light meals are expected to be available at reasonable prices and the bar will be available at all times.
     For more information, please contact Dorothy Nelson (email).

Jane AyreJane Ayre
(Mrs Manny Etchels)
1945 - 2018

     After a long period of deteriorating health, Jane finally succumbed on February 1st.
     A stalwart of the ‘Old Players’, Jane may be unknown to many of today’s members, but she had given her energies to everything from Players’ Secretary to acting (The Cherry Sisters, Visiting Hour, Sailor Beware and many others) and directing (Still Life) as well as co-directing, with Sheila Boyer, a memorable production of Stephen King’s Misery, in 2006.
     Jane will be long-remembered for her infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy.

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.

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