We have just started rehearsals for ‘Community Spirit’ by David Muncaster, which will take to the stage at Steeple Ashton Village Hall on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May and at Trowbridge Town Hall on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May. Rehearsals are at The Park Club, in Trowbridge Park on Mondays and Fridays at 7.30pm.
The play is a comedy about the different groups who use the Snickerton Village Hall and the tensions that abound. The spirit in the title has three meanings. It refers to ‘get up and go’ but also there is a misunderstanding involving alcohol and the old village hall may also be haunted!
The cast is as follows :-
Mel – Self conscious Local Government Officer – Chloé Johnson
Mike – Pompous Chair of Choral Group – David Bailey
Chris – Not Mike’s best friend, Historical Society – Tim Hobbs
Sam – C of E Vicar – Lissy Snook
Pat – RC Priest – Mike Holden
Hilary – Amdram Luvvess – Sue Morgan
Jim – Amdram Luvvee – Alan Rutland
Wendy – Mumsey Scout Leader – Becky Holden
Brian – Quietly devious, Talking Newspaper – Tim Knott
Charlie – Slightly seedy Photographer – Kye Vallance
Caretaker – Put upon, grumpy – Pete Grant
Lady Mayoress – Dawn Holden
Tim is directing, Barry is Stage Manager and Dawn is looking after props
Here is further news about the play we are planning for May 2022.
We will be reading the play again in the ‘Park View’ room ( the big one upstairs, known to some as the ‘Supper Room’) at Trowbridge Town Hall on Tuesday 15 February at 7.30pm, prior to the auditions on Monday 21 February, in the Selwood Room, Trowbridge Town Hall at 7.30pm.
If you’d like a part but are not able to attend this audition date, please attend this read through if you can, and let us know
We’d also like to hear from anybody interested in directing the production.
Provisional dates for performances
We have provisionally booked Steeple Ashton Village Hall for Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2022 for 2 performances (Thursday 12 May would be for Move-in and Tech/Dress rehearsal), so we have something to aim for.
Thanks and best wishes,
Trowbridge Players Committee
With the loss of The Arc we are preparing to perform again in the Spring. We have decided to do two shorter plays, ‘Lockdown in Little Grimley’ by David Tristram – the latest chapter in the Little Grimley saga where the Little Grimley drama society start work on a new production after an unscheduled break due to Covid (sounds familiar!). The other play will be another comedy, ‘Community Spirit’ by David Muncaster, where members of the various societies that use the local village hall meet up to decide how to mark the opening of a new hall. Spirits of both kinds (Ghostly and Alcohol-y) come to the fore to cause chaos.
We will be reading ‘Community Spirit’ at Trowbridge Town Hall on Monday 7th February at 7.30pm with auditions due to take place on Monday 21st February, also at Trowbridge Town Hall at 730pm.
We are proposing to perform these plays on several nights in May at venues including The Tin Church, Trowbridge Town Hall and Steeple Ashton Village Hall – not all in the same week. We should have firmer dates and venues by the time of the auditions.
Tim Knott – Chairman
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Panto again for 2022. There were several issues for this. Uncertainty about Covid was one. The ARC also doubled their prices and withdrew all support, so we would have no bar, ushers or changing area. We had 3 council qualified chaperones in 2019 but the licences expired during lockdown. We have to have one chaperone per 6 under 16s, which meant no children would be allowed to perform. The council have now allowed chaperones to renew and restarted courses to allow new ones to qualify.
In the meanwhile, the ARC have cancelled all bookings for outside groups due to their technician leaving, which means we would have no-where to perform anyway.
We are looking for alternative venues for the Spring production but the Panto has been shelved until January 2023.
I am sorry to disappoint everyone but a lot of this is beyond our control. We are now an amateur theatre group who has not performed a full show for nearly 2 years. Now, without a home theatre available to us, we are looking for a suitable venue for our next show. We hope to be back on stage soon.
In the meanwhile we are currently meeting each Monday at The Tin Church in Horse Road, Trowbridge where we are reading various plays over coffee and biscuits. I hope to see as many of you as can attend.
Tim Knott – Chairman
The AGM will be on Monday 13th September 7.30pm at Trowbridge Town Hall and everyone is invited. We are planning to perform some short plays in November as well as our long-delayed pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in January 2022. All this and more will be discussed some come along to have your say. See you there !
I have been having a clear out and I have a load of posters/postcards and programmes from the last few years of productions that are surplus to requirements. If you need any for your scrapbooks etc then let me know before they all get recycled !
Here is the list :-
Murder in Play
The Accrington Pals
Suddenly at Home
Cash on Delivery
Plays and Puddings
A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone
Jack and the Beanstalk
When We Are Married
There Goes the Bride
Thank you all so much for attending the auditions over the last 2 weeks and for making my decision difficult. I could have cast the show in many different ways and I do apologise to anyone I was not able to give a part to however, I would love to still have you involved in the panto.
Princess Beauty – Olivia Clarke
King Fredrick – Pete Tapp
Queen Olivia – Alice Gosney
Wilbert – David Easton
Nanny – Pete Grant
Lord Chamberlian – Mike Holden
Fairy Sapphire – Anna Mcgrail
Mouldina – Angela Giddngs
Prince Fredinand – Charlie Parker
Groom – Darcey Oswin/ Harry Parker
Charlie Parker (Act 1)
Harry (Act 1)
Darcey (Act 1)
A few things:
– I will be planning to get scripts out as soon as possible. They will cost £5.
– I am hoping to start rehearsals at the end of September/beginning October however am still trying to source a venue. Please can I ask for you all to send me any Monday’s and/or Friday’s you are unavailable so I can create a rehearsal schedule.
– Just a reminder that there is a possibility we might not be able to perform in January, however we will be following government guidelines.
Thank you again for all auditioning.
Chloé Johnson, who is going to be directing the next pantomime, is going to be holding some song and dance sessions for potential chorus members this month, over Zoom. These sessions are for people to learn the audition pieces, so if you’d like to be in the panto chorus, you should try to make some of these sessions.
The sessions are:
- Monday 13 July and Thursday 15 July — panto chorus audition dance
- Monday 20 July and Thursday 23 July — panto chorus audition song
- Monday 27 July — recap of both.
You don’t have to attend both Monday and Thursday.
What to do
If you are interested in being in the panto chorus, please let Chloé know by email (email@example.com). She can then give you the necessary information to join the sessions and keep in touch via Facebook.