Reading and auditions for “Snow White”, our next pantomime

Time rushes swiftly on, and we are getting geared up for the pantomime in January 2018! We’re doing “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” in a version specially written for us.

The performance dates will be Thursday 11th January to Sunday 14th January 2018, and Thursday 18th January to Sunday 21st January 2018. Performances on  Thursdays are at 6.30pm, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm. In addition, there are matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.

The immediate thing is to have a reading. We read through Act 1 last night, and we are reading through Act 2 on Monday 18th September at 19:15 (7.15 pm) at The Arc.

Following that, we are holding auditions (again at The Arc) on Sunday 24th September, at 14:00 (2 pm) for children auditioning as dwarves, and 15:30 (3.30 pm) for adults.

[Please note that the day and times for the auditions changed after the first version of this post.]

The cast list is:

  • Snow White
  • Prince
  • Nurse Nora
  • Odd Job Bob (comedy part)
  • Evil Queen
  • Herman the Hench-man
  • Magic Mirror
  • Lord Chamberlain
  • The Seven Dwarfs
  • Woodland Creatures
  • Adult Ensemble

There’s a lot of fun to be had at a pantomime, and possibly even more performing one. Do come along and join in if you can.

Annual General Meeting

The Trowbridge Players Annual General Meeting is coming up on Monday 4th September at 19:30 at the Tesco Community Space.

This is the annual opportunity for members to steer the society, to decide on things like who runs it and the costs of membership, ticket price policy, etc.

We also award the Eileen Atkinson Rose bowl annually to the person we vote has done the most for the society in the past year. (We like to have nominations for this in advance, so if you are thinking of somebody who needs to be rewarded in this way, please let us know as soon as possible).

This year we thought we’d like to make it a bit more of a social, so we will also be having some pizza (!) and something to drink.

Please do come. You can’t vote if not a member, but you’re welcome to join! The more who come and let us all know what you think, the better able we are to match your expectations and desires.

Autumn 2017 production

As you would expect, we are well under way with rehearsals for our Autumn production which is a thriller by Francis Durbridge called “Suddenly at home”. We have already received offers for help with this (things like props and front of house) but any more offers are also very welcome.

The dates of the production can be seen in the diary of events.

Juggling productions and other stuff

We’ve cast our play (“Cash on Delivery”) and rehearsals are under way, with lots of laughs. We’d really like to hear form anybody who can help out with all those other essentials of a successful production, like stage management, prompting, set building and painting, costume and prop assembly or construction… All necessary and much appreciated by the cast (and of course the audience!), so if you can help, please do get in touch.

We are also aware that it’s a bit of a let-down if you want to get involved with the Players but don’t find that sitting through a lot of rehearsals by other people is very appealing. So we thought we’d get some regular club nights going. We had a couple of gatherings at The Lamb last year, with mixed success.  We’ll probably re-institute those if there’s strong demand, as it’s a convivial place to socialise. However, we thought a more ‘dramatic’ focus might be better received, and that the Tesco Community Space is a good place for that–so we are having a first club night on Monday 7th March 2017, primarily to explore what things people would most like.

Do come along!

Our Spring production

We have decided on “Cash on Delivery” by Michael Cooney as our next production. We will be performing it at The Arc theatre at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th April 2017. We are pleased to welcome Jamie Wright and Tirion Cowell  from Trowbridge College and The Arc as directors. They are keen to get involved with working with Trowbridge Players.

We’ve had a few readings of the play at the Tesco Community Space, and I think the general view is that it is very funny, with some good lines and some very ridiculous situations. It was written in the 1990s, and we’ll probably set it then — but that decision is obviously up to the directors.

We will be holding auditions for the parts (6 men and 5 women, ages mostly indeterminate) at The Arc from 19:30 on Friday 17th February and Monday 20th February 2017. We look forward to seeing lots of people there, and lots of people getting involved in putting on the production!

Pantomime, January 2017

We are all geared up to produce our annual pantomime in January 2017, a traditional activity that has delighted audiences for many years!

This time we present a version of “Mother Goose”, with performances over two weeks, from Thursday 12th to Sunday 22nd January, at The Arc theatre, part of the Wiltshire College complex in College Road, Trowbridge.

Do come and enjoy the show! Also, why not get involved? It’s very enjoyable and sociable!