Headley Theatre Club Newsletter May 2019

Shed Day
Thanks to all who turned out on a lovely sunny day (12 May) to help clear and sort our main shed. It was unbelievable how the contents from just one shed could almost fill the village hall. As more than one person said, we could have held a jumble sale! Unwanted costumes were bagged and taken to the Sue Ryder's shop in Grayshott. The old piano made its final journey to recycling where Michaela helped it to play its last chord as it tumbled into skip No.6. We now have a NEW piano in the hall.

We plan to hold more Shed Days later in the year - watch this space!

Remember to come to the AGM at 7pm this Tuesday 21 May (before the 'Allo 'Allo rehearsal begins at 8pm). We need you to tell us what you think the Club should be doing in the future (see 'Autumn Show' below). If you would like to join the Committee, let Janet know and she will give you the relevant nomination forms.

'Allo 'Allo-themed evenings in July
By the time you receive this, Nick will be casting 'Allo 'Allo for performance at the themed supper evenings on 12/13 July. There will be opportunities for all to be involved either on or off the stage as we'll need the likes of French waiters/waitresses as well as cast members. We have decided to raise the ticket price to £16 for this show, as we need to cover the cost of a performance licence as well as the food.

Junior Pantomime
The Junior/Youth group are putting on Aladdin on Saturday 29 June. The script has been written by Karina, and rehearsals are progressing. The show is being advertised to the general public with ticket prices at an affordable level (£3 for adults and £1 for children), and a start time of 6.30pm.

Barbeque on 30 June
On the day following the Junior pantomime, the annual Club barbecue will be held starting at 2.30pm on Sunday 30 June at Dil & Jo's. There will be interesting meats, cooked by Steve White and funded by John McGregor. Salads and puds will be provided too - Please bring your own drinks!

Social Events
We circulated you about going as a group to an open-air drama at Hatchlands, and the preference was for 'Private Lives' at 6pm on Sunday 11 August. There will be an email going out to those of you who said you wanted to come. Please let Dil know if any queries.

Autumn Show
The committee spent some time discussing what we should do this autumn. For some years now we have been putting on 4 productions a year, in January, April, July and October. This gives no break in the schedule for rest and recuperation. As soon as one show finishes, auditions and rehearsals for the next begin. This is fine so long as there are sufficient numbers of different people to bear the burden, but over the past year or two some of us have been feeling a little overloaded. So, this autumn we will take a break. Instead of putting on a show of our own, the Club will help Chris & Clare (who sang at Bard's Night) to put on an evening of entertainment on Saturday 19th October for the benefit of the Village Hall. More details later.

Dramatic Walks
Jo Smith has been asked to organise another couple of his Dramatic Walks this year, one around Waggoners Wells on August Bank Holiday Monday (26 Aug) and the other over Hindhead Common as part of the Haslemere Walking Weekend on Saturday 28 September. He has asked the 'usual suspects' to play the roles they have played in the past, but there are also 'crowd scenes' in both dramas which anyone can join in. Please contact Jo if you want to know more.

Pantomime 2020
Mel is writing and directing her version of Snow White for performance in January 2020. Normally auditions would be held after the Autumn show, but she may take advantage of the lull to bring them forward this year. More news when she's finished writing it!

Touring in 2020
There has been some discussion about possibly touring a show again in 2020. No decisions have been made yet, but please bring any ideas you have for plays/shows/reviews that you would like us to consider to the AGM, or tell a member of the committee.

For further information on what we're planning to do in the future, see our website.