The Petuaria Players continue to enjoy their summer break – or to be more accurate – their break – we are all still awaiting the arrival of a summer….
Those of us who are not escaping to warmer climes continue to meet every Monday and read potential scripts. The biggest change this year, and a great improvement over the past, is the use of more trial versions of digital scripts which we can group-read using eReaders and tablets such as iPads and Kindles. Obtaining plays to read with sufficient paper scripts can be extremely challenging but this method widens our scope resulting in more choice.
And that choice is almost upon us. Our first meeting takes place this week to look at our three plays for 2016/7.
But deciding upon our programme is not as easy as it sounds. We have to look at our cast availability for October, January, May. How many males and females are available for each one? What are their age profiles? Can we give a role to everyone who wants to act? Who is available for backstage work, sound and lights? This can mean that a play we think would be a popular success doesn’t even get past first base. It usually involves casting one play as a keystone and then selecting the other two to meet any casting availability limitations. It means our programme can turn out to be quite different to how we expected before we start the process.
The Producers will meet and thrash it all out – imagine the closed door Labour Party National Executive Committee meeting today and you have an idea of what its like… I’m kidding. Maybe.
But the end result will be another exciting and challenging programme. Watch this site for news.
With just a few days to go to Neighbourhood Watch (book your tickets here) we also need to tell you about our annual Open Night event on Monday May 9th at 7.30pm in the Forum.
This is that exciting once a year unmissable opportunity (ok I’m in promotional mode here) to come and meet the stars of our stage and the equally wonderful stars of our backstage operations.
In a friendly informal atmosphere join us to have a chat; find out what we do; how we get a play from first reading to performance; have look at our history and photos from the past; give us your opinions; offer suggestions….
It’s also an opportunity to consider joining us in any capacity – want to have a go at acting? (no previous experience necessary…) -offer help in our numerous supportive roles off stage both during performances and during the rehearsal process? – help build our sets for the plays? Help with teas on performance nights? Perhaps support us by becoming a patron?
So come along and see us… oh, and free refreshments available too….
The Forum is our rehearsal building which is located to the right of the Village Hall on Elloughton Road, near the scout huts
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It’s a challenging and time-consuming period for everyone as the number of rehearsals increase and we tease out the detail and the lines. But more than that, we introduce the music, the sound effects and the props, plan the scene changes, devise and publish the programme in readiness for opening night.
Next week sees the final rehearsals in ‘The Forum’ (the rather grand name for our drama hut and rehearsal room adjacent to the Village Hall) before we have a busy weekend of set building and building the seating in readiness for the performances. Only then can we translate the work we have done onto a stage environment – the Technical Rehearsal – which will work out our lighting, sounds and stage entrances and exits, scene changes and back stage functions.
Come and see the results of our efforts 28 / 29 / 30 April.
Yes, no sooner has one play been completed than another one starts. Rehearsals are already underway for our next production of ‘Black Comedy’ by Peter Shaffer. Groping around in the dark takes on a whole new meaning for this comedy with its premise of switched lighting… read more about it on our UP NEXT page.