Another cracking social evening, with members past, present and friends.
After an exhausting few days for the Cast and Crew, Toad of Toad hall comes to a close. The scenery and props are back in the store and costumes are being cleaned before joining them. A huge thanks to everyone who helped put this together, whether it was helping out with Front of House, painting a couple of flats on a Saturday morning, or getting up early and staying out late to help lifting, shifting etc.
There are some wonderful shots out there on the interweb of the set and players and some links are below.
First of all there’s some photos taken by a Friend of Badger’s, Mr John Boyle, capturing some quite unique moments of the play. – click Link –
Secondly, there’s Marion Cox’s review published on their website. On the whole a good review, but she felt that the play was let down by the length and didn’t like Toad. It is worth noting that the version that was printed in the paper had some of the better points edited out and they applied an unsuitably negative headline. An edit that Mrs Cox herself was not happy with. This may well have put the opportunist Punter from coming out on the Saturday night.
And last, and showing that different reviewers can see different perspectives, there’s Anita Harris’s review featured in her Durnovaria diaries. See below.
Rehearsals are needing bigger spaces as we’re running the full play, so we’ve got the chance to mock up the set dimensions. This gives the Actors a feel for the space they will be performing in. It also gives the Techies a chance to try to spot problems before the Tech rehearsal.
Last night we spent some time putting together the fight scene. Here’s a little taster.
The Children (& Dee) have been practising some dance routines as well. The children have a variety of different roles, here, they’re ducks dabbling.
Publicity is out there, please spread the word around as much as possible and come to see the play. Watch out for some of the cast members handing out leaflets in town on Saturdays in costume as well. All help welcome.
Here’s the Flyer that we’re currently circulating around some of the local schools.
PDF version to download below
19th November, our opening night, is now less than a month away. Rehearsals are at full momentum and often interspersed with costume fittings.
There’s too many cast to list here fully, but the main characters are going to be played by:
- Toad – Lee Stroud
- Mole – Ann Ottaway
- Ratty – Ian Farley
- Badger – Mike Staddon
- Chief Weasel – Fran Sansom
There is also a whole host of weasels, field mice and other creatures that I’ll give credit too when I can.
The Directors are Dee Thorne & Lee Stroud.
We are still desperate for help behind the scenes and Front of House. We’re also hoping to get donations for raffle prizes as well. Anything you can help with please give us a call.
Tickets – Hold Fire, tickets are being printed and should be available next week, after half term. There will be a booking number to call for tickets, 01305 268692. You will also be able to buy tickets from Trinity Stores in Trinity St.
We’re doing 4 performances, 19th November 7:00pm, 20th November 7:00pm, 21st November 2:00pm & 7:00pm.
All performances will be at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester.
Prices will be £9 in advance or £10 on the door. All children’s tickets will be £6.
Rehearsals are underway for Toad of Toad Hall, scheduled for November. Costume design is also well underway and we’ve got to set up a meeting for set design and lighting.
If you’re interested in helping out backstage, drop us line. We can always use a few more weasels and stoats to plot against Toad.
Below are a selection of photos from the initial rehearsals, including Weasels and Stoats.
The next couple of weeks, 26th Aug & 2nd Sep, we will be meeting at Sunninghill main hall /Trinity Parish centre (where we put on Generations Apart) at 7:30pm to read through and cast ‘Toad of Toad Hall’.
Trinity Parish Centre – Culliford Road North, Dorchester. DT1 1QG
Apologies for the delayed update, Summer is always bedlam around here.
Wednesday 29th July, Dorchester Drama held it’s AGM at the Colliton Club, Dorchester. Thank you to all who attended; it was good to see you both for the meeting and the catch up in the bar afterwards.
For your information I have listed the new committee below;
- Frances Sansom – Chairman
- Colin Elphick – Treasurer
- Ann Ottaway
- Maggie Ansell
- Felicity Morgan
- Jonny White
- Alastair Simpson
- Dee Thorne
- Lee Stroud
- Naomi Phillips
- Rob Sansom
A huge thank you to Harriet Still and Tom Horsington who have both stepped down from the committee. Thanks to Harriet for her carrying out of the secretary role over the last year too. Another big thank you to Alastair. Whilst he remains a committee member, he has stepped down from his role as treasurer.
We welcome Lee, Naomi, Colin and Rob to the committee. Colin has stepped into the role of Treasurer. Thank you Colin (big sigh of relief from the rest of the committee!) . Lee and Naomi have both offered to take on secretarial duties – so we will be divvying those up a.s.a.p.
We will be having a few weeks break from activities but will be back on August 26th and September 2nd for the casting of Toad of Toad Hall – the A.A. Milne version to be directed by Dee Thorne and Lee Stroud.
And lastly, huge Thanks to David who’s sent us footage of ‘Jeeves in Bloom’, performed by Dorchester Drama in 2013.
I’ll link the other scenes into the Past Productions page.
Hope you’re all having a lovely summer.
After last weeks workshop on ‘how to not act’ ( a lot harder than it sounds….), tonight we had our summer social evening.
An evening with a light buffet (mainly cakes, though thanks to Jonny for providing us with some salad so there was the odd vitamin) and home spun entertainment.
A little improvised dance by Olivia in the middle and some more cake…..
Next week is the AGM at the Colliton Club. 7:30pm.
The committee will be looking for some more members to help support them over the next year. Please come along if you can. If you can spare some time to be on the committee, even better. We are looking for another secretary and treasurer, plus other members.
Remember, the group cannot run without your support.