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AGM

Dorchester Drama AGM 2017

Wednesday 23rd August at 7.30p.m.

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Sunninghill Community Hall, Culliford Road, Dorchester.

 

To open with business and conclude with pleasure.

Please bring a plate of food to share

We’d love you to share your favourite piece with us – recite a poem, tell a joke, or perform a skit.

(enthusiaism much more important than talent)

If you want to come and meet us, this is an ideal opportunity.

Austensibility Update

Because of availability of venues, this production will have two performances, both on the 15th July 2017.

The Matinee performance will be at 2:30pm with an evening one at 7:30pm.

There is talk of cake and tea for the afternoon one, and a bar for the evening, but this is still in the planning stages.

This is the first time we’ve actually, single handedly directed a play, and it’s surprising how soon the performance seems. At least I’ve got no lines to learn for this one, though there’s still lots to plan, staging, lighting etc.

Each new production we do attracts new members and we pleased to welcome them into the folds, even if there is no opportunity to perform this time round, it’s brilliant that they all want to help out behind the scenes as well.

Austensibility Cast:
Monica Hunt
Maggie Ansell
Ellie Simmons
Amelia Chorley
Jo Salisbury
Dee Thorne
Sue Worth
Colin Elphick
Ollie Hickey
Sean Colledge

 

Next Production – ‘Was he Anyone?’

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It’s long overdue, but here’s the latest about the next production:

The Director has made the decision to not do ‘Godot’, but to do an NF Simpson play. Not ‘The Cresta Run’ as first proposed, but another one, ‘Was he Anyone?’.

“Albert Whitbrace is alive and well, drowning in the Mediterranean. While Albert treads water and his lifebelt gets soggier, world rescue organizations set about their tasks. Questions must be answered, forms filled out. Mrs. Whitbrace has to prove that she can’t afford to get her husband rescued privately. Occasionally, Albert can be heard calling for help. As the incredible nonsense mounts, someone decides to throw the poor man a life preserver.”

It is very much in the same zany, Pythonesque style as Cresta Run and it was preferred by those who attended the read-through.

It has the advantage that there are so many parts that everyone who wants a part can have at least one. We think a revival of this, once very popular and now almost forgotten, playwright in a production that that can involve as many of the group as want to be involved is the best way forward.

Rehearsals are starting next week for the cast (listed below), but if you are interested in helping out with any other task, stage management, front of house, costume props etc. please let us know.

Performance dates are: Dorchester Town Hall, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April, and Martinstown Village Hall, Saturday 6thMay.

Tickets will be available from the usual places.


Cast
Lee Stroud
Miss Rugg, Mrs Treplatchly,

Dee Thorne
Mrs Cathage, Mrs Crabbe-Harmsworth,

Monica Hunt
Sybil, Mrs Blithehampton,

Ann Brown
Mrs Whitbrace,

Sarah Hayes

Mrs Dubarge, Mrs Clacton

Martin Steven
Williams, Clarence, Mr Clapton, Cabinet Minister 

Ian Farley
Vernon, Senior Civil Servant, Archbishop, Mr Burbage

Colin Elphick
Baverstock, Piano Engineer

Sam Kelly
Putney, Solicitor/Lawyer, Interviewer

The following parts will be shared between the younger actors as soon as we are clear who wishes to take part. 

Barbara Hughes, Junior Civil servant, Reporter, Receptionist, Miss Stewart, Miss Havergal, Miss Lindthropp, Trainee.

 

AGM and next production.

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No rest for the Wicked (Counts or Devils).

DD has their AGM this coming Wednesday, 3rd Aug. 7:30pm at the Colliton Club. It wont be all about business though (this bit might be quite boring and will be over quick) and there will be a chance for some nibbles and a chat about the future events.

Which leads nicely into the news of the next production in November in our normal slot at the Corn Exchange.

We’re planning on a production of Ayckbourn shorts. Readings and castings will be:

  • 17th & 24th August at Sunninghill Community Hall
  • 22nd August at the Victoria Hotel, Dorchester.

These will all be at 7:30pm as well.

Please feel free to come along and say hello. Don’t feel that you need to be prepared to act, we’re still more than happy to have people help with costume, props, lighting, sound, etc.

See you all soon.

Witches of Prestwick/Out for the Count

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And we’re In. Possibly the hardest get in ever. Lift was broken meaning that we had to carry the kit and staging up the stairs.

Fastest Tech ever…… Finished with 10 mins spare for a quick break before starting the run through Dress Rehearsal, which went really well and

Below are a few pics from the rehearsal. Check out the gallery for the whole collection Break a leg this evening.

7:30pm 28th & 29th July. Dorchester Town Hall (Corn Exchange). Tickets will be available on the door.

Witches of Prestwick/Out for the Count

Out for the Count / Witches of Prestwick

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DD’s Summer production has now been cast and rehearsals are well under way.

We’re only doing two performances, 28th & 29th July at the Town Hall, above the Corn Exchange.

Casts are:

Witches of Eastwick – Directed by Pete Stockman
Lou – Ellie Simmonds
Bev – Sarah Hayes
Jan – Monica Hunt
Devil Man – Pete Stockman

Out for the Count – Directed by Andrew Munro
Jonathan Farquhar – Jonny White
Mina Sewer – Amelia Chorley
Lucy – Sue Worth
Rennet – Pete Stockman
Bridget – Dee Thorne
Dr Arthur Sewer – Colin Elphick
Constance Sewer – Ann Brown
Professor Hertz Van Hyer – Martin Stephen
Count Nolyard – Ian Farley

Tickets will be available at the usual places, Trinity Stores and booked from 01305 265758.

I’d advise booking for these as with only 2 performances, we will possibly sell out quickly. Keep an eye on the site, facebook & twitter for further news.

Summer Production

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Having been knocked sideways after the last play, Anne would have been among the first to insist that ‘the Show must go on’ .

Therefore it is time to announce, and crack on with, the Summer production.

Dorchester Drama will be proud to present a couple of single act plays.

Out for the Count: – The Count, newly arrived from Transylvania at Dr. Sewer’s asylum, is hungry for more than Bridget’s fruit cup or Constance’s bloody Mary! Thwarted by a cross shaped birthmark and hounded by the Professor, the Count enlists obnoxious Rennet to help and nearly defeats the Professor and young Jonathan. But all have reckoned without Bridget’s escargots.

The Witches of Prestwick:- Three members of a local amateur dramatic society are rehearsing their roles as the witches in ‘the Scottish play’, with varying levels of competence. Bev, the ablest actress, has taken her role a bit too seriously and has been researching witchcraft to lend plausibility to her performance. Goaded by Jan and Lou, she gives them a crash course in magic!

Dates will be Thurs 28th  and Friday 29th July (and possibly Saturday 30th of July also).

Venue is to be decided.

Ladies Day – Dress Rehearsal

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This week sees Dorchester Drama’s production of Ladies Day open at Sunninghill hall in Dorchester.

Tickets are still available, both to pre order and will be available on the door. The Cast and Crew have worked very hard towards this, and had a lot of fun as well. Lots of credit must go to Pete the director, who was there for the dress rehearsal, but is away for the next few nights as he’s appearing in another play as a favour to the Wool Players.

Below are a few quick rough and ready shots taken during the dress rehearsal.

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Ladies Day Update

The Ladies of Dorchester Drama have been out buying hats, not for a wedding, but for the latest production “Ladies Day” by Amanda Whittington.

Leading Characters of Dorchester Drama's "Ladies Day" by Amanda Whittington.
Leading Characters of Dorchester Drama’s “Ladies Day” by Amanda Whittington.

“Work, love and life are just one long hard slog for the fish filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York. Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies, as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot – and more besides!”

Meanwhile, downstairs, other Dorchester Drama members are getting together for a drink or two and to read through some other scripts, from Ayckbourn to Coward and beyond.

If you fancy joining in, helping out with the play or just the social side, come along to the Victoria pub in Dorchester on Monday evenings, 7:30ish for the next few months.

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