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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Ladies of Dorchester Drama have been out buying hats, not for a wedding, but for the latest production “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.
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.
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.
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’.