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  • Writer's pictureChris Hall

Chairperson's Update - February 2023

A belated Happy New Year everyone.

We are fast approaching our next production 60 Years of Musicals. It’s looking to be a thoroughly entertaining show, involving all age groups from the Academy to the adults. The show has been co-ordinated by a James Hinde and a grand job he has done too. It’s great to have Luke back as musical director and a massive thankyou to Emma Haughton for taking on the choreography. We have a few newcomers, some amazing voices and dance routines to entertain you. Hope you have got your tickets as it is selling out fast!

Sleeping Beauty was a fantastic success with most seats being sold. It’s no easy task putting on a production with so many involved but we had a superb team of staging staff, prop makers and wardrobe assistants helping to create the best show we could. Unfortunately, Luke was unable to commit to musical director this time, so thanks to Ollie and his team for ensuring sound and lighting went smoothly. We received an encouraging adjudication from Greater Manchester Drama Federation’s representative.

‘Accomplished and entertaining Pantomime character actors.’

‘Very good attention to detail across all departments to give this show excellent production values.’

The audience clearly enjoyed it form the positive comments received as they were leaving, although many did miss Luke!

Check out our players in action here.

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A reminder that we are hosting, GMDF One Act Festival in 12th – 17th June 2023. We will need lots of help for this, so keep the dates free! Keith is going to direct the adult play It’s Good to Talk, a one act play written by Charlie. This involves two couples and Keith will be organising auditions after 60 Years of Musicals. Cheryl and I will be working on the junior entry and possibly a youth production.

We are still deliberating the 2023/24 season but can announce that our first play running 3rd to 7th October will be The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde. This will be followed by a pantomime Mother Goose on 5th to 10th December.

We are considering a play by Steve Thompson for the February slot (20th – 24th February 2024). Whipping it Up is a quick-witted satirical farce set in the Whips’ office at Westminster - seems topical! It requires four males and two females and a director.

Auditions will be on Sunday 2nd April 2pm. We are still open to suggestions for any plays and welcome anyone who would like to have a go at directing.

Updates on theatre improvement include a new carpet on the now squeak free stairs that connect the dressing room to the stage and a new cupboard for locking away hazardous substances (Jackie’s handiwork). Thanks also, to Martin for his lovely photograph display of our most recent productions which are up in the upstairs bar. We also hope you like our new website. Purchase of two tablet computers should help speed up sales in both bar areas.

Planning permission for the new development on Gatley Golf Course has been delayed yet again as the company comply with further Government legislation.

That’s all for now. Hope to see you at our next production.



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