BISH'S QUIZ NIGHT: Friday 4th October at 7.45
Bish's Quiz Night returns on Friday 4th October at 7.45
The key information is ............
- Teams of 6, which can be made up on the night
- Bar is open from 7pm
- Bring your own snacks, a prize for the best "spread"
- Lots of prizes for overall winner, winners of each round and last place!
- It is great fun
- EVERYBODY WELCOME
MINACK show 2020 Announced - Our House UPDATED DATES ANNOUNCED
We are very pleased to announce that we have decided to do OUR HOUSE ("The Madness Musical") as our Minack 2020 show. Many of you will be familiar with this fabulous show which we were lucky enough to perform back in 2011. It was very well received back then and has every ingredient that makes it an ideal "Mitre" show.
Following on from directing our last Minack show (Me and My Girl), Kevin Gauntlett returns to direct this fun, yet powerful show, which features 17 classic Madness songs and a cast that needs people of various ages (both principals and ensemble).
The Presentation Evening is on Sunday 13th October at 6.30pm
The Auditions are on Sunday 3rd November at 6.30pm
The Croydon dates are: 15th to 18th July at the Croydon Courtyard Theatre (Croydon High School)
The Minack dates (as previously announced) are 17th to 21st August 2020
Further details, including the rest of the production team and audition dates will be announced soon.
Big Fish: Our Autumn Musical: 23rd to 26th October 2019
We had another great turnout at the recent auditions for our Autumn Musical, Big Fish and the audition panel were spoilt for choice. Almost every part could have been cast several times over and we were royally entertained by the extremely high standard of those who auditioned. The show has now been cast and what a stellar cast list it is!! Here it is….
Edward Bloom:: Mike Mackenzie
Story Edward: Chris Backway
Will Bloom: Simon Long
Young Will: Eddie McConnell
Sandra Bloom: Nicky Chambers
Story Sandra: Megan Brown
Josephine Bloom: Toni Raye
Witch: Laura Brand
Karl the Giant: Ziggi Szafranski
Amos Calloway: Colin Warnock
Jenny Hill: Natasha Palmer
Young Jenny: Katie Palmer
Don Price: David Harries-Rees
Zacky Price: Tom Lilley
Dr Bennett: Neil O’Gorman
Mayor of Ashton: Ian Brown
Alabama Lambs: Chrissy Amer & Kate Gauntlett
Will’s son: Barnaby Brown
In addition to the above, other roles & the ensemble includes Claire Ali, Rosie Chambers, Sarah Coldwell, Jane Cooper, Jackie Driscoll, Karen Durrell, Louise Gauntlett, Sarah H Gordon, Fiona Lilley, Gemma Lilley, Sian McConnell, Ellie McConnell, Kim McEvoy, Tonia Porter, Gill Rawlins, Katy Reid, and Kate Slingerland
The show will be directed by Julia Ascott, choreography by Jo Morrison and we welcome Shaz Dhudia as MD.
Earlybird tickets are £2 cheaper if ordered by 15th September, quoting the discount code on the handbill. Group discounts for 10 or more people can be ordered from the box office on 07419 340648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CORAM BOY: A joint production with Trinity School
Next year we will be presenting the award winning play Coram Boy by Helen Edmunson, adapted from Jamilia Gavin's novel. This will be a joint production with Trinity School's Drama Department. To learn all about this ambitious project, please come to the......
Presentation evening on 3rd November at 5pm (before the Our House auditions).
The auditions will on Thursday 14th November at 7.30pm.
Performances will be at Trinity's Mitre Theatre on 25th to 28th March.
HONK! jr A Junior workshop production: January 2020
Workshop auditions are to be held for our first Junior workshop production on Sunday 17th November from 3pm to 6pm. We will be looking for a cast of around 20 under 18s to perform Stiles and Drewe's Honk! jr at the clubhouse on January 22nd to 24th. They will need to be available for all of the three all day (12 to 6pm) Sunday rehearsals on 5th, 12th and 19th January. Simon Long will be leading a team of established Mitre Player directors and musical practitioners in what we hope will be the rebirth of the "Mitre Juniors". Further details will follow
Key dates are:
Workshop Audition: Sunday 17th November 3pm to 6pm
Sunday Rehearsals: 5th/12th/19th January 12pm to 6pm
Dress rehearsals etc.: 20th/21st January
Performances: 22nd to 24th January
Our Summer Barbecue: Friday 30th August at 7pm
Help celebrate the end of our summer show (Bugsy Malone) and welcome in our Autumn Show (Big Fish) at our now traditional Summer Barbeque on Friday 30th August from 7pm.
Tickets are priced at just £10.00 and include a large choice of meats and fish (veggie options can be ordered with your ticket), homemade salads and strawberries/desserts. Under 12s cost just £5.00
Tickets can only be bought in advance on Ticketsource and the absolute deadline is Midday on 28th August, but it really would be appreciated if you could order as soon as possible.
Bugsy Malone: Our Summer Show
Due to the demise of the school accommodation at Dawlish, we have opted to tour to The Apollo Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight. We will be performing Bugsy Malone, with a “grown up” cast. Jo Morrison is directing and Kim McEvoy will be assisting her with the choreography. Fresh from playing the “Reeds” at The Minack Theatre for Me and My Girl, Debbi Lindley is going to be MD.
Isle of Wight Show Dates: 30th July – 3rd August. Apollo Theatre, Newport Tickets can be purchased HERE
Based on the hit 1976 film featuring a catchy, swinging score and cartoon cut-out characters, Bugsy Malone has always been a much loved musical for children. But The Mitre Players have an all adult cast, enabling us to make it darker, grittier and bigger on laughs. Come and join us for what promises to be a SPLURGETASTIC, toe-tapping romp back to the 1920's.
The story……….. Two gangs go to war after Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since acquiring the new technology "splurge" gun . Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust into the limelight when he becomes the last chance that Fat Sam's gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey…... but that just isn't on the cards for our hero.
Music, dancing, an eight piece live band and razamataz! Don’t miss out a chance to see this new take on the popular musical!
Deathtrap: 16th to 19th April
In April 2019, the Mitre Players presented the wonderful, award-winning thriller, “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin.
Here is the review from local theatre critic, Theo Spring:
Because this play is well known to me, the building of tension by this excellent cast and their director is all the more praiseworthy. The many twists and turns involving deceit, murder and apparent resurrection brought gasps from the audience and, the first ‘killing’ in particular was given a huge element of speed and surprise.
Paul Grace, elegantly aged up as playwright Sidney Bruhl, swung effortlessly between malevolence and apparent kindness, as he lulled his wife into a very false sense of security and, throughout the play, it was his face that gave away his malicious thoughts, whilst his body language stayed calm and careful.
As the playwright bursting with ideas for his next production, Simon Long as Clifford Anderson was the perfect antidote to Bruhl’s evil, albeit that he colluded in the plans to bring about the heart attack that successfully killed Bruhl’s wife Myra.
He managed to transform himself into several different characters - the slightly over-awed playwright hoping for the success of his first play, the partner in crime, the slightly subservient secretary and finally the man with both foresight and the strength not to be quite done in by an arrow in his chest. Simon Long brought to all of these a slightly different personae, whilst never giving the game away as to his next move.
For Sarah H Gordon, the role of Myra was less complex, although she too had to be both the concerned wife as well as colluding in the murder she believed was taking place which was quite a tricky juxtaposition.
The serious plot of the play is lightened beautifully by the psychic neighbour Helga Ten Dorp, to whom Isobel Warner brought just the right amount of Eastern European accent, eccentricity and comedy. Costumed in glitter and sparkle, redolent of Madame Arcati, her hit and miss predictions added to the stealth of the tale and her business acumen helped close this often dark play on a lighter note.
Adding a note of sensible sobriety, Geoff Thorn took the cameo role of Porter Milgrim, the solicitor who brought the news of the paucity of Myra’s estate.
I am constantly amazed at Mitre’s ability to create such effective and workable sets within the confines of the small area at their disposal. Here Alan Collins managed to create a sense of space and of more of the house and garden than just the stable office in which the action takes place for which he deserves full credit for his ingenuity. The hard task of the sourcing of weapons, particularly the important crossbow, fell to Elizabeth Lee and Sue Long, in charge of props, and their range, displayed so prominently on the walls of the office, added much to plot. Sound (James McLeod) and Lighting (Alan Bishop) also played an important part, with a particular mention for a storm which wouldn’t have been out of place in King Lear.
Anna Warnock’s costumes provided a selection of just the right jumpers for our protagonists to sport, keeping very much to the late 1970’s era.
This play, which has had major professional popularity, is now a staple of the amateur drama circuit and the unease and apprehension built up here would be hard to beat, so to director Julie Cumbo goes the accolade of keeping the tension going and the twists and turns hidden until they, sometimes literally, jumped out at you. A production of which to be justly proud.
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Rehearsed Play Reading: Friday 8th March at 7.45pm
This evening promises to be entertaining and informative and is presented by Mitre Patron, Paul Smith who now runs an agency promoting new plays and writers, called Smith Scripts. He has gathered a cast of 15 who will perform a rehearsed reading of some short plays and extracts of scripts – there is a huge variety of content and the evening will be split into 2 halves with a free hot meal served in the interval. The bar will be open all evening and it will be relaxed, sociable and entertaining. Tickets are FREE but do need to be booked in advance via www.ticketsource.co.uk/mitreplayers – there are still a few available. The cast list is as follows: Julia Ascott, Chris Backway, James Backway, Laura Brand, Megan Brown, Paul Grace, Andy Holton, Di Jones, Warwick Jones, Richard Jones, Charles Marriott, Jo Morrison, Toni Raye, Eve Simpson & Paul Smith. Hope to see many of our members there, especially as there will be an opportunity during the evening to make a donation to MIND in memory of our late Chairman, Alex Greenslade.