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Our largest show ever!
In October 2014 we performed our largest show ever! Allo Allo by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd is a true comedy classic by anyone's standards, and a challenging show to put on! We have 18 cast members, over 400 in the audience, 50 or more props, 16 scenes and more fallen Madonnas with the big boobies then you can shake a stick at! However tough it may get during rehearsals we are all looking forward to entertaining everyone with the superb script. During the course of the production we've welcomed 7 new members to the club as well, and they have all brought energy, ingenuity and geniality to our group. Take a look at the trailer for the show for more of a taste!
The Players join NODA
The Players are pleased to announce that we are now members of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. This means that we join a community of over 2,300 other clubs across the country, contributing to NODA's mission to make amateur theatre successful and sustainable and helping to develop the skills and enjoyment of all who take part in this art form.
Local good causes benefit from donations
We have been able to donate £200 to local good causes in 2014 so far. We gave half to the Standlake Brownies towards the replacement of the neckerchiefs, and the other half to Standlake toddler group. Both groups sent us chairing thank you cards. We'll be making two more donations to local groups in May!
'Red Hot' off the press!
The Players' show Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon was featured in an article in the Oxford Mail in October 2013.Read the full article, with an interview with Director Dion McHugh, and photos of the cast.
The Standlake Players perform for the Pegasus Playathon!
The Players read Act 2 of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, as part of the Pegasus Theatre's 50th anniversary Playathon! On 13th October the Players took to the Pegasus Theatre stage to join a host of other teams reading a huge variety of plays all in celebration of 50 years of the Pegasus. Our team below had a great time and got the most out of time spent on a professional stage!
Standlake Jubilee fever is in the air!
As the Queen's Diamond Jubilee approaches the Standlake Players have been busily preparing an evening of Jubilee entertainments. We will be working alongside the village Jubilee committee to help Standlake to celebrate 60 years of faithful service by Her Majesty. Keep an eye on the website to find the latest details about our performance nights and what we will have to offer Standlake in June!A mad old time in StandlakeWhat was going on at Standlake Village hall in February to cause this effect?! Find out on our past shows page...
Players make charitable donations
We are very pleased to announce that during the month of November the Players committee have released funds for two charitable causes. Both donations of £100 are part of our ongoing support of good causes that have been put forward by our members. The two causes in question are as follows:'The Baby Snow Fairy Fund'- a charity that raises funds for neonatal units for premature babies here in the UK.'Standlake C of E Primary School' - this donation will go towards the development of drama at our local school, in the hope that we will both support and inspire the children, and perhaps even help to encourage the next generation of Standlake Players! To make a donation to either of these causes please feel free to explore their websites via the links above.
Ten down...many more to go!
This September we notched up our tenth production, not including fete shows, readings etc. This October marks our fourth anniversary and we're still loving every production we work on, but we wouldn't be doing this at all if it wasn't for the support of our audiences. So we'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who keeps turning out to come and enjoy our shows, especially the Friends of Standlake Players. To become a Friend you don't need to pay anything, fill out a form, come to a minimum number of shows a year, in fact all you need to do is sign up to or mailing list. We'll then send you advanced warning and details of our next productions - but we promise to send less than ten emails a year!We are determined to continue creating memorable dinner theatre evening experiences for all of our audiences both now and in the years to come; and we hope that in our own little way we help contribute towards bringing the local Standlake and Lower Windrush community together, and bring a bit of fun in the process!Catch up on the latest amdram news from across the county via our Oxfordshire Drama Network RSS feed here
The Players perform for village summer fete
Once again this year the Players put on a short playlet for the villagers who attended the Standlake school summer fete. This year with the theme being the circus we decided to stage a version of Romeo and Juliet, circus style. Piccalilli Circus more was performed twice in the village hall to all those who cared to come in from the attractions on the recreational ground. We all enjoyed performing and adding to this important annual event that brings together so man from the village.
Permanent lighting arrives in Standlake
We have now received delivery of a full professional lighting set!The equipment will allow us to fully light all of our shows from now on, and we will also be able to run open mornings, simulating the real theatrical experience on stage!The lights are also flexible enough to allow the group to take shows either outside, or to other venues around Standlake. Have you been to one our plays and want to review it? We have now received delivery of a full professional lighting set!We're always looking at ways to hear about how our plays go down with our audiences, and also at areas where we can improve our evening's entertainment. So if you've been to a show of ours and feel in critical(hopefully positive!) mood, we warmly invite you to let us know your thoughts!
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