It seems to be just as well that we’ve reduced the number of shows this year, because NTC has been a very busy place.
A well attended Working Bee on 10/11 January kickstarted everything. Anyone who hasn’t yet seen the Green Room will be amazed with what was achieved. I’m attaching a few photos here and there that I took on the day in between jobs.
Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by John Wood was a successful Opening Play for our 2015 season. The ensemble cast made it a very memorable visit to the theatre – and the technical aspects totally complimented their work, or was it the other way around?
In February we had our AGM and had a some changes in our Committee. John Wood has stepped down but is still involved in the Artistic Development Sub-Committee (ADSC). They have already started play readings for possible selection in 2016. If you’re interested in attending the readings, let John know (firstname.lastname@example.org). New to the Committee are Michael Byrne; David Ebert and Janine G. Mullins. We also welcomed back Life Member John McFadden to the team. Committee Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month @ 7:30pm (except for April when it’s the 2nd Monday). Members are welcome to attend but cannot vote. Executive Meetings are held the Monday after @5:30pm.
In March, lauded director Julie Black mounted the intriguing drama, Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton. Audiences were once again impressed with the variety and talents on show in our theatre.
Julie must be a serious workaholic as she was also preparing a return season of Emma Wood’s successful play, Mr Bennet’s Bride, which has a brief encore season before beginning an exciting tour. We expect updates of the responses from the audiences as well as interesting touring gossip.
Elsewhere, Woy Woy Little Theatre is building on the success it had with its Flash short play festival last year, and is doing it again in 2015. This year’s theme is Free. To get writers in the mood they held a weekend workshop run by wordsmith and playwright, Alex Broun. Two members from NTC attended the workshop – Peter Oliver and Debra Hely.
Meanwhile, Cactus Flower by Abe Burrows and directed by the esteemed Brian Wark, is bumping in, getting ready to open on on 2 May. It promises to be a fun night with lots of comedic episodes, with an essentially heart-warming story at its heart.
Michael Blaxland and his team are in rehearsals for Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde. What an evening that promises to be!
Janet Nelson, and her AD Louise Johnson have just cast Dancing at Lughnasa. Successful auditionees include: Amy Wilde, Brian Randell, Howard Rawlinson, Matthew McFarlane, Pearl Nunn, Tracey Gordon, Tracey Owens & Tracy Ebbetts.
Crowd favourite, Isobel Denholm is getting ready to hold auditions for The Female of the Species by Joanna Murray-Smith. Details have been emailed out.
I don’t have the time to even begin to start on the successes members have also been having with other theatre groups. However, congratulations all of you.
Phew – now to get on with updating Membership work…
Here’s the last of the photos from the Working Bee – apologies if I neglected to shoot / include you.
[This is my first go at adding photos here – not so good a job. But it’ll do for now.]