Dates for your NTC Diary

Thursday 16 February 7:00 pm:

1st Play Reading for 2017

Life member John McFadden has chosen Vaclav Havel’s play Leaving to kick off the start of our play readings this year. Members, patrons and other interested friends are welcome to come along and either take part in the reading or merely listen and enjoy the camaraderie. With 6 female and 10 male roles, there should be something for anyone. John has described it as a quirky, wry, tragicomedy and hopes it makes the 2018 season. Feedback at the reading could go a long way to support this. 

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The playwright was the former Czech President, and dissident leader and poet, Vaclav Havel who died in 2011. This was Havel’s last play, who was described by the NY Times as a “writer and dissident whose eloquent dissections of Communist rule helped to destroy it in revolutions that brought down the Berlin Wall and swept Mr Havel himself into power.”

 

Laughter on the 23rd Floor – Debrief

Monday 20 February 6:30 pm

After a successful run that came to an end last weekend it’s time for a little introspection. The cast and crew and ADSC will go over the process involved in mounting the production. Directors and/or Production Managers (or those considering these roles in the future) and other interested members might also like to listen in or even contribute where appropriate.

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Raffle Winners:

1st prize: Green H 77 – S. Wark

2nd prize: Green H 73 – Gerda.

Congratulations. Our Theatre Manager will contact you shortly.

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Numbers to consider

Theatre in Newcastle

ticketOne of the most obvious things an artistically-minded newcomer to Newcastle would immediately note is that we have a very vibrant and active theatre scene. With so many shows on throughout the year, audiences have to plan what they see and how much money they are willing to part with. Naturally enough, we want our plays to be high on that priority list.

Vice-President Richard Murray sat down with the 2017 Theatre Guide prepared by recent Order of Australia recipient, Ken Longworth. These are the number of shows each month that Richard gleaned from that guide:

Month              Shows

January                   6

February                9

March                   18

April                      13

May                         7

June                       13

July                        13

August                    7

September           10

October                 13

November              6

December             Not listed

The total number of shows is 115! We are only doing 8 (1 already done) out of this number, which is close to 7% of known theatre in Newcastle. Of course, these are only the ones Ken knew about when he went to press.

Publicity and promotion are certainly big factors in helping audiences make their play selections. If you have any brilliant ideas and would be able to help the Committee in any way, be in one show per year or more, please pass your offer on to one of the Committee members. All help will be appreciated.


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Picnic by William Inge and directed by Julie Black is well into rehearsals now. It opens on 4 March, and closes 18 March. Don’t just book your own tickets, start spreading the word. This is going to be another show you won’t want to miss. More information soon.

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Julie’s passionate presentation about Picnic at the Launch

 

hot_newsBlood Brothers – matinee date moved

Blood Brothers – an excellent and moving piece of musical theatre written by Willy Russell and directed by Adelle Richards has a huge cast/band. For specific reasons, they have asked to move their Saturday Matinee (29 April) to the Sunday (30 April) and the Committee agreed to this on Monday night. This means they will have two Sunday matinees: 23 April and 30 April: NO SATURDAY MATINEE.

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Adelle sharing her inspiration about Blood Brothers at the launch.

The AGM is approaching

According to the Constitution, all 2016 membership fully expires on 28 February 2017 (there’s a two-month leniency allowed). The AGM is being held on 1 March – so if you want to vote, you need to ensure you are financial. (To confirm your status email: ntcmembership@gmail.com)

Anyone wishing to nominate for Committee needs to be financial at the time of nominating, as does the member nominating them. All nominations need to be submitted by 22 February. Details and forms have been emailed out. (Email the Theatre Manager if you need more information: newrep@bigpond.com)

[Photos used were taken by Debra Hely; Clip Art - public domain/royalty free]

Submissions welcome:

If you have news that you wish to share with members here, please email me: debraahely@gmail.com.

Until next time, cheers, Debra.