Belated Updates from the NTC Committee

The Committee has been very busy this year, and somewhere along the way, we forgot to update everyone with many of the decisions we’ve made. If you want the full details, you can always read the Minutes, or, if you’re really interested, attend meetings (1st Monday of the month, 7:30pm).

Decisions
In no particular order, here are some of the decisions. To:
• reduce the size of our seasons back to 8 shows from 2015;
• continue to pursue approvals from Council for various improvements;
• revise the manuals / folders for Directors, Production Managers and Stage Managers;
• revise the mentoring relationship for new directors;
• revise publicity options for our productions;
• continue to support the CONDAs;
• revise the audition process;
• revise membership;
• continue to raise money for improvements at, and maintenance of NTC;
• organise working bees at bump outs and provide a brunch for workers;
• revise bump out / bump in procedures;
• revise security (especially after several break ins); and
• continue to deal with matters that arise as smoothly as possible for all concerned.

Actions
Again, in no particular order, here are some of the actions (on top of the many activities that are ongoing). In 2014:
• the Stage Manager’s Manual has been updated;
• the Production Manager’s Manual has been updated;
• a clear policy has been written re the roles and relationship of a Mentor Director working with a beginning Director;
• security has been investigated and improved;
• the Repartee newsletter has been replaced with this blog;
• the New Membership form has been updated – and now clarifies actors’ commitment to ushering;
• a survey has been written for all members when renewing membership so we can ensure we have up-to-date information (more to come soon);
• various publicity initiatives have been sought and discussed and we hope to be able to implement some of these soon. Volunteers are needed – can you help?

Directors & Auditions
Finally, the 2015 directors got together for a debrief re various changes that include:
• auditions at the earliest occur 16 weeks before Opening Night (with a few exceptions). However, earlier call outs asking for an expression of interest will be okay.
• All cast and crew must be financial members before they attend their first rehearsal [especially important for insurance issues].
• Directors and Production Managers are reminded to be flexible with audition times when actors are unable to make initial dates.
• If directors wish to pre-cast specific / pertinent roles, they must seek approval from The Committee first. If approved, only the other roles will be announced for auditions.

Obviously there are also other things we are working on. Stay tuned because there will be more to come, in smaller doses.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to volunteer to help out in any capacity, don’t be shy.

Debra Hely

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Season 2015 – Auditions for ‘Doubt’

NTC is pleased to announce the first production in its 2015 season will be ‘Doubt: A Parable’ by John Patrick Stanley.

‘Doubt’ (winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony for Best New Play), is set during the 1960’s at a Catholic school in the Bronx. The school’s long standing and deeply conservative Principal, Sister Aloysius, has fears of misconduct by the recently appointed Father Flynn, a progressive and personable parish priest. With the young and naive Sister James by her side, Sister Aloysius seeks out the truth on whether Father Flynn has preyed on the school’s first African-American student. It’s a strong play that deals with how far we go to confirm our suspicions when the power of those higher up can limit our reach.

‘Doubt’, directed by John Wood and assisted by Sally Davies, will run from 31st January to 14th February 2015.

NTC is holding auditions for the major three roles of the production (the ages listed are a guide only):

– Sister Aloysius (50-60). The stern and deeply conservative school principal with unwavering convictions.
– Father Flynn (30-40). The new priest. Popular with parishioners, he wishes to change the negative outlook of the church and be more welcoming to the public.
– Sister James (20-30). A young teacher whose inexperience and naivety make her vulnerable to being swayed by those around her.

Auditions will be held at NTC on 13th and 14th of October from 6-9pm, with each auditionee allocated 15 minutes.
Those wishing to apply for an audition package, please email johnpond_1989@hotmail.com with a preferred rehearsal date and time.

Editor’s note: details of the new season will be revealed soon – the launch is on in late October!