Join us for the readings of our Autumn production which is to be directed by Mike Huntington.
Readings on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th June with auditions on 9th and 11th July, all at Harpsden Village Hall, and all beginning at 8.00pm. There is a cast of seven, three men, four women, set in 1930s glamour. Playing dates are 16th-19th October.
Our Kenton Theatre Festival entry is MYSTIC MANDY AND HER LITTLE PEOPLE. Written by our own talented Ronnie Gunn, this show is now doing well in rehearsal…the little people are working their socks off…your support will be much appreciated by first-tme director Charlie McMann and his cast.
We are happy to say that not only did our spring 2016 play attract good houses and excellent reviews, but it made a profit! So congratulations to director Kate Lindsey and all concerned. The GLOWING NODA report can be accessed here.
Georg Briner has kindly written us an absolutely cracking piece on Verdi. Did you know that Verdi was THE superstar composer of his day? Here’s a taster from Georg’s piece: “In the world of opera, Giuseppe Verdi stands as a giant. His works are known and loved all over the world. They were HUGE hits in his own lifetime, as they still are today: Wikipedia counted 2,586 performances of 28 different Verdi operas worldwide in the last 5 years alone, putting him comfortably at the head of the ‘most performed’ league table.”
To read more about the life of this fascinating artist, please access Georg’s full write-up. A translation of the famous Quartet scene is conveniently included.
Thanks again to Darrel and Suri Poulos and their family for making us all so welcome at their wonderful home, for The Henley Players Annual Summer Picnic on 30th June. The weather was perfect, and several brave souls took a dip in the lake whilst the less adventurous of us played lawn tennis, croquet or just lolled around under the pagoda making witty observations. Those of you who didn’t make it, you really missed out! Hope to see you at next year’s Summer Picnic.
For his performance in the Henley Players’ production of “Say Something Happened”, Frank Augur won the Diamond Shield award for ‘Magic Moment’. This is a discretionary prize given by the adjudicator for something he considers rather special. It could be for anything – lighting, sound, music, a particular effect, etc. David Henson. the adjudicator this year, gave this unique award to Frank for stepping into the role of Dad in ‘Say Something Happened’ when Geoff Atkinson, due to ill health, regretfully had to pull out of the play at the last moment. Frank had just five days notice and effectively two full rehearsals before giving a first class performance on Friday. In the adjudicator’s own words, “he acted his socks off”. So many congratulations, Frank, and to Sally, Wendy, Kate, Ann and the team for a charming play, well-performed and directed.
The support from a good number of Players was much appreciated by the cast…nice to see so many friendly faces! Many congratulations to HAODS, who won two prestigious acting awards, Richard Evans as Best Actor and Angharad Jones as Best Actress, for their performances in “World without Memory”… another tear-jerking performance from Richard. HAODS also picked up the Best Runner-up award, so well done to director Samantha Fields.The overall runaway winners of the festival were the Oxford Theatre Guild (B) with their entry ‘Moving Scenes’. This won 4 prestigious awards, Best Play, Best Original Play, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor…tour de force for them!
We are now considering possible festival entries. We’ve already read one of Mike Rowbottom’s plays, the very intriguing The Zombies and the Morseline and are happy to look at any other suggestions before we make a final decision…..anyone itching to direct, please let the committee know!!
SPRING 2013 PRODUCTION: COMMUNICATING DOORS by Alan Ayckbourn (March 5th-9th., 2013), directed by our very own Pantomime Dame, Darrel Poulos, fresh from his triumph for the Remenham Thespians! Casting Communicating Doors has taken some time: there were several strong contenders for the various roles, some of which require actors to portray the same character at several different ages, and it has taken time to sort it out.
The cast is as follows:
We are very pleased to welcome newcomer Sally Rowlands, fresh from her triumph as ‘Adelaide’ in HAODS’ production of Guys and Dolls, and to welcome back Claire and Mike M, both of whom have only done one show with us before. And of course we are delighted to have the roles of Julian, Reece and Ruella in the experienced hands of James, Mike R, and Grainne. Rehearsals will begin this week. This is a very challenging play, with some gloriously funny scenes, so we wish Darrel and his cast and crew every success!
We have decided to hold club nights at a new venue: the back bar (The Stable Bar) of The Three Tuns, in Market Place, Henley. This space is better lit and more comfortable for our needs. Please also note that we will now hold our monthly club nights on the first Tuesday of each month. This is to allow more folk to participate. Feedback always welcome. Get in touch with any of the committee members.
Remember, Club Nights take place every month throughout the year, except August and December. All suggestions welcome, and please do consider hosting one yourself – just get in touch with Kate Lindsey. Friends who want to learn more about The Henley Players will be warmly welcomed.
Roger Redfern very much enjoyed his leaving party on 11 June at Zizzis, and also the phone calls and messages from those who were not able to attend…..he has asked for the following message to be circulated…. “Thank you for the splendid party last night and the wonderful picture of the “dead King”…almost appropriate! Please…..email all those who came to thank them from me. It made my day! Good luck in all future ventures, and much love, Roger”.