Sense and Sensibility is now well on the way to being cast, but there are still some roles unfilled. There will be one further audition session on Wednesday 31st May at Harpsden Hall, from 8.00pm, to complete the casting.
Roles still not cast are Sir John Middleton (bluff hearty squire), Elinor and Marianne Dashwood (the heroines), Mr. Palmer (young and henpecked), Lucy Steele (snake in the grass) and two “Gossips” (society ladies exchanging gossip at a ball….a few witty lines and a good dress each!): we know that there are several people interested, but we need more!!
A reminder that readings and auditions for our Autumn 2107 production, Sense and Sensibility, to be directed by Julie Huntington, start as soon as the Henley Drama Festival is over.
Readings are on 9th and 11th May and auditions 16th and 18th May, all in Harpsden Hall and all starting at 8.00pm.
The character list can be found here, and audition pieces are available here, as well as being available at the readings. There is a big cast, so do come along and give the panel plenty to agonise over!
Our March 2017 production will be ‘After the Dance’ by Terence Rattigan, author of ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘The Winslow Boy’. Directed by Rachel Head. Venue for readings and auditions: Harpsden Hall, 8:00 pm.
There are five female roles, and eight male, of which two double as party guests, across a range of acting ages.
Readings are on 19 and 25 October. Auditions to follow on 26th and 27th October, same time, same place. Rachel’s synopsis can be accessed here. Audition pieces can be accessed here.
The readings for Comic Potential, our Autumn 2016 production, to be directed by Mike Huntington, have been arranged for 26th. and 31st. May at Harpsden Hall, beginning at 8.00pm. These will be followed by two auditions, one on 2nd June and the other on 7th.June, both again in Harpsden Hall from 8.00pm. This is a very funny play (and a little off-the wall, if Mike has his way!), so do come along to the readings and auditions and give Mike every support. The character list and synopsis can be accessed here.
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.
The readings for MASKERADE will be held on 16th. and 18th June, and the auditions on 25th June, all at Harpsden Village Hall, and all starting at 8.00pm. This is a big-cast comedy, so please give director Steve Atkins and Assistant Krysia Blake your support.
Fresh upon our successes at the Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton Theatre…..the award for the Best Original Play (thanks, Ronnie!) and two nominations for Charlie…Best Supporting Actor and Magic Moment, we now have received two nominations for the main NODA awards for our production of The Accrington Pals.
One is for the Pat Redhead Drama Award for the best play (whole NODA London and South area), for which we won the runner-up prize last year for Quartet, and the other is for the Sybil Conway award for Best Actress for Hannah Roberts for her performance as May Hassal.
Andy Marlow and Jenny Haywood had the equivalent for their performances in Quartet last year, and it is lovely to see Hannah and the Pals carrying on the tradition. Long may it continue!
The Henley Players’ spring (11-14 March 2015) production will be The LadyKillers, adapted from the film version, by Graham Lineham and directed by Jill Richardson.
The casting was very difficult, but we are thrilled to have the winning combination of:
Mrs Wilberforce – Margie Barrass
Constable Macdonald – Ian Beyts
Professor Marcus – Frank Augur
Major Courtney…….Tim Green
Harry Robinson – Jude Mawbey
One-Round – Darrel Poulos
Louis Harvey – Bruce Smith
Mrs Tromleyton – Liz Mcewen
Mrs Wilberforce’s guests – Wendy Huntley, Marilyn Shah and Nansi Diamond
Do come along to this cracking production and bring your friends! Buy ten tickets and get one free!
The Henley Players’ autumn (15-18 October 2014) production will be The Accrington Pals, by Peter Whelan and directed by Jan Corby.
Director Jan Corby describes this play as follows: The play is set in Accrington, Lancashire. The play’s main focus is on the lives of those who were left behind, especially the women, but also the brave male volunteers, which led to the creation of ‘Pals’ regiments from towns and regions in the U.K. In this particular play The Accrington Pals, the men that faced the horror that was the Battle of the Somme (whose battalion’s formal name was The 11th Battalion and whose names are commemorated on the cenotaph which stands in Oak Hill Park, Accrington). The play is poignant and harrowing but often has comic vignettes which portray the everyday life of a town bereft of men.
‘Eva’ – Sabrina Fawcett
‘Sarah’ – Janice Selkirk
‘Bertha’ – Aimee McGoldrick
‘Annie’ – Pam Pitts
‘May’ – Hannah Roberts
‘Tom’ – Harry Petrie
‘Ralph’ – Charlie McMann
‘Reggie’ – Jude Mawbey
‘Company Sergeant Major Rivers’ – Steve Baxter
‘Arthur’ – Andy Marlow
Jan says: “If you would like to help out with this show, please get in touch with me” Jan Corby. We would love to have you involved!”