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Auditions – Summer 2015 Production

This year’s summer production will be Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, directed by Claire White-Aldworth.  The play will be staged in Brook Hall in the week beginning Sunday 19th July.  This script is a great vehicle for six women with all six roles being fairly equally balanced.

Set in a beauty shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana, the cast comprises of:

Truvy Jones – 40’s-ish. Owner of the beauty shop.  A pacifier, full of ‘pearls of wisdom’
Annelle Dupuy-Desoto – 19-ish. Beauty shop assistant. The new girl in town, with a past to spark the others interest.
Clairee Belcher – 66-ish. Widow of former mayor.  Grande dame. Oozes sophistication.
Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie – 25. Prettiest girl in town.  Diabetic. Fiercely independent yet still so reliant on the others.
M’Lynn Eatenton – 50-ish.  Shelby’s mother.  Socially prominent career woman.  Struggles between wanting her daughter to be independant and wanting to protect her.
Ouiser (pronounced Weezer) Boudreaux – 66-ish.  Wealthy curmudgeon.  Acerbic but loveable. Slightly eccentric.

(The ages are not fixed in stone we just need a balance between the three ages groups)

There will be auditions on Tuesday 28th April at Chobham Club (50 Windsor Road, Chobham GU24 8LD) at 8pm

and in Brook Hall, Ottershaw on Sunday 3rd May at 8pm

We hope to see you there!

Play Read Through

There will be a read through of several scripts I am deciding between for the OP summer production, at The Castle pub from 7.30pm on Monday 6th April. The more the merrier please so I can get your feedback and gauge interest.  We will be reading sections of:

Abigail’s Party – Mike Leigh
The Odd Couple (female version) – Neil Simon
Steel Magnolias – Robert Harling

Bring your Easter eggs for sustenance!!

See you there,

Claire WA
Chair

Farrago Tickets on sale

Rehearsals for this years Farrago, “Alors, Encore, Oh Merde!!”  are well underway.  Tickets are selling fast so dont forget to get yours!

Performances are at Brook Hall on March 5th, 6th and 7th

Tickets are priced at £15 to include supper – fish, chicken pie or a vegetarian option all served with chips.  Doors open at 7pm, bring your own drinks and glasses. Dressing up and audience participation encouraged.

Contact Brenda for tickets on 01932 841363 or via email at  b.midwinter123@btinternet.com

FARRAGO IS AN ADULT PRODUCTION AND NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG ADULTS OR THOSE EASILY OFFENDED

Calling All Farragoers

There will be a read-through and auditions for Farrago tomorrow 11th January 7.30pm in the conservatory at The Castle.

Please come along if you’re interested in enhancing the script, performing, helping back stage, covering wardrobe, set building and painting or just being involved.  Farrago is always a roller coaster ride with a lot of fun thrown in on the journey.

Danny (danny.sparkes@hotmail.co.uk) will be directing this year and we’re a little late getting the ball rolling – come along and get involved.

David Moore RIP

It is with great sadness I must inform you that David (Dave) passed away after a short final illness, on New Year’s Day.  David had been in nursing home care for some months following a severe stroke in 2014, which had left him in a very poor and uncommunicative condition.

Dave was one of our stalwart set builders and back stage supporters, and worked on many productions with us, especially at Rhoda McGaw, over the past decade. Our sympathies and condolences go to Chris, Pete, Jo and the other Moore family members.

Alan Wakefield

(Hon. President)

The Great Santa Kidnap – Tickets

This is going to be a really fun show for children, with naughty goblins, a reindeer with a weakness for cold porridge and cabbage cookies, sheep and of course Santa and his elves!  Will Santa be freed in time to deliver the presents to the children of the world?  Come see, and have some December fun!

The show is at Brook Hall, Ottershaw from the 11th – 13th December, curtain up 7.30pm, with an afternoon matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 13th

Tickets £10  (includes a free ice-cream)
Box Office: 01932 841363  (tickets@ottershawplayers.co.uk)

click here to buy tickets from our secure, online ticketing service.

For more information please see our The Great Santa Kidnap page

The Pantomime Murder – postponed

Unfortunately, the Pantomime Murder performances scheduled for 12th and 13th September at The Chobham Club have had to be cancelled.  However, the current plan is for the show to be put on at Brook Hall during 2015 where we will enjoy improved technical facilities following the current refurbishment  and the support of local audiences.

Apologies to all who were planning to attend – hopefully you will all be able to support the 2015 production and prior to that, our Christmas show, suitable for children and adults – “The Great Santa Kidnap” – on 11/12/13 December 2014 at Brook Hall.  Details to follow here shortly.

The Pantomime Murder : Tickets

Ottershaw Players are presenting  a  murder mystery, written by our own Kay Doyle, at the Chobham Club on the evenings of Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September.  Doors open at 7pm, curtain up at 7:45pm.  Tickets are now available as follows:

Tickets £12 (to include a fish, chicken pie or veggie and chips supper)
Box Office: 01932 841363  (tickets@ottershawplayers.co.uk)

For further information please see The Pantomime Murder page.

This will be a fun filled evening with the opportunity to solve the murder with supper thrown in (and very reasonably priced bar available) – come along and enjoy the show.

Pantomime Murder

Ottershaw Players will be presenting Pantomime Murder by Kay Doyle at Chobham Social Club on 11th – 13th September. Those of you who came to see or were  involved in Father Ciaran Gets A Lodger, also written by Kay, will know what to expect. But in case anyone missed that (shame on you) this a fun, light hearted script despite being centred around a cold-blooded murder.

We will be holding auditions for the play on Sunday 6th July and Tuesday 8th July at Chobham Social Club, 8:00 pm. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 15th July.

There are a couple of things that I should point out, just to avoid confusion later.

1. We will be performing this play at Chobham Social Club only. This is due to the refurbishment taking place at Brook Hall during the summer, which means that we cannot guarantee the availability of that venue.

2. We are staging the play rather later than is usual for a summer production. This is to avoid clashing with Woking Drama Association’s production of Oh What A Lovely War, so that our members are free to take part in that show if they would like.

3. If you are interested in auditioning for the play I would be very grateful if you could send me a quick email to confirm. This is purely so that I can get some idea of the level of interest we have.

Andrew Midson  (wilf42@gmail.com)

The play is set in a rehearsal room where the cast of an ambitious and somewhat “alternative” pantomime are gathering. Predictably the complex relationships between the cast, director and stage manager soon sees them at odds with one another until eventually it all boils over in the most deadly manner. In an attempt to prevent their dirty little secrets from being made public by a police investigation they then set about trying to uncover the identity of the murderer themselves.

Oh What a lovely War

2014 sees the 100th Anniversary of the start of the worldwide conflict that became known as The Great War. This First World War claimed millions of lives and almost wiped out a generation of brave young men who did their duty and fought for ‘their King and their Country’.
Through the parody of an end-ofthe-pier pierrot show, Oh, What a Lovely War tells the story of some of those soldiers. The horrors of the fighting, the deprivation and hardship, but most of all the comradeship of the trenches is movingly told through the songs of that Edwardian era, when the country still held staunch Victorian values of honour and duty.
This is a funny, thought-provoking and moving piece of theatre that is as relevant today as it was when it was first devised by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Group in the 1960s.

Performances are at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, from Tuesday June 24th to Saturday June 28th

Ticket prices £12, £10 concession

Please contact Brenda Midwinter for tickets:  01932 841363 or via email :  b.midwinter123@btinternet.com

Although this is presented by the “Woking Drama Association” there are  members of Ottershaw Players on stage and working hard behind,  together with people from many of the local groups.

This production is performed in support of the many Disabled Veteran charities who continue to serve our Armed Forces

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