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Hello Again!                              ticket secretary, Ann Duffin (see       Although my original ideas of what
                                          below).                                 to do this year were scuppered by
It has been a few months since our                                                difficulties with performing rights, I
last newsletter, and with some            The following week we resume on
                                                                                  believe our choice of Happy As A
important events coming up soon           Friday 20 May at 7.30pm at the
                                                                                  Sandbag has been just right!
we felt it was time to write to all our   Ecumenical Centre in Redditch
members, ensuring everyone is up-         Town Centre. Tickets are £6 each,       Happy As A Sandbag is a
to-date with Society activities.          and include drink and cake.             compilation musical (revue) using
                                                                                  songs of the World War II years.
In this issue we’ll be covering the       Finally, we end the tour on Saturday
                                                                                  The show was subtitled ‘all the fun
forthcoming Concert Tour, the             21 May at 7.30pm at All Saints’
                                                                                  of the 1940s’ although it is really a
AGM, the start of our Autumn              Church in Bromsgrove. Tickets are
                                                                                  collection of wartime songs strung
production and future shows.              £6.50 each, and include light
                                                                                  together with linking dialogue.
                                          refreshments.
                                                                                  Written by Ken Lee, the show was
Spring Concert 2005                       Tickets for all venues are being sold
                                                                                  first performed in 1975 at the
                                          by Ann Duffin on 01527 527363.
Rehearsals are continuing for our                                                 Ambassadors Theatre, London.
                                          Please note that tickets will not be
next production – the Spring
                                          available ‘on the door’ at Cookhill     This will be a different show for the
Concert Tour, entitled A Night At
                                          Village Hall, and there is a (small)    Society - there are many different
The Movies.
                                          chance that the other venues may        scenes, and lots of opportunity for
The programme of songs this year          declare a ‘sell out’ - so we urge you   everybody, since there are no major
has raised some particular                all to book your tickets via Ann as     roles that stand out above others.
challenges - who would have               soon as possible.
                                                                                  Nevertheless, I believe that this is
thought that a ‘Disney medley’
                                          We particularly look forward to         the strength of the piece because we
would turn out to be so difficult to
                                          seeing all non-performing Society       can have a great deal of flexibility
learn? - but it will all be worth it in
                                          members in the audience at one, or      on staging and a greater
the end, and this is going to be
                                          more, of the concerts.                  involvement of members of the
another excellent showcase for the
                                                                                  Society in key areas of performance.
talents of the Society’s members.
                                          Happy As A Sandbag                      There is also lots of opportunity for
Just a reminder to everybody of the                                               audience participation!
dates and venues:                         Our major production this year will
                                          be at the Kingsley Theatre (formerly    I really do want this to be a big team
First performance is on Friday 13         the Lees High School Theatre)           effort because of the challenges
May at 7.30pm, at St Matthias and         during the week commencing              ahead with performing at a new
St George Church, Church Road,            Monday 28 November.                     venue. This should be a fun and
Astwood Bank. Tickets are £6 each,                                                happy show to stage, and a chance
and include refreshments.                 Most of you are aware that the          for us all to have a heart-felt sing-
                                          Palace Theatre is closed for            song due to the fact that these are
The next performance is on                refurbishment for this next year, so    very well know songs and there
Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm, at St          we are delighted to have found a        isn’t much, if any, harmony!
Peter’s Church next to Coughton           suitable alternative venue in town.
Court. Tickets are £6 each, and                                                   We will be able to give some real
include wine and nibbles.                 A Few Words from our                    power to songs such as Knees Up,
                                          Producer:                               Mother Brown, When The Lights Go
Then we’ve got our special tea-time
                                          “I am delighted that the committee      On and The White Cliffs of Dover.
concert at Cookhill Village Hall on
Sunday 15 May starting at 6.00pm.         has given me the opportunity to         As with any show, the committee
Tickets are £8 each, and at the time      direct an Autumn show and I must        has agreed that this production will
of writing we have very few (if any)      say that I am very excited by the       work within a budget, but it won’t
left, so if you want to come to           prospect.                               be as expensive as our recent major
Cookhill, then please check with our                                              productions at the Palace.
                                                      MAY 2005
                                         REDDITCH OPERATIC SOCIETY

Obviously, with the restrictions of      Annual General Meeting                    another new, exciting departure for
the Kingsley Theatre, I really do not                                              us). Other shows in the ‘hot list’ (in
want great lumbering sets, but the       The AGM this year is being held on        no particular order) include
stage will be dressed. And, as part      Tuesday 17 May (in between the            Barnum, Orpheus In The
of the stage dressing, I will want to    two concert tour weeks), at               Underworld, Crazy For You and
use you!                                 Community House, Easemore Road,           Hot Mikado.
                                         starting at 7.45pm.
In addition, monies will be set aside                                              Looking even further ahead, when
for wardrobe and a three-piece           We have been concerned by the low         they become available for amateurs
orchestra.                               attendance at recent AGMs, and            we will also be going for Chicago
                                         would urge all members to attend          and Beauty And The Beast.
Although I haven’t dotted the ‘i’s or    this important meeting. If, for any
crossed the ‘t’s I have already          good reason, you cannot attend            At the time of writing, we are still
formulated a few ideas for this          please ensure your apologies are          pursuing the contracts for our 2006
production. I am very grateful to        passed on to our Secretary, Jean          and 2007 shows, but as soon as we
those who have already agreed to         Chalk, in advance of the meeting.         have them ‘signed, sealed and
support me in this venture and I                                                   delivered’ we will make the
know I can rely on the rest of the       As well as hearing how the Society        announcements to you all.
Society to give their full support and   has fared over the past year, and
                                         nominating members of next year’s         We hope you agree that this list
commitment.
                                         committee, there will be the nicest       provides something for everybody -
There is one other, crucial thing I      part where we hand out all the            whether it be traditional or modern,
would like to mention. This is the       awards - the NODA Long Service            serious or comical, musical or
60th Anniversary of the end of           Awards, the Society’s own ‘fun’           operetta.
World War II. Happy As A                 awards, and the Norman Wheeler            Regarding next Spring, the decision
Sandbag will allow ROS to present        Memorial Award.                           on what we do in May 2006 will be
its own unique way of
                                         You never know, if you don’t come         made by the new committee
commemorating this event in
                                         along you might miss out on your          members elected at the AGM.
reflection as well as celebration.
                                         own award!
So, please join us all, and be part of
a truly ‘Society’ team show which
will be performed at the Kingsley
                                         Future Shows
Theatre this year.”                      The committee recently got together
                                         to compile a list of shows that we
Marcus Bridger, Producer                 would like to consider for the next
                                         few years. We realise that we need
As Marcus says, this should be a
                                         to plan our shows well in advance,
really good fun show to be in, with
                                         and have been looking at our return
lots of parts for lots of people. It’s
                                         to the Palace Theatre in 2006, as
such a good choice of show for this
                                         well as the years beyond.
year - we had to choose something
on a smaller scale due to the            We think we’ve come up with an
Palace’s unavailability, but being       exciting, and diverse, selection of       Fri 13 May, Sat 14 May, Sun 15
able to tie our production into the      shows that will appeal both to our        May, Fri 20 May, Sat 21 May
                                                                                   Spring Concert Tour dates.
sixtieth anniversary of the end of       members and the public alike.
war makes it a most appropriate                                                    Tue 17 May
                                         Topping the list are Rogers and           AGM, at Community House,
choice.                                  Hammerstein’s South Pacific               Easemore Road starting at 7.45pm.
Rehearsals will start on Tuesday 21      (which was last performed by ROS
                                                                                   Tue 21 June
June, at Community House,                as long ago as 1978) and Jesus            ‘Social Evening’ (first meeting) for the
Easemore Road. As usual, this first      Christ Superstar (which will be           launch of Happy As A Sandbag.
meeting will be a ‘social evening’                                                 w/c Mon 28 November
where we will hear all about the                                                   Happy As A Sandbag, at The Kingsley
show, including some of the music,                  Newsletter Issue 12.           Theatre, Woodrow, Redditch.
and the ideas that the production         Edited by Tony Jay and Marcus Bridger.
team have for the show. We hope to         Email: news@redditch-operatic.co.uk
                                                                                   For further details on social events,
see as many of you there as                www.redditch-operatic.co.uk             see any member of the committee.
possible.
                                                     MAY 2005

				
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