2014 September – Newsletter


Hi Everyone,

This newsletter starts, we’re sorry to say, with three appeals. The first of the three is particularly important; a prompt is urgently required for our forthcoming production ‘Best Served Cold’ which opens its four-night run at Trinity on Wednesday, October 1st. Obviously the prompt is a responsible position demanding as much commitment as a place in the cast.  Anyone volunteering would not only need to be available from October 1st to 4th but also for numerous rehearsals in the run-up to opening night.  Anyone able to help should contact the director, Paul Taylor, for full information.

Appeals 2 and 3 relate to the need for front-of-house staff cover for the show and raffle prizes. They will be the subject of separate appeals going out from Ian Harley within the next few days so you have been warned.  Anyone who does not receive e-mails and who wishes to help should contact Ian on Barnsley 287134 or 07780 858078.

Director Paul Taylor told those present at the September 2nd committee meeting that he was really enjoying rehearsals for ‘Best Served Cold’ because it’s the first time he has directed a play that he had never previously seen performed.

While the production was proving to be more complex, particularly in terms of entrances and exits, than first envisaged, good progress was being made by an enthusiastic cast.

Set construction is well under way as is the acquisition of props and furniture and no problems were envisaged on the sound and lighting front.

Anne Prew reported that posters and flyers were already available and the meeting approved purchase of large display photographs and advertisements in the Barnsley Chronicle. Anne was also instructed to seek publicity with local radio stations while Ian Harley was asked to seek editorial coverage by the Chronicle and the ‘local author’ angle.

Jim Parkinson reported that 55 tickets had already been purchased.

Held at Trinity on Tuesday, September 2nd, the meeting was attended by Paul Taylor (in the chair) and Jim Parkinson, Andrew Crossland, Dale Rivers, Ian Harley, Anne Prew, Barbara Parkinson and Neil Barham.

Members agreed that next year’s pantomime production ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’, again being directed by Bob Willerton, should be staged at Trinity on Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 16th, 17th and 18th and Friday and Saturday January 23rd and 24th 2015.

Curtain-up times will be 7pm for both Fridays; 2.30pm and 6pm for both Saturdays and 2.30pm for the show on Sunday January 18th.

Ticket prices are to be retained at £6 (£5 concessions) for all but the opening night when all seats will be available at £3.

Anne Prew was asked to investigate the possibility of again gaining pre-show publicity by cast members appearing in concert within Barnsley’s market complex.

Members agreed to confirm booking with the Lamproom Theatre for next year’s spring show in the week commencing Sunday, June 7th. At the present time, Brian Clarke’s ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ appears to be the most likely choice to be directed by Paul Taylor.

Andrew Crossland told the meeting that he was canvassing support – by e-mail – for gourmet experiences with participants dining at the homes of fellow members….watch this space!

Members were reminded that Peter Horner, and Jeff, have again invited Trinity members to attend the Hunters’ Moon event at their Langsett home on Saturday, October 11th.

Andrew and Peter are also taking names from those wishing to attend this year’s Trinity Christmas meal at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Suite on Friday, December 5th. So far, 27 members have paid their £10 deposits for the event thereby entitling themselves to a free half-bottle of wine apiece. That offer may have closed but places are still available.

To be arranged.

All comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com