2015 October – Newsletter


Tuesday 27th October 2015
The Willertons, BARNSLEY

Hi All,

And now for something completely different!….Last month’s meeting of Trinity Players’ committee decided to stage a very different Christmas celebration this year.

Instead of the usual formal meal, they have decided to stage a festive feast of fun, fayre and frivolity with a party held at our own Crookes Street home. So please get your diaries out and note that the date will be Saturday, December 19th; the charge will be £5 a head and members are invited to bring family members and/or close friends with them to join the merriment.

While music and fun will be the order of the evening, there will also be a quiz and the opportunity for attendees to entertain in a variety of ways. So if you’d like to perform your party piece or have other ways of keeping us entertained, please contact social secretary Joe Battye or any committee member. The same goes for anyone able to help with the catering and hall decoration.

The decision to go for an informal party was taken by Paul Taylor (chairman); secretary Dale Rivers, treasurer Jim Parkinson, and colleagues: Ruth Willerton, Neil Barham, John Parker and Joe Battye at the meeting, held at the Willerton home. (Apologies being received from Barbara Parkinson, Jane Laverack and Ian Harley). It followed consideration of festive fayre on offer at various locations including the Dodworth’s Holiday Inn and The Fairway, Wortley Hall, Barnsley FC, Shaw Lane Sports Centre and The Talbot at Mapplewell.

Dale Rivers, taking over in the hot seat following six years of Bob Willerton direction, announced that rehearsals are now under way for our 2016 pantomime production, Jack and the Beanstalk.

The show is being staged at Trinity Hall at 7pm on Fridays January 15 and 22, at 2.30pm and 6pm on Saturdays January 16 and 23, and at 4pm on Sunday, January 17. Two deals will be in place to offset the increase in admission prices. The first is a family ticket for two adults and two children being on offer at £20while the second is a two-for-one offer on tickets forthe opening Friday. Those making bookings, however, will have to fund credit card charges.

Dale reported that his appeal for performers to register their interest resulted in a good response. An increased number of children are now showcasing their dancing talents under the watchful eye of choreographer Joe Battye on Saturday mornings.

Flyers are being printed and Neil has recruited Malcolm Afferson, John Ryal, Phil Johnson and Ian Harley to his production team not to mention Bob Willerton as his right-hand man.

Last but not least, Jim Parkinson is already making great headway on music and lights.

Director John Parker congratulated everyone on a great performance adding that audiences had shown appreciation of the new carpet.

Treasurer Jim reported that the show had made a nett profit in the region of £678.

The meeting decided that pantomime casts should be encouraged to mingle with audiences, greet friends and pose for photographs with children etc. at the end of performances. For plays, however, that role should be undertaken only by front-of-house staff as part of their standard duties.

FoH staff will also be asked, at future performances, to record walk-ins on the seating plan and hand the sheet in together with the takings.

Members decided to keep the newsletter after each meeting and in its current format.

The schedule was agreed but is yet to be ratified. Suggestions discussed include:

1) Abigail’s Party (Mike Leigh)
2) Opposite Sex (David Tristram)
3) Murder is Announced (Agatha Christie)
4) Gaslight (Patrick Hamilton)
5) Walter Ego (Our own Andrew Crossland)
6) Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Oscar Wilde)

It was decided to take the Autumn 2016 production to the Lamproom.

Joe Battye produced some ideas and will come up with a firm plan.

There is a lot of backing for this project and volunteers will be required. Please make your availability known.

November 24th. Venue to be arranged.
Comments etc. to: committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com