March winds doth blow – hopefully not! There is a great deal in the wind at HAG though. The Vicar of Dibley is now full steam ahead and we need to keep our high standards going. We have received the fantastic news that Calendar Girls, our last production, has been awarded the 2022 Accolade of Excellence for Drama, by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA). Congratulations to all involved. The award is to be presented to HAG representatives in June 2023. Looking forward to May when we will be entertaining our audiences again in the Victoria Hall.
HAG ROCKS! CHOIR
The Choir are now practising for a regular event; to sing to the lovely people who attend the Forget-me-not Café at St. John’s Church. This will be on Tuesday 28th March and will be a great fun afternoon. Choir Director Lesley says she doesn’t know who enjoys the occasion more, the Choir or the guests. After that they will be focused on rehearsing for the annual HAG Summer Charity event on June 24th when we will be hoping to raise the usual £1,000 or more hopefully, for a local charity which will usually be nominated by a Choir member.
News from NODA: Following many hours of pouring through the programmes & posters and marking according to the provided mark scheme the sub committee is very pleased to announce the following finalists.
The winners and those that are highly commended will be announced at the Celebration Day on Sunday 11th June at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.
Here are the names of the finalists in each of the categories for the Poster & Programme Competition.
Congratulations to Alan and Frank for the Secondary Cause of Death programme design and content, and reaching the finals. Good luck for Sunday 11th June.
Finalists for the Peacock Class Programme (>20 pages)
Benchmark Musical Theatre
Finalists for the Perkins Class Programme (16-20pages)
The Addams Family
Opera South East
Finalists for the Barnes Class Programme (< 16 pages)
FEBRUARY already! We were praying that the license for the Vicar of Dibley would be granted and thankfully it has been. So full steam ahead now. The readthrough will take place in the Jubilee Hall on Tuesday 7th February at 8pm and auditions the following week on Tues/Thurs, 14th and 16th February, same time, same place. This is always an exciting time at the start of a new production. Not only will the actors be agreed, but the whole crew needs to be organised to support the production. If you fancy assisting in anyway, then please contact us (details below) or pop along on 7th Feb and meet some of our members. This month is very busy as there is a post-Valentine party being organised for current members, HAG certainly know how to party!
HAG ROCKS! CHOIR The Choir are already back in full voice. Practising for the next Charity event scheduled for June. At one point we had nearly 80 choir members, quite a feat to get everyone on the stage! Performing isn’t compulsory, but we do try to encourage it – after all, why put all the effort in and not show off what you can do? There is safety in numbers if you are shy.
Hartley Arts Group have received the fantastic news that ‘Calendar Girls’ have been awarded the 2022 Accolade of Excellence for Drama, by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. Congratulations to all in involved in this production. The award is to be presented to Hartley Arts Group representatives on 11th June 2023 at the NODA Celebration Day in Guildford.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2023! Goodness how the years fly by. Our next production The Vicar of Dibley will be in May, but auditions and the start of rehearsals are imminent. So if you would like to be notified of the audition dates, and are not already on our mailing list for Members/Associate Members (Free), please contact the Group directly as soon as possible on our email address below. Enjoy 2023 in whatever way you can and hopefully we will see you being entertained by us or with us on stage/back stage/Front of House. Let 2023 be a busy year.
HAG ROCKS! CHOIR After a very successful Christmas Show the choir will be buoyed up and raring to go! We meet Monday evenings 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Jubilee Hall. A great start to the week and a boost to the spirits. Singing is so good for mental health. January always seems a low energy month after Christmas, so I suspect the Choir cannot wait to sing again. I wonder what the repertoire will be this year. Funny how one song can be a challenge to begin with, but end up being one of our favourites. Rock On 2023! Please contact us if you are interested in joining our fun group in whatever capacity. Stay safe and take care. email@example.com