Next Production, Auditions Invitation

It’s 1939, and storm clouds are gathering over Europe. Having inherited Bagshot House, Colonel Charles Craddock has converted the property into a hotel for the discerning visitor. Soon Inspector Pratt arrives once again at Bagshot House, bearing grim news for the Colonel. But that’s just the beginning – Who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army captain? And where does the flamboyant thespian Cardew Longfellow fit into the picture? When Joan Maple’s sister Cynthia arrives to stage a murder mystery evening, it’s not long before Pratt’s visit turns into a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher than ever!

Cast of Characters **Spoilers ahead**

Lady Isadora Pollock – Elegant women in her 40’s
Count Puchlik of Puszpzykowo – A polish Gentleman who acts as he thinks an upper-class gentleman should.  Has a very pronounced Eastern European accent and holds a dark secret
Colonel Charles Craddock – Retired army office in his 60’s always dresses in tweed and has a confident but blustering manner
Cardew Longfellow (played by the same actor as Colonel Craddock) – with a booming and haughty theatrical voice very luvvie.
Captain Henrietta Woolmer-Cardington – a young army captain obviously from a family of breeding but she is rather school girlish and is endearingly stupid or is it just a smoke screen?
Cynthia Maple – A middle aged woman and amateur sleuth & busy body with an overbearing, brusque and caustic manner
Martha Armstrong – House Keeper, maid and general dogsbody of Bagshot House with a working class accent as work ethic
Lilly Tuthill – The cook of Bagshot House who maybe hiding something with a Strong regional accent
Inspector Pratt – Inept, clumsy a walking disaster area of a policeman
Nurse Ann Parsley – Young, petit and pretty and tends to all the Colonel needs

Production dates:    FEB  11TH & 12TH  & 17TH, 18TH 19TH 2022

October News Update

October – where did the summer go?  Why not revisit summer and come and see our production Hi-de-Hi!  A fun filled evening at Maplin’s Holiday Camp. Show dates October 8,9 and 14,15,16th.  It will be socially distanced theatre; spaced seating with reduced numbers, a new experience for all of us.  We are hoping it is a sell- out!  If you have booked, thank you, we look forward to entertaining you!  If you didn’t book and have missed out, so sorry, please watch out for our Christmas Show and our 2022 production in February.

September brought about the resumption of choir and back to singing again.  Now it is all systems go for rehearsing songs ready for our Christmas Show.  The festive season is approaching fast.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining our fun group in whatever capacity.  Stay safe and take care.
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September News Update

September and we are fast losing the light in the evenings.  However, that is not stopping our cast rehearsing for Hi-de-Hi!  Show dates October 8,9 and 14,15,16th.  It will be socially distanced theatre; spaced seating with reduced numbers, so please book early.  Have you bought your tickets yet, either online, by email or via our mobile number? Details below.  We look forward to entertaining you!

Sadly our Charity and Remembrance Evening for our dear friend Lesley Parish scheduled for 23rd July could not take place.  With rising Covid cases in the area and many of our Choir members being vulnerable, we decided to postpone until we can have the successful evening we had planned and to be able to raise as much money as possible for her charities.  Choir will be starting again on 6th of this month. Yay!

August News Up Date

August is here – goodness isn’t this year going quickly! I hope you are making the most of the sunny days and the gardens being thankful for the wet days.  Well rehearsals are well underway for our Hi-de-Hi production in October and a great deal of fun is being had rehearsing. Due to my intermittent absence this year, and therefore not been able to audition, I have been given the task of making Spike two fancy dress costumes.  The baby costume is easy – my challenge will be a light weight dustbin costume.  I don’t suppose you have one hidden in your cupboard? Ha!  Due to being a HAG Member my cupboard/loft is full of weird and wonderful things.  My husband is desperate to declutter – I have had to ban him from doing any decluttering without me!

As I am writing this a month in advance – Our Charity and Remembrance Evening for our dear friend Lesley Parish to be held on 23rd July may or may not have taken place. We were not allowed to gather for singing rehearsals and all was put on hold waiting for July 19th update.  Do you sense the collective holding of breath from the Choir?  I shall update you on this next month.

July News Up Date

July and hopefully summer has arrived.  For those of you staycationing keep an eye open for our Hi-de-Hi holiday camp opening in October. At least you won’t need to quarantine after your visit to the Victoria Hall (or at least we hope not)!  If you would like to join the crew for this show please contact us – you maybe a dab hand at painting scenery or clever with a sewing machine we can always use your skills.

Sadly our small group rehearsals had to be postponed as the rule of 6 was still in force for singing, so our Charity and Remembrance Evening for our dear friend Lesley Parish to be held on 23rd July may be in jeopardy (my crystal ball can’t see a month in advance).  A classic case of who knows?   Members of the Choir should have received all information.  Keep singing, keep smiling! We’ll meet again, don’t know where (hopefully at the Jubilee Hall) don’t know when (when Boris says we can), but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day! Bet you have an ‘ear-worm’ now Ha! Ha!

REMINDER: AGM Tuesday 22nd June 8pm. Jubilee Hall

The 2021 Director’s Report, Accounts, Agenda and 2020 Minutes for the Annual General Meeting are available by clicking on the links at the bottom of this message.

We were hoping to have all restrictions lifted by then, but instead we will need to conduct the meeting under the current restrictions. We are able to have 24 people in the Jubilee Hall, and we will also be Zooming the meeting. Hand sanitiser will be available. You will be able to check in to the NHS Track and Trace system or you can give us your contact details. We are asking everyone to wear face masks unless they are speaking, and we will keep doors open to maintain air flow.

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2020 AGM Minutes
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