Goodness me June already! We had a fabulous production of the Vicar of Dibley last month, but sadly some of our followers didn’t manage to get tickets as we sold out most nights very quickly! Our next production is in October; Dracula. If you would like to be notified when tickets go on sale, please email us and we will put you on our mailing list. Read through is 1st June, auditions on Tuesday 6th June and Thursday 8th June, in the Jubilee Hall at 8pm. HAG will also be at their stall on the Green for the Hartley Wintney Festival on 10th June. This is a busy month as we have our HAG AGM on Tuesday 13th June, please come along to the Jubilee Hall at 8pm and meet the Group and have a glass of wine, or two. New members welcome.
HAG ROCKS! CHOIR
Summer light evenings are upon us and with everyone in good spirits our singing seems much lighter too. You may have seen a few of our Choir singing in the Vicar of Dibley production. Now working hard towards our Summer Charity Concert on Saturday 24th June in the Victoria Hall. Full details on our website and tickets will be on sale soon.
HAG Membership Fees still only £35, if you haven’t yet renewed please make sure you do before the AGM as you cannot vote if not a fully paid up member. Your subscriptions are very important to the Group. More info on our website. Thank you.
April is here and The Vicar of Dibleyrehearsals are going extremely well. We have some new actors joining our Group and some familiar faces too. Props and costumes and the set creation crews are all beavering away. So much is involved behind the scenes and we endeavour to be as professional as possible in every aspect. Tickets are on sale now, no no no …..YES! So if you haven’t already booked please do so as soon as possible. Our previous award winning production was a sell-out; we would hate you to be disappointed and miss out! Show dates are: 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27th May. Booking details below.
HAG ROCKS! CHOIR
A wonderful time at the Forget-me-not Café at St. John’s Church in March was enjoyed by both the attendees and the Choir. The focus is now on rehearsing for the annual HAG Summer Charity event on June 24th. Decisions will have to be made by our wonderful choir directors, to what songs to include as the Choir’s repertoire is now extensive, but I suspect a few old favourites will be on the list too. Singing is good for the soul and as choir members will tell you the Monday night session kick starts the week perfectly.
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.