Cranbrook Operatic and Dramatic Society

Newsletter February 2002

 

 

From The President

 

MARY DAY

Mary died recently in a Nursing Home in Tunbridge Wells aged 97.  There are few CODS members today who remember her, but in the 50’s and 60’s everyone in Cranbrook knew Mary.  She worked as Housing Manager for Cranbrook Rural District Council.  She was so well respected that on her retirement a housing development in Goudhurst was named after her (you may notice the sign by the roadside on the left as you drive down Clay Hill).

 

She and her sister Frances Drafaer were staunch and active members of CODS for many years both on stage and behind the scenes.  Mary served on the committee for many years becoming Secretary and later Chairman.

 

On the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the CODS in 1995, Jack Parsons, then President, honoured Mary and Len England for their hard work in ensuring the successful revival of the Society after the 1939-45 war.

 

The success of the CODS today owes a great deal to such dedicated people as Mary Day – may she long be remembered.

Doreen Beardsmore

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman’s Letter

The new year is bringing a burst of activity – Some Enchanted Evening and Bonaventure.  Both are moving forward most satisfactorily and we look forward to seeing you all there.

 

We have been invited to provide three short periods of entertainment at Batemans in Burwash on May 19th.  This will be Edwardian to act as the climax of their celebration weekend.  Is anyone interested in joining this group?  If so please let me know.

 

Happy New Year!

Lesley Whitwood


 

 

February Concert 2002

To commemorate the centenary of the birth of Richard RoDgers

“Some Enchanted evening”

A review

Concept by Jeffrey B Moss

Agents: Josef Weinberger Ltd

DIRECTED BY DENNIS RUSSELL

MUSICAL DIRECTOR – STEVE PUSEY

CHOREOGRAPHER- VALERIE McDONALD

                      FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15th & 16th 2002

 

Proceeds from this concert will be donated to DEMELZA HOUSE Children’s Hospice.  Book your diaries now and enroll as many family, friends, schoolmates, workmates ets. etc. etc for  tickets which are now on sale from BANGHAMS RECORD SHOP.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO FULL HOUSES AND TRUST THAT ALL MEMBERS AND PATRONS WILL SUPPORT THEIR SOCIETY BY SELLING THE SHOW TO THE PUBLIC TO ENSURE A BUMPER DONATION TO DEMELZA HOUSE.

 

The after show dinner for ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ will be on Sunday 24th February at The Chequers Tree in Goudhurst.  It will be £10 (I think – Ed!) for a 2 course meal with coffee. To book contact Marian on 01580 715580 but hurry there are only a limited number of places!!

 

 

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SPRING PRODUCTION 2002

 

BONAVENTURE

A Play

BY CHARLOTTE HASTINGS

DIRECTED BY PEGGY LATTER

11– 13 APRIL 2002

 

Rehearsals are going well and Peggy and the cast we hope that you will all support them by booking your tickets on the pre-booking form below.  In the last newsletter the person playing the role of Miss Pierce was to be confirmed, we are pleased to announce that this part will be played by Val King.

 

KISS ME KATE

Thanks to Marian for organising the trip to see Kiss Me Kate, it was an excellent show and enjoyed by all those who went (I think!).

 




OTHER SOCIETIES PRODUCTIONS IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Please support drama and music in your area


 



6-9 February

SUSSEX MUSIC HALL- Wadhurst Drama Club – Tel. 01892 782057

 

7th February

THE BEST OF BROADWAY  - Queens Hall, Cranbrook  Tel: 01580 712163

 

16-23 February

THEY CAME TO A CITY  by J B Priestley – The Oast Theatre, Tonbridge Tel: 01892 723459

 

20-23 February

WEST SIDE STORY  - The Complete Theatre Company – Assembly Halls Tunbridge Wells

 

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE –Chandeliers – Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone Tel. 01622 718455

 

13-16 March

BUGSY MALONE – LAMPS-  Royal Victoria Theatre – Southborough Tel 01892 833821

 

SWEET CHARITY- Sevenoaks Players – Stag Theatre – Sevenoaks Tel: 01732 450175 (Box Office)

 

18-23 March

OLIVER!  MAODS – Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone Tel: 01622 758611 (Box Office)

 

23-27 April

GUYS & DOLLS TWAODS – Assembly Halls   - Tunbridge Wells- (look out for a familiar person playing Sky!)

 

25-27 April

STEEL MAGNOLIAS –TODS – Tenterden Town Hall  - tickets from Travelux (look out for another familiar face!)

 

23-25th May

THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION)- Wadhurst Drama Club – Tel: 01892 782057 – Directed by none other than our own Bill Marshall!

 

FUN  AT  FLISHINGHURST

2 dates for your diaries

 

Saturday 23 February – 9.30am

A SCRUBBERS BARBECUE TO GET THE SCENERY PREPARED FOR BONAVENTURE

Everybody welcome – bring wellies!

 

Saturday 11th May 9.30 am

BARBECUE TO SORT OUT THE WARDROBE AND PROPS HUT

Everybody welcome!

Many hands make light (and enjoyable) work

 

CODS Sweatshirts

No doubt you have seen many members looking very dashing in their new CODS sweatshirts and I bet you wish you had one too – well you can!!  Nicola Wookey is going to order some more, they will probably be red, blue or black and will come in sizes from small to extra, extra large!  They will cost in the region of £12.  Contact Nicola, if you would like one, by the end of March on 01580 713706.

DON’T FORGET!

Subscriptions WERE due on 1st January 2002

Members £12, Patrons £15, Juniors £2

If you have not yet done so please send the form below to Janet Beeken, Vestry Cottage, Cranbrook, to renew your membership

IF YOU HAVE A STANDING ORDER PLEASE UPDATE IT TO THE CORRECT AMOUNT

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CODS SUBSCRIPTIONS 2002

 

Please find enclosed £….. for my/our subscription as Patron/Member/Junior *for 2002 - * delete as neccesary

Name……………………………………………………

Address…………………………………………………………………

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Tel No………………………

 

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Pre Booking for Bonaventure

Please send the form below and a cheque payable to CODS together with a SAE to:

Gillian Constable 10  Surrenden Road, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0LX (Tel. 01580 890068) before 15th March 2002  (After this tickets from  Philips Man’ Shop)

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Please send me tickets for Bonaventure I enclose a cheque for £…. and an SAE

11,12 and 13th April 2002 7.30pm -Queens Hall Theatre

Tickets Required:(@£5ea):

Thursday 11th, Friday 12h ......Saturday 13th .........

Preferred Seating: Back.........   Middle......... Front.........of theatre

Middle or side of row……..Wheelchair access required.............

Name and Address.........................................................………………………………………….

........................................................................................Tel No…………………………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions for the next newsletter to the editor Tina Gallagher by 1 April 2002 (01580 211989), 3 Beech Drive Bedgebury Park, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ; e-mail tina.gallagher@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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