Cranbrook Operatic and Dramatic Society
Newsletter April 2002
The Annual General Meeting took place on 27th March when proceedings were somewhat subdued following the sad news about Nick Clarke.
The following were elected as Officers and Committee for the coming year:
President: Doreen Beardsmore
Chairman: Lesley Whitwood
Vice Chairman: Sue Wightman
Secretary: Dennis Russell
Treasurer: Alison Parsons
Show Selection Chairman: Robin Harrison
Business Manager: Maurice Wilkins
Social Secretary: Marian Cumberland
The Current Director of a show would be co-opted.
Thanks to Gerald Mann and Barbara Gray who decided not to stand for committee again this year.
Contributions for the next newsletter to the editor Tina Gallagher by 1 June 2002 (01580 211989), 3 Beech Drive Bedgebury Park, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A thrilling play by Charlotte Hastings
11-13 April -7.30pm
Queens Hall Theatre
Directed by Peggy Latter
Sponsored by Peter Jones & ABC Consultants
HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TICKETS YET?
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR SOCIETY!
Some Enchanted Evening
This proved to be a most successful charity concert and although not all the bills have yet been received it is hoped that we will be able to donate a sum in the region of £800 to Demelza House, the Children’s Hospice. It may prove possible to present a cheque to their representative during the interval of one performance of Bonaventure.
Dennis Russell, the Director, agreed to take up the challenge very late in the year and had only five weeks from first rehearsal to first performance and he wishes to use this Newsletter to thank the cast for a near 100% attendance record at rehearsals and for the concentration displayed to enable the curtain to go up on schedule.
Priscilla Titford (NODA representative) attended a performance and her crit for the NODA magazine follows:
“I was delighted to accept the invitation to attend this charity concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs and wondered if there would be any I didn’t know… and there were! Some Enchanted Evening is a ‘ready made’ compilation which I understand is written for 5 principals, whereas CODS adapted it to include a chorus and to share a number of songs around the company.
With about 50 songs from at least 7 shows, I can’t possibly mention everyone who took part. The 5 ‘Principals’ were Robin Harrison, Keith Hedley, Rhiannon Johnson, Alison Withey -Harrison and Sue Wightman. The opening sequence must have been particularly difficult to learn, with snippets of so many familiar tunes strung together; it was tackled with confidence. Early on we had an opportunity to hear the first unknown song ‘The Gentleman is a Dope’, very effectively sung by Alison. The Company then joined in with ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and Rhiannon sang ‘ A Wonderful Guy’ making the most of her lyric soprano voice. Then we saw some new faces with Lesley Whitwood singing ‘Something Wonderful’, a lovely comedy interpretation of ‘I Can’s Say No’by Joan Eade, ‘I Enjoy being a Girl’ performed by Stephanie Beeken and Jo Levett and a lovely unfamiliar song ‘In My Own Little Corner’ beautifully sung by Isla Campbell.
Act 2 saw the ‘Don’t Marry Me’ sequence particularly well portrayed by Sue and Keith. Roger Marchant and Alan Hodge made ‘A Puzzlement’ a very effective duet, Laura Carey gave us a sweet ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ and Mark Whitwood sang ‘Younger than Springtime’ extremely well. Robin Harrison had a huge amount o do but the highlight for me was the Soliloquy from Carousel; not only was it sung with consummate ease – out of character and costume- but jumping through many cuts from the original must have been very testing. The final arrangement of ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ was very effective and worked brilliantly with the company giving their all!
Stephen Pusey as MD and pianist, very ably assisted by Bethan Jones, certainly worked tirelessly throughout the evening. The prescribed arrangements did not exactly support the singers on a number of occasions. And I wondered if input from some drums might have helped give many items a bit more ‘umph’?
I did feel a little more co-ordination of ‘costumes – even for a concert – would have benefitted the overall effect. It would have been nice to know where some of the less well-known songs originated, perhaps by the occasional introduction?
CODS have a number of very good singers who obviously enjoyed themselves giving us such an entertaining evening. What was particularly encouraging was the number of young voices who, with a little coaching have great potential. Nurture the next generation CODS!”
We welcome the following to the Society:
Patron: Mr Robin Inches; Member: Mrs Sally Gook; Junior Members: Miss Annell Jackson, Miss Katy Kember and wish them many happy years with the Society.
Many congratulations to Mr and Mrs Wightman (Sue’s parents) on their Golden Wedding anniversary in February (apologies for omitting these greetings from the last newsletter – ed.)
We were sad to hear of the death of Betty Swann who was a patron for many years and was a faithful supporter of all our shows until ill health prevented her from coming. We send our condolences to Brian and all the family.
Congratulations to our own Quiz Team who finished 9th out of 50 in the Mayor’s quiz evening in Tunbridge Wells.
We would like to record our thanks to Ian Wookey for the donation of a long, strong work bench complete with vice which has been installed at Flishinghurst.
If you have ever dreamt of performing on a West End Stage, then the Creative Masterclass Company can offer you the ultimate, unforgettable experience. There are Masterclass courses available for Cats and Les Miserables. They are three and a half day non residential courses and the cost is £264.37 for Cats or £252.62 for Les Miserables. Interested?? Dennis Russell has application forms please contact him on 01580 712283.
OTHER SOCIETIES PRODUCTIONS IN THE NEAR FUTURE
OLIVER - Rye Players Tel. 01797 222453
SHOWCASE –Yew Tree Theatre School Te. 01622 873358
LOVE BEGINS AT FIFTY -Frant Panto & Dramatic Soc. Tel. 01892 515253
GUYS & DOLLS TWAODS – Assembly Halls - Tunbridge Wells- (Robin Harrison is playing Sky- please support him!)
STEEL MAGNOLIAS –TODS – Tenterden Town Hall - tickets from Travelux (Tina Gallagher is playing Clairee – please support her!)
27 April – 4 May
THE DRESSER - Tonbridge Oast – Tel. 01892 723459
MR DICKENS IS COMING! – The great great grandson of Charles Dickens takes an entertaining and sometimes irreverent look at his life and times. – Goudhurst Village Hall - Tickets £10 – Including Supper – Tel. 01580 212179 or 211295.
9 – 11 May
MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM – Staplecross A T Soc. – Tel 01580 830562
16 – 18 May
‘FARNDALE MURDER MYSTERY’ – Ashford Dream Dragons – Tel. 01233 629921
18 – 25 May
RELATIVELY SPEAKING – Tonbridge Oast – Tel. 01892 723459
22 – 25 May
ME AND MY GIRL - Kentainers – Tel. 01435 873650
THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION)- Wadhurst Drama Club – Tel: 01892 782057 – Directed by none other than our own Bill Marshall
31 May and 1 June
TWO AND TWO MAKE SIX ( a farce)- Stonegate A D C – the first production of this newly formed club!
CELEBRATION REVUE - Egerton Players – Tel. 01233 840607
CONCERT BY INVICTA SINGERS – Teston Church – Tel. 01233 633157
27 –29 June
‘FARNDALE’ CHRISTMAS CAROL – Horsmonden Players – Tel. 01892 722626
LONDON ASSURANCE - Tonbridge Oast – Tel. 01892 723459
20 – 27 July
DEAD GUILTY – Tonbridge Oast – Tel. 01892 723459
NICKY’S FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT TUNBRIDGE WELLS CREMATORIUM ON WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL AT 11 AM.
C.O.D.S AUTUMN PRODUCTION
30th October – 2nd November 2002
Assistant Director – Peggy Latter
Musical Director – Bryan Gipps
Choreographer – Rachel Elliott
A show for the WHOLE FAMILY and we need the WHOLE FAMILY
We are looking for singers, dancers and actors from BABIES to GRANDPARENTS to create real families on stage!
Sing Through Monday 20 May at Queens Hall 7.30 pm
Help Night Thursday 23 May at Angley
AUDITIONS SUNDAY 26 MAY AT ANGLEY
For further information please contact:
Sue (01580) 715483
Or Peggy (01622) 871636
Marian has organised a trip to see this acclaimed show in the West End on Saturday 11th May leaving Cranbrook at 5pm SHARP.
Cost for ticket and transport £34 – contact Marian (715580).
The Kent Drama Association (KDA)
This has been re-formed and a completely new committee voted into office. The CODS committee has agreed that we should become members of the new Association.
The KDA wish to organise 2 workshops before the end of July in areas of Kent suitable to the take up.
1. The first is on PUBLICITY
2. The second is on PRODUCTION OR ACTING OR VOICE & SPEECH
Each will be conducted by qualified professionals in their particular skills.
CODS MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN EITHER WORKSHOP SHOULD CONTACT DENNIS (712283) PROMPTLY
The new KDA will be re-starting the full length play festival in 2003 under a new format: