Legendary stories armed with well known characters will have you needing to prepare yourself for a massive 2021 at the Elmwood Auditorium! We kick off in January with the Kidz Theatre adaptation of the beloved Snow White & Rose Red, in April the infamous Christchurch Parker-Hulme murder takes the stage in Daughters Of Heaven, followed by the story of 1980s kiwi television legends Hudson & Halls Live in June. In August, Array ‘21 offers a cabaret assortment of bite-sized theatre and music, finishing with the stage adaptation of the much loved 1976 musical film, Bugsy Malone in October. Phew! Time to get the diary out!
Andy Simmonds, Braydon Priest, Barry Grant, Matt McKenna.
An apology was noted for Steve Millar.
Our elected committee for 2019 was Sam Primrose, Braydon Priest, Libby Wilson, Andrea Quinlan, Andy Simmonds, Phil Dean, Matt McKenna, Susan Cameron and I. Susan was re-elected Treasurer, Matt McKenna secretary and I was once again elected President. Andrea Quinlan picked up the membership portfolio and Andy Simmonds continued as our technical expert. Hilary Muir continued as our Patron. Susan Cameron was made a Life Member.
During the course of the year, Phil Dean, Andy Simmonds and Sam Primrose resigned from the committee. Joining the committee later in the year were Sally Wilson Sammie Murray, and Jon Amesbury and we welcomed back Sarah Coursey.
2019 was another excellent year for Elmwood Players, capitalising on the momentum from the previous year. Once again, we staged 3 full length adult productions and a season of one act plays under the new Array banner, plus a children’s production under our Kidz Theatre banner.
Our first presentation for 2019 was in January with the Kidz Theatre Production of Rapunzel. This was a well received and well attended production, directed by Steve Millar. Locally written, there were no performance rights to be paid for this play – a fee that in previous years has been a crippling factor. I believe our Kidz Theatre productions are an important part of Elmwood Players’ schedule, and encourage that they continue.
Our first adult production for last year was the extremely well received Calendar Girls, directed by Susan Cameron. This was a very well attended production, with a number of sold out performances, with an average attendance of 83 people per performance.
Last year we brought forward from August to June our season of short plays, so that it did not clash with a number of other one-act plays being staged at that time of the year. We also branded the season as Array, in this case, Array ’19. As per the previous year, this was staged in a cabaret styled format. The four plays staged were Hardstuff, Abandon Hope, Kevin – the other reindeer and the monologue You. The three nights were well attended, and well received.
August arrived, and with it the Libby Wilson directed comedy, Is The Real You Really You? A well attended season resulted, and it was pleasing to see a number of new faces on stage at Elmwood.
Our final adult production for the year was Be My Baby in October, which I was fortunate enough to direct. This was a well received and – by Elmwood standards – a well-attended production, with an average of 38 patrons per show.
Front of House:
We continued to have a liquor licence for our adult productions last year, and will do so again this year. We also made a big effort to improve the FoH experience with table and chair seating, poster displays and food and drink selection. We also purchased a number of second hand chairs at a reasonable price to replace those previously used in the foyer.
Once again, our challenge for the year was marketing and sponsorship, with minimal success. This needs to be addressed by the in-coming committee.
The last year has been another successful one for Elmwood Players and I’d like thank the current committee for their continued support, and obviously, my thanks go to all who supported Elmwood Players over the past 12 months, both on and off stage
We're thrilled to announce our cast for this 2019 Kidz Theatre production!
Johnny Appleseed - Shanice Adair
Barkley - Scott Morrow
Filinder - Rachael Chamberlain
Charlie Tucker - Genna Kate Ryan
Mayor Tucker - Steve Millar
Queen Desdemona - Libby Wilson
The Chancellor - Graeme Randle
Time Spirit - Braydon Priest
Johnny Appleseed – the boy who saved the world. Join us this January when we meet up with young Johnny Appleseed and his talking, Elvis-impersonating dog Barkley as they take on the evil Queen Desdemona, who is intent on destroying the forests to fund her new venture – making plastic.
Elmwood's AGM was held on Sunday 24th February 2019. The following were elected to the Elmwood Players organising committee:
President: Garry Thomas
Treasurer: Susan Cameron
Secretary: Matt McKenna
Committee: Andy Simmonds (Technical), Andrea Quinlan (Membership), Libby Wilson, Sam Primrose (Webpage), Braydon Priest (Front of House), Phil Dean
SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY
MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS AGM
MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES
FINANCIAL REPORT (Cameron)
PRESIDENTS REPORT (Thomas)
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
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