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New youth drama group for Sprowston

Sprowston Parish Players are celebrating the silver jubilee of their first production with a host of events and they’re inviting residents to join the fun.

The amateur theatrical group was set up by parishioners of St Cuthbert’s Church, Wroxham Road, to entertain the people of Sprowston and to raise money for local charities.

Their first show, in 1993, was The Wind in the Willows.

Since then the players have performed nearly 100 pantomimes, plays and concerts at St Cuthbert’s, and donated many thousands of pounds to good causes throughout Norfolk. Most recently, £500 was given to Guide Dogs for the Blind from the proceeds of the players’ 2018 pantomime, The Princess and the Pea.

Planned celebrations for the players’ 25 anniversary year will see:

  • Old Time Music Hall. A classic evening of scatty sketches and saucy songs to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, devised and directed by founder member Sheila Tuffield. Performances are at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday July 14. Tickets are £6 (children £3), which includes interval refreshments, available from Toni Morina on 01603 484 554. Audience members are encouraged to dress in Victorian/Edwardian costume for the evening and founder members of Sprowston Parish Players are invited free of charge.
  • On Saturday July 21, from 3pm-5pm, the players are throwing a silver anniversary tea party at St Cuthbert’s Church. All past and current members are welcome and the players would especially love to see anyone who has lost touch with the group. For more details ring Toni Morina 01603 484554.
  • Sprowston Parish Players’ Youth Theatre. In September the players are launching a new group for young people aged seven to 18. Led by Carol Rowell and Becky Harris-Cook, the youth theatre will offer youngsters tuition in drama, music and dance, as well as the chance to perform in players’ productions. Classes are free (subject to a £5 subscription) and will take place every Thursday from September 13, 6.30pm to 7.15pm. For more information, email sppyouth2018@gmail.com
  • Panto 2019: Cinderella. Next year the players present panto classic Cinderella, written by member Paul Allum, who has returned to the group after six years. The show will be a traditional potty panto, with slapstick, silliness, awful jokes, pratfalls, shouting, boos and hisses, calamity and kisses … and a dollop of sauce!

Casting will take place with two workshop auditions at St Cuthbert’s on Thursday August 30 and September 6, from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Paul said: “We are always on the look-out for new, enthusiastic members to join our merry and friendly band of thesps.”

Rehearsals are every Thursday evening, leading up to the performances on Friday January 25, (7.30pm), Saturday January 26 (2.30pm and 7.30pm) and Sunday January 27 2019 (2.30pm).

Paul added: “Are you an actor, singer, dancer? Or maybe you’re all three?  If you’re more at home away from the boards, we’d still love to hear from you – our shows take a great amount of work to put on and helpers are always welcomed and cherished.

“Be you a set builder/painter, technician, stage crew member, wardrobe person, make-up artist, or just want to join our front of house team, do let us know.”

Contact chair Toni on 01603 484554, or Paul directly on paulallum81@gmail.com

Scene and characters from the players’ last panto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catch Sprowston’s panto on Jan 26, 27 and 28

Sprowston Parish Players are about to celebrate their silver anniversary with a traditional panto, The Princess and the Pea.

It was 25 years ago when a group of the congregation at St Cuthbert’s Church formed an all-age drama group for the Sprowston community.

The group’s first production, at the end of January in 1993, was The Wind in the Willows.

For their latest production, the players have given new scriptwriters the opportunity to see their words acted out on stage and the Princess and the Pea has been written by Sally-Anne Clarke who, as a child, played the caterpillar in the players’ 1995 production of Alice in Wonderland.

Through the years the players have also put on a variety of different entertainments, including plays and music hall, and now present regular summer and Christmas concerts too.

When they first launched, the players had to build a stage out of large wooden blocks for each production. It was all hands on deck, often on opening night. Luckily there were always members to provide hot drinks and biscuits. In recent years they have benefited from an all-purpose platform (stage).

A spokesman said: “Having limited staging, even today, we have had to devise ingenious ways to design scenery and properties, and find ways to get them on and off the sets. Stage lighting has been installed in the church negating the need to hire and spend hours fixing them into position ready for use.”

The players are affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, which supports over 2,500 amateur theatre groups throughout the UK.

With incredible support from the community, they have raised cash for charities with a local connection, and the church. This year’s nominated charity is Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Anyone interested in joining the players should contact Toni Morina (01603 484554)

Children from seven years are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult until the age of 12.

The Princess and the Pea can be seen in St Cuthbert’s Church, Wroxham Road, at 7.30pm on Friday January 26, at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday January 27, and at 3pm on Sunday January 28. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2.50 for children. They are available from Sheila (01603 419896 or sheila.tuffield@btinternet.com), Toni (01603

484554), Chris on (01603 470500) or on the door.