This is my first Stage Whispers as Chair, and what an odd time to start. I hope everyone is keeping safe? We know that some members have been ill (not necessarily Covid-19) and are recovering – most recently Bromwyn after a week in hospital.
Sadly, we have also recently lost three former members who will have been known to many of you. Ted Marchal passed away due to Covid-19 in early April. Ted was a former teaching colleague of Walter Butcher’s and often helped on Front of House or stage set-up.
Shortly after that, on Easter Sunday, we lost Ron Minty. Ron had been battling with Parkinson’s disease for some years but always remained so cheerful. He had a career working for the BBC as a lighting specialist - Ron and Mike Wells, another BBC man, were a huge help in developing our lighting and sound capability.
Finally, at about the same time as Ron, Cath Horne died. Cath was well into her 90's but, along with her husband Jim, had been a member of the Players and always came along to watch the productions.
This, of course, follows on from losing dear old Geoffrey Crass in February. So, all in all, rather a tough start to 2020.
Remember when life was normal? Well, just before that all ended we held an open evening for current and potential members on the 4th March in the Galtres Centre. No social distancing here….we had a good turnout after advertising locally and by the end of the evening had 10 new people potentially interested in getting involved in some way with the Players. It was especially good to see some younger people and potential support for the technical and backstage areas.
A big thank you to those who helped make this a success, and good fun too.
A reminder that if you weren’t able to get along to the AGM back in February when annual membership subscriptions were collected, these can still be paid.
They are at the same rate as they have been for some years, £10 standard and £5 for junior members.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or BACS. If paying by cash or cheque please send to Anthony Deery, Treasurer at 6 Mill Mount, Crayke Road, Easingwold, YO61 3PW, together with your contact details.
If you are making a BACs payment please ensure your surname is included in the reference.
Bank account details are:
Account number: 72859628
Sort code: 55-61-37
We would be grateful if you could also send an email to Anthony at email@example.com so that we can update our Membership list.
Your committee is looking at how we can best stay connected during these strange times when it looks unlikely that we’ll all be able to meet up any time soon. One of the things that we’re trying is the Zoom platform – perhaps for an informal play reading, or just a virtual trip to the pub for a social! We’re having a dummy run and will be in touch if it works to set something up soon.
If anyone has any other ideas to keep us all connected and, even better, to keep some drama going, please do get in touch with any of the committee. We’d particularly love to hear from anyone who would like to have a go at organising something – it doesn’t have to be the committee.
We hope to update you on the approach to the main productions for next year in the next edition of Stage Whispers.
As we plan ahead for future productions, we would love to hear from as many members, or potential members, as possible now about areas that you would like to be involved with. This can be anything – acting, lighting, set construction, publicity, producing etc. It may well be something that you have never done before, but we can look at how we can coach and train people. Equally, it may be a particular skill or experience that you have that could be of use.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (before 15th July if you’re able) and your committee can then start planning.
Take care everyone, and hopefully we’ll see more of each other soon,