Wilstead Players’ Newsletter

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the festivities – now it is all over for another year.

Preliminary rehearsals have commenced for our next production - ‘The Railway Children’ and these will be continuing with earnest in the New Year.  The dates for this production have now changed – instead of early March, we will be performing from Thursday, the 28th March to Saturday, 30th March 2019.  Further details will be announced in future Newsletters.

‘War is Over’, our production commemorating and celebrating the centenary of the ending of the First World War, was staged on Friday and Saturday, 2nd and 3rd November.  I promised to give you a fuller report in my next Newsletter.  So, here goes.  It was generally very well received by our families and friends.  There was a mixture of pathos, humour, frivolity and general singalong with those songs we have almost forgotten.  It really was a celebration for the end of the First World War.  We had some new talent and some not so new – they all said they enjoyed their particular involvement and those joining Wilstead Players for the first time paid some lovely comments about The Players.  If there was going to be any criticism, it was that the show was too long – well you know with Wilstead Players, you get value for money!

We changed our carol singing pattern this year and instead of holding a ‘Carols in the Foyer’ event – the foyer of the Village Hall – with mince pies and mulled wine, we visited the Woolpack and the Red Lion and sang carols to the patrons of both pubs.  For the Woolpack it was the prelude to their Christmas Quiz and as we were collecting for Sue Ryder, the winners of the quiz donated their monetary prize to Sue Ryder – a very generous gesture.

In October the production we are hoping to perform is ‘The Lady Vanishes’.  This is based on the very successful and popular Alfred Hitchcock film, so if you are interested in this play, look out for further details in future Newsletters.  Or, if you wish you can contact me for any preliminary details.

Don’t forget we are always looking for new people to take part in our plays.  But the show would not go on if it wasn’t for those people working behind the scenes and front of house.  If you don’t wish to ‘tread the boards’, so to speak, there will always be a niche for you somewhere.

So, all it remains for me to do is to wish all our Members, Patrons and Friends of Wilstead Players a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

Colin West

Chairman/Secretary – Wilstead Players

01234 743752


December 2018