Wilstead Players’ Newsletter

The Lady has Vanished now for one last time!  The production performed over two evenings in October was virtually a sell-out.  We had a lot of talented actors on stage who were new to Wilstead audiences - with a large cast of fourteen playing a total of seventeen characters in the play.  With the set, lighting and sound effects, we had an ambitious, challenging and complex set and it was very good fun to perform.

We had lots of extremely nice comments from people who had never been to a Player’s production before who had seen advertisements in local media coverage, that had been missing for some time.  If you were in the audience or helped in any way behind the scenes or front of house, we thank you.

The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted our new stage extension. These platforms have been purchased by the Players using our own funds, together with grants from Borough Councillor Graeme Coombes' Ward Fund and the Parish Council. Our sincere thanks go to them. These new stage extensions are much lighter and safer than our previous wooden ones which were very cumbersome, difficult to erect and dismantle and beginning to become unstable. Arrangements could be made if other groups wanted to avail themselves of their use.

We are now planning our productions for 2020 and are looking towards a joint production with our Young Players in the spring.  This will be ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to be performed in Wilstead Village Hall on Friday and Saturday, the 20th and 21st March with a Matinee on the Saturday afternoon.

Open auditions are to be held on Wednesday, 13th November between 6.00 and 7.30 pm and Sunday, 17th November between 4.30 and 6.00 pm.  Please see the notice below for more details.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Minards and Pete Tanswell continue to run their Drama Workshops for Young Players at Lakeview Village Hall, Wixams, on Thursday evenings.  If you are interested, please telephone 07886 695 151 (Charlotte) or 01234 740782 (Pete) for more details.

Just to remind you that our Friends at Stewartby will be performing ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ from the 19th to the 23rd November 2019 in Stewartby Village Hall.  Tickets are £13.00 (children under sixteen years - £6.50) and can be obtained from the Box Office, telephone 07557 670 703; by email boxoffice@saods.org.uk or online www.saods.org.uk

And finally, the Players have agreed to support the Wilstead Pre-School and will be singing carols at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, the 7th December.  If you feel you would like to exercise your lungs and sing a few carols this Christmas, please come along to Wilstead Village Hall at 11.45 am ready to sing about 12.00 noon.

Colin West

Chairman/Secretary – Wilstead Players

01234 743752


3rd November 2019