by Merlin Beedell
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‘Allo ‘Allo! has been cast!

After two brilliant auditions we have finalized a stellar cast for Allo Allo, as follows…

René Artois Nick Jeal
Colonel Kurt von Strohm James Edwards
Captain Alberto Bertorelli Rachel Montague-Ebbs
Herr Otto Flick Tom Court
Lieutenant Hubert Gruber Merlin Beedell
General Ludvig von Schmelling Peter Reeves
Officer Crabtree Michael Reeves
Roger Leclerck Tony Bailey
Edith Artois Jan Lynam
Yvette Carte-Blanche Xan Kite
Mimi Labonq Amanda Dann
Michelle Dubois Rose Andrew
Private Helga Geerhart Holly Sturman
Peasants Laraine Rook
Diane Wale
Jill Haskell
Catherine Whitehead
Airmen Jean Hickie
Julia Hunter
Voice Catherine Whitehead

The show will be performed on the 20th – 27th May 2017.

by Merlin Beedell
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‘Allo ‘Allo Auditions – Saturday 13 January & Monday 22 January

Following our November read through of ‘Allo ‘Allo, we knew it would be a winner and under the directorship of Russ Kirton there will be open auditions in January.  Please come along to the Commemoration Hall to be part of this hugely funny stage play based on the television sit com.
We are looking for 10 men and 5 women of mixed ages and with bad accents. Click here to see the full set of roles & dates & details!
 Whether you want to be part of the French Resistance, the Gestapo, an English airman or merely a peasant (!!), we’ll be delighted to see you.  Equally, if you’d like to help construct the set, help with costumes or conjure up sound effects, or do anything backstage, we need you!!
Come along on Saturday 13th January 2-5pm (main auditions) or on Monday 22nd January 7.30-10pm (for those who can’t make the Saturday).  For more information, ring the Director Russ Kirton on 07824 306331.

by Merlin Beedell
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New Year Social & Fun Quiz

Friday 19 January in The Greyhound at 7.30pm.
Join us to banish the winter blues and welcome in the New Year with our get-together at The Greyhound.  There’ll be a chance to catch-up on all the latest news and then pitch your wits at a vaguely theatrically themed quiz – with a prize of course – over a drink and some nibbles.
Bring your friends and family to join the fun.       Everyone welcome.

by Merlin Beedell
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AGM 2017 – The results

At the end of November we had a good ol’ catch up and not only reviewed 2017 but looked forward to 2018 and beyond. We celebrated our two Accolades of Excellence awarded by NODA South East Region for WYTKidz’ Grease and WDC’s Way Out West In A Dress. John Bush, our president, presented the NODA certificates to the respective directors, Amanda Dann and Kay Sasada. They will hang on our new picture rail in the Orchard Room.
The elected committee are John Bush (President), Jan Lynam (Chair), Marianne Johnson (Treasurer), Catherine Whitehead (Vice Chair), Jill Haskell (Minutes Secretary), Dot Smytherman, Amanda Dann, Anneka Bones, Merlin Beedell, Russ Kirton, James Edwards, Paul Desrosiers and Penny Bones.

by Merlin Beedell
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Annual Review and AGM – 27th Nov

Annual Review/ AGM

Join us in the Commemoration Hall on Monday 27th November at 7.45pm
You are welcome at our annual catch up with drinks and nibbles where we review the last year and look forward to the next.
It’s a chance to offer your opinions and ideas – as well as meet up with everyone else.
If you’d like to join the committee, this is your opportunity to come on board.

by Merlin Beedell
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‘Allo ‘Allo readthrough – Friday 17th November

A sociable read-through on Friday 17th November at The Greyhound.

Join us for a relaxed read-through of ‘Allo ‘Allo with view to a production of this hilarious BBC1 sitcom in 2018.

In WW2 France, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another’s true identity or presence, exasperating Rene – and creating huge potential for laughter!

We will be in the Upper Room at The Greyhound in Wadhurst from 7.45pm (8pm start), so welcome any budding (or experienced!) actors to join us.

Or just come a long for a good giggle and sociable catch-up.

by Merlin Beedell
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Hairspray the musical – Read the Review!

The Noda review is now in! Photos and NODA Report

A vibrant and talented young cast will be taking to the Commemoration Hall stage at the end of October to bring you the scintillating and funny 60s musical, ‘Hairspray’.

In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance programme. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colourful array of characters, leading to social change as she campaigns for the show’s integration.
In 2003 the show won eight Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, out of 13 nominations. It ran for 2,642 performances, and closed on January 4, 2009. Hairspray was adapted in 2007 as a musical film and also had a London West End production nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical.


Tickets: £8 for adults, £5 for under 18s, £25 family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children) – available from the beginning of October on TicketSource or from Southern Cross Travel on Wadhurst High St (right next to the Commem).
Special rates for groups of 10 or more – please contact Catherine c.m.whitehead@btinternet.com or on 01892 783384.
Performances start at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 28th October.  Doors and bar open half an hour before curtain up.

We’ll have you dancing in the aisles, you’ll come away singing and wowed by the young talent we have in Wadhurst!

by Merlin Beedell
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Some great events in June..

Wadhurst Youth Theatre group are to present Hairspray this autumn…

by Merlin Beedell
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“Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!” The NODA Review!

“Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!”
The play, by Nobel prize-winning Dario Fo, is a combination of comedy and satire. A spontaneous demonstration by women against rising prices ends in a riot and mass theft. Crazy disasters pile on each other as Antonia and Margherita try to conceal from their husbands what they have stolen by pretending to be miraculously pregnant and try to convince a sceptical police inspector that all the local women are celebrating the feast of St. Eulalia, the patron saint of fertility. This leads to characters eating dog food, making soup from strange ingredients, hiding in coffins and a Maoist police sergeant following Giovanni and Luigi’s lead and looting goods from a jack-knifed lorry.
The comedy is fast and furious with an undertone of real pathos and contains some coarse language.

See the Full Programme and Review for the production that took place on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May, starting at 7.45pm.


by Merlin Beedell
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Auditions, Films, Reviews!

See the recently published Noda Report On WDC 70th Year Celebrations. Very nice summary of events.

Don’t forget to come to the Auditions for “Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay” next Monday (23rd Jan).

Have you booked your tickets to see WYTKidz Grease (3:30pm) and the fabulous Mamma Mia movie (7:30pm) on Sat 28th? Projected onto the big screen at the Commem! Sing and dance along for only £5 (£3 kids) for both.

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