Boxing Day Sales Rampaged?
Can’t wait for the New Year celebrations?
Then you must put Wednesday 28th December in your diary!
A compèred evening of fabulous, fun entertainment including:
The Tennyson Tappers
Seasonal Comedy Sketches
Renowned & Talented Local Vocalists / Entertainers
Grand Finale: Bethlehem Fawlty
(A brilliantly funny, specially written Christmas episode
of Fawlty Towers never broadcast on TV – not to be missed!)
ST MARY’S HALL
Corner of Knowle Street / George Street, Mablethorpe
7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm) 28th December
Donations after show invited
All proceeds to St Mary’s refurbishment fund
REFRESHMENTS & RAFFLE
We invite 7 -18 year-olds to take part in our 18th Easter holiday drama workshop:
10.00am - 3.30pm each day at Monks Dyke Tennyson College, Mablethorpe site
£25 for the whole week
Run by CRB/DBS checked volunteers from Tennyson Players
Application forms from Laura (462795) or download below
Discretionary funding for eligible families.
Advance tickets for our production of The Wizard Of Oz (20th, 21st & 22nd November) are now available at a discount price on our website. Adults £5 & Children £3.
Pay on the door price: Adults £6 & Children £3.50
Advance tickets will also be available from Tuesday 20th October at:
Poyntons Shoes, Mablethorpe
Watson Home Hardware, Sutton-on-Sea
Listen to Moira Love & the cast of Strictly Sex Factor on Ice chatting to Brian Wesley on Coastal FM and performing an excerpt from the show, on stage at the Dunes 27th & 28th June. Tickets on sale now!
Our next production is Strictly Sex Factor On Ice & The Fat Lady Sings. These are two one act comedies revolving around the Little Grimley amateur dramatics society and their humorous attempts to pull in audiences of more than 6 with their chairman's latest 'big idea'. They are tremendously funny and have proved very popular with audiences around the UK. We first performed 'Strictly' a couple of years ago to small audiences in the Community Hall. Now, by popular demand, we bring it back to the big stage at the Dunes Complex coupled with the last comedy in the Little Grimley series "The Fat Lady Sings".
Make a date: Dunes Complex, Mablethorpe on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June, 7.30 pm.
Tickets are priced at £5 each and are on sale here on our website now.
Tickets will go on general sale from Poyntons Shoes, High Street Mablethorpe & Watson Home Hardware, High Street Sutton-on-Sea on Saturday 6th June.
Why not give yourself and perhaps some friends a summer treat and come along to see the show!
All are welcome to our performances of Murder at the Mansion on Friday 10th April involving 50+ enthusiastic young people at Monks Dyke Tennyson College. There are two performances, 3:00pm & 6:00pm. Adults £3.00, Children £1.00
Agnes Brown, aka Chris Flanagan, chats to William Wright on air at BBC Radio Lincolnshire about the Christmas 2012 episodes being performed at the Dunes Complex in November 2014. We think she gave him a run for his money!
Stage Craft Acting Dancing Singing
Tennyson Players Easter Holiday Drama Workshop 2015
Tennyson Amateur Players offer local young people (between 7 and 18 years) the chance to attend a Drama Workshop for five days.
Dates - Monday 6th to Friday 10th April inclusive.
Place - Monks Dyke Tennyson College - Seaholme Road, Mablethorpe.
Cost - £25 per child for the entire five days.
We have places for only 60 youngsters. Working in mixed aged groups, with CRB/DBS checked leaders, they will be singing, dancing, acting and learning stage craft. On the Friday, they'll perform two shows for their families and friends.
As well as a chance to acquire skills, this is a fun experience!
The theme this year is Murder at the Mansion - Mr Black's party at Tudor Manor is the place to be....BUT a crime most horrid has been committed...
Who did it and why and how?
And which detective will solve the mystery?
We work every day from 10am till 3.30pm.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and soft shoes. They need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of liquids. No experience is needed.
If you would like your child to attend, please download an application form below (PDF file) and return it with a deposit of £5 to Laura Hickin, Hazel Cottage, Church Lane, Saleby LN13 0HZ (462795). Cheques should be made payable to Tennyson Amateur Players. Sorry - we can't guarantee a place without a deposit.
ARE YOU COMING TO SEE MRS BROWN'S BOYS?
GET 10% OFF A PRE-SHOW MEAL AT THE DUNES COMPLEX - JUST SHOW YOUR TICKET.
VALID ONLY FOR THE DATE ON YOUR TICKET.
ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISED - CALL 01507 479999
The daughter of one of our members has organised a fund raising event for Macmillan. She'd really appreciate your support!
SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
MABLETHORPE COMMUNITY HALL
1PM - 3PM
KDS TOMBOLA ~ RAFFLE ~ GAMES & PRIZES ~ CAKES & YUMMY TREATS ~ TEAS & COFFEES
Hoping you can spare a half hour to get along and enjoy yourself
Tickets for our production of Mrs Brown's Boys: MammyChristmas & The Virgin Mammy, will go on sale to the general public on Monday 15th September priced from £5.
Performances Dates at The Dunes Complex
Saturday 22nd November, 7.30pm
Sunday 23rd November, 3.00pm
Saturday 29th November, 7.30pm
Sunday 30th November, 3.00pm
Tickets can be obtained here on our website with payment by debit or credit card or from Official Ticket Outlets:
Watson Home Hardware
32 High Street
Tel/Fax: 01 507 441523
80 High Street
With thanks to Brendan O'Carroll & Stephen McCrum (BBC Producer of the show) for granting special permission to stage these tremendously funny seasonal episodes.
Tennyspn Players and Sutton Theatre Company are joining forces in a production at The Dunes Theatre on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July at 7.30 pm. - "Blitz, Glitz & other Bitz"
Pay on the Door: Adults £5.00 Under 18's £2.50.
We have a large cast drawn from both drama societies and is an entertaining review of the past century in song, dance, drama and comedy.
Starting in the 1910's, with a tribute to the centenary of WW1 (and some Charlie Chaplin!), we travel through each decade with the Charleston; some naughty antics on the Home Front in WW2; our very own skiffle group; '60's dancers Gran's (Pan's) People - as you've never seen them before; great '8o's film hits and the Spice Girls, "Strictly" and the 2012 Olympics.
Our audience can eat and drink and sing along in the newly refurbished theatre at the Dunes Complex.
Just in case you missed the 9th April Edition of the Louth Leader, here is a link to the front page article detailing the story behind Tennyson Players being given permission to stage the two 2012 Christmas episodes of Mrs Brown's Boys:
Coastal FM interviewed our chairman, Laura Hickin, and Moira Love about this year's SCADS Easter Drama Workshop. You can listen to the interview here:
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Auditions are to be held on 27th & 29th April from 7:00pm to 9.00pm in the Community Hall, Stanley Avenue, Mablethorpe.
As well as Agnes, Winnie, Cathy and all the boys there are plenty of parts available, including some for children as angels in the Nativity. Irish brogue is not essential as full training will be given! We are also looking to recruit anyone interested in being involved in set design / building, pros, wardrobe, front of house etc and would welcome any new faces who fancy treading the boards or becoming involved in what will be an amazing production for the area.
Scripts are now available to download in Word or PDF format at the bottom of this page.
Format for the Auditions
Sunday 27th April: 'Mammy Christmas' - This episode contains all the principal characters, most of whom also appear in 'The Virgin Mammy' episode.
Tuesday 29th April: 'The Virgin Mammy' - As well as the principal characters this episode has additional parts for the Nativity scenes, including parts suitable for children.
Please download, print and bring a copy of the script(s) to the auditions. There will only be a very limited number of spare scripts available. Scripts currently contain all the dialogue but limited stage directions, lighting and sound cues. Final scripts will be issued to the cast in July.
The auditions will begin with attendees being asked to put their names against characters they are interested in playing. There will then be a read through of part or all of the episodes, with appropriate pauses to reallocate characters according to expressed interests.
If you wish to audition for a principal character and are only able to attend on one of the evenings, that would not put you at a disadvantage.
It is anticipated that parts will be offered within 72 hours of the auditions. Please remember that, by auditioning and accepting a part, you will be making a committment to attend twice weekly rehearsals from July onward as well as being available for the performances. Performance dates are set for 22nd November (7.30pm), 23rd November (3.00pm), 29th November (7.30pm) and 30th November (3.00pm) at the Dunes Complex, Mablethorpe.
Finally, if you would like to refresh your memory of the two episodes prior to the auditions they are located online at:
Mammy Christmas: http://vimeo.com/66457939
The Virgin Mammy: http://vimeo.com/67060904
Casting Collective are looking for extras for their filming of Testament of Youth, a 1st World War period drama. If you or any friends or family fit this brief below, please apply online ASAP:
Men age 16 to 50 No taller than 6' 1" with a bit of hair (not shaved heads)
Women age 16 to 50 dress size 6 to 14 with longish natural coloured hair
Please apply here www.castingcollective.co.uk/worldwar
Tennyson Players & Sutton Theatre Company are joining forces to peform a specially written production, based on the decades of the last 100 years since the Great War. The show will be at the Dunes Complex 11th & 12th July.
The July production is taking shape nicely with lots of content now well into the planning, and even rehearsing, stage. We are planning a rehearsal schedule to ensure that everyone who wants to be involved can play a role that suits their interests. There is a meeting this Sunday for all members and would be members at 7pm to organise rehearsals and finalise the cast.
A brief synopsis:
Opening - An elderly mother and her son are confronted by two teenage burglars and introduce idea of changes since WW1.
1910's -Short scripted drama: WW1 - Female munitions workers, soldiers, suffragettes, early cinema, loss of young soldiers. Includes several songs as part of the action.
20's/30's - A pot pourri of dance and drama depicting decadance and depression
40's - A monologue based on personal childhood experiences during WW2, with mimed action from actors and historical sound recordings. "Brief Encounter" pastiche .
50's - Amusing account of food in fifties. Skiffle group & fifties music.
60's - The "Frost Report" & Pan's People reunion: Gran's People?!!
70's - Humourous monologue from an Ageing Punk Cast ensemble song.
80's - Celebration of Film: Montage ncluding music and dance to some of the following - Fame, Flashdance, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future.
90’s - The information Age: Comedy sketch based in computer repair shop.
2000's - The new millenium "Strictly Come Dancing" with glitzy ladies poetry and the 2012 Olympics sketch and patriotic finale (Union Jacks as in Olympic awards).
Epilogue - The century comes full circle reaching a climax with upbeat ensemble songs.
Full details of performance and ticket availability will be published here on our website in due course.
Update 6th April - Rehearsal Schedule available to download below:
We are thrilled to announce that we have been granted permission by Brendan O'Carroll (aka Agnes Brown) and Stephen McCrum (BBC producer of Mrs Brown's Boys) to stage four performances of the two Christmas 2012 episodes of Mrs Brown's Boys - Mammy Christmas & The Virgin Mammy. We believe we are one of only two companies to be given this honour to date - quite some achievement.
Brendan is very keen to support projects that involve or benefit young people. His company have very generously donated £250 toward production costs. All profits from staging the show will go toward funding our Easter Drama Workshops (SCADS) and we plan to involve older teenagers in key elements of the production such as lighting, sound, ticketing, set building etc.
This is a very exciting venture, not just for Tennyson Players but for the community as a whole and The Dunes Complex, where it will be staged. We will be seeking the support and involvement of as many local people as possible so that they can be part of making it a success.
Below you will see a timeline of things that will be happening between February and November, when the show will be staged. Click on a + sign to expand any part of the timeline.This timeline will be updated regularly as planning progresses. If you feel that you can contribute or help in any way please do let us know.
Producer: Chris Flanagan
Director: Neil Smaller
Assistant Director: Robert Watson
We have just completed a major overhaul of the software which runs our website. The old version is no longer supported for security updates and bug fixes and features we wished to implement required a more up to date version.
A casual glance will not reveal a lot of change, as the design has been retained - most of the changes are 'under the hood'. [Update 24.1.14 - I decided to change the design / colours to better fit with some of the new features] To save visitors and members having to play 'spot the difference' here is a list of the main things enhanced to date:
- Member login is now via a button at the top right of any page, rather than from a link in the menu at the bottom of the page.
- There is a completely new look to the Forum. The old forum software is not supported on the new core software and it has been necessary to use something else. It has quite a few extra features but, sadly, these are a little at the expense of the simple look of the old forum. I hope members don't find it too confusing. All the topics and posts have been preserved but it will be necessary for users to re-upload their avatar image into their profile and also re-subscribe to topics and threads that they were following to be notified of new posts.
- Members can now add their full details to a members database to facilitate tracking of subscriptions and communications via email. Please do this as soon as possible using the link on the home page.
- Shortly a new ticketing system for our performances will be made live. The new system will allow purchase of reserved seats from a seating plan at chosen venues.
- Sadly the data that shows how many people have liked, shared or sent links to others via Facebook could not be preserved and has had to be set back to zero. So, get cracking and like everything again!
- The website is now fully mobile and tablet friendly, making it easier for you to keep up to date with Tennyson Players whilst you are on the move.
- Finally, there is a small issue with the display of inages in the Galleries which is being investigated.
We are always grateful to receive constructive feedback on our website so if there is something you'd like to praise or recommend for change please do let us know via the Contact page.
The Dunes Complex in Mablethorpe will have Ratatouille and Waldorf Salad on the menu when The Tennyson Players perform Fawlty Towers, by John Cleese and Connie Booth this month
Audiences will be treated to two of the best know episodes, Basil The Rat and Waldorf Salad, featuring favourite characters from the TV series. Mayhem ensues when Basil Fawlty, aided and abetted by his staff, tries to hide an escaped pet rat from attentions of the hotel inspector and Basil meets his match when an American tourist threatens to ‘bust his ass’ over a salad.
Starters and deserts are added to the entertainment menu with appearances by the Two Bonnies, presenting 1970’s Torquay news in the style of the infamous Ronnies Corbett and Barker (with a twist!) plus a very funny collection of hotel notices penned in pidgin English by hapless waiter Manuel.
Director, Chris Flanagan, has commended the spirit of community involvement generated in bringing the show together. “We’re immensely grateful to businesses and organisations in the Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe and Sutton-on-Sea area who have provided venues to rehearse and perform, donated props and set materials and are supporting this production in so many ways. This is allowing a highly talented amateur cast to bring live theatre to many in the area who would not otherwise be able to experience it.”
An Evening At Fawlty Towers will be showing at The Dunes Complex, Mablethorpe on Saturday 26th October, 7.30pm and Sunday 27th October, 3.00pm & 7.30pm.
Advance tickets for our production of Fawlty Towers are now available online at http://www.tennysonplayers.org.uk/buy-tickets.html
Tickets will also be on sale from 25th September at the following local outlets:
Dunes Complex, Mablethorpe
Poyntons Shoes, High Street, Mablethorpe
Watson's Home Hardware, High Street, Sutton-on-Sea
The Home Handyman, Market Place, Alford
Advance Ticket Prices, all performances
Adult - £5.00, Child / Student Under 18 - £3.00
On the Door Prices (subject to availability)
Adult - £6.00, Child / Student Under 18 - £3.00
Performance Dates / Times
Saturday 26th October, 7.30pm
Sunday 27th October, 3.00pm
Sunday 27th October, 7.30pm
Following the huge success of our 2012 comedy production, 'Allo 'Allo, we will be auditioning for a production of Fawlty Towers on Tuesday 2nd July at 7.00pm in the Community Centre, Stanley Avenue, Mablethorpe.
As well as Basil & Sybil Fawlty, Manuel, Polly, & The Major there are plenty of parts available - up to 22 in total. If you've ever fancied treading the boards or being involved in set design / building, props / effects, stage management etc the Players would love to see you on 2nd July.
Performances will be on October 26th (evening) & 27th (evening & possible matinee) in The Dunes, Mablethorpe.
To receive a copies of scripts and a list of parts, please request using our contact form or contact the Director, Chris Flanagan, on 015007 472146
Think over and make room for Briony
In your heart there must be a space
For Briony was one of our very best friends
We surely can find her a place
Remember and never forget
We’ll always remember dear Briony
She was one of the best you can get
She loved that hit musical, Hairspray
She really did think it was neat
She’d want you to sit back and enjoy
As we perform ‘Can’t Stop The Beat’!
Remember and never forget
We’ll always remember dear Briony
She was one of the best you can get
Yes, she had a great sense of humour
This next sketch would have her in fits
Especially written by Peter
Please giggle at all the right bits!
Summer hols on the beach with a picnic
The ev’nings were spent at the Dunes
Entering all talent contests
And singing her favourite tunes
A Rainbow, a Brownie, Young Leader
The Girl Guides were where she belonged
There’s nothing she liked doing better
Than singing a few campfire songs
Donning her tights in the pantos
Was one of our Briony’s highs
Principal boy was her forte
Slaying villains and slapping her thighs
In Tennyson Player’s drama workshops
She really was quite a big hit
In Dazzle and in Spookerama
And especially when being Cousin IT
She was light on her toes when tap dancing
She’d often be seen ‘Stepping Out’
The dancing she loved in Chicago
A talent she was without doubt
In the Montalt she’d do karaoke
She made sure the evenings weren’t dull
In tribute we say to you, Briony
Big Girls – You Are Beautiful
In the car she would turn up the volume
She’d deafen all those she passed by
Playing her fave drivin’ music
The tune River Deep Mountain High
Instead of rehearsing the Snow Queen
A secret we can now reveal
She was to be found in the foyer
Doing dances and numbers from Glee
At some things you just couldn’t beat her
You could try and try all you like
Undisputed Mablethorpe Champion
Of the family game “Pass the Mic”
She’s want us to end with a fav’rite
A dance that we’ve always enjoyed
Come join us in doing the Time Warp
It’s something we just can’t avoid!
Lyrics by Chris Flanagan
The Tennyson Players will be performing two one act plays, both comedies, on Sunday June 23rd. Performances are at 2.30 and 7.30 in the Community Hall, Stanley Avenue (behind Lidl). Admission £4.00 Tickets are available from Players members.
"A Bite of the Apple" by David Schutte.
Here is a very different account of the creation. Set in the Celestial Patents Office before everything began. Will the Spirits grant a patent for the production of a new planet called the Earth? God only knows!
The author, David Schutte, will be coming to the Sunday evening performance!
"Strictly Sex Factor on Ice" by David Tristram.
Why are there so few bums on seats at the Saturday night performances of the Mablethorpe Dramatic Society? Set in the present at the society's hall with broken down boiler Gordon has yet another idea to bring the crowds in! Joyce takes to roller skates to bring audiences back to live theatre.
Let it be known how much we enjoyed going to watch the 65th annual pantomime performed at Trusthorpe on Tuesday 19th February! It was a wonderful night's entertainment. Congratulations to all concerned. (In spite of being targetted by that nasty old wolf!)
Who knows ..... perhaps the experience will inspire the Players to perform panto themsleves soon? Watch this space!
It's that time of year when local schools who are kind enough to let us take some of their assembly time get a visit! Moira and I have started the ball rolling with a short talk to Monks Dyke Tennyson students at the Mablethorpe site in this morning's assembly. Thanks to the Head, Mr Marsden, and staff. Application forms are in all local schools' offices for students to collect. Laura
Tennyson Players, have put together a tribute variety show in memory of the wonderful, unforgettable Briony Bowen, who very sadly passed away very recently. Briony was a member of our group for many years, and was a talented singer, dancer and actress. A real star!
The show will highlight some of the best moments in her life, focusing on her past performances, as well as favorite songs of hers from musicals such as Chicago and hairspray and many more. The Variety show includes short plays, singing and dancing. All money raised will be going to a cause of Briony's family's choice. It will be a great night full of laughter and fun. Just what Briony would have wanted.
The 2013 AGM agenda, 2012 AGM minutes and NODA 2012 regional meeting minutes are to be found on forum thread re suggestions for 2013 AGM.
As our planned AGM date was too snowy for comfort, we are now meeting at 7.00 pm on 27th January - same place. Agenda will be emailed to members shortly and I will be attempting to put it on this website also.
We're in the exciting planning stage of our SCADS Easter drama workshop for 7 - 18 year olds. It starts on Easter Monday (April 1st this year!) and runs for five days at the Mablethorpe site of Monks Dyke Tennyson College. The young people participate in stage craft, acting, dance and singing (hence SCADS) from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm each day. On the last day we put it all together in two performances for parents, friends and family.
We usually have around 60 children taking part; they work in small groups with CRB-checked leaders for most of the week. Last year had a circus theme (see the fab photos in our gallery); this year we will be literally out of this world with space pirates, Dr Who, Darth Vader, Mr Spock and some glam space girls!
Because we have some funding from ELDC and Conoco, we are again charging just £20.00 per child for the five days (we can make special concessions if there are problems meeting this cost).
If you would like your child to attend, you can contact us via this website, our facebook page, or ring Moira (472391) or Laura (462795).
We're getting excited about our Easter drama workshop for 7 - 18 year -olds: had our first planning meeting last night and some fun and clever ideas were zooming around! £20 for 5 days' drama, stage craft, singing and dancing - with two performances on the last day - can't be bad. It all takes place at the Mablethorpe site of Monks Dyke Tennyson College; starts on Easter Monday (April 1st - you'll be an April Fool to miss it!). Last year it was a circus theme (see our SCADS photo gallery). This year it'll be literally out of this world - space pirates meet Dr Who, Darth Vader and some very glam space sirens! Contact us via this website to apply or phone Moira (472391) or Laura (462795).
We are the Tennyson Players
We function by the coast
We have a lot of talent
Infact we've more than most
We've actors, singers, dancers
Writers by the score
And if you shine at any of these
There's always room for more
Some time ago we weren't so good
We'd hit an all time low.
We'd somehow lost our drive and verve
We'd seemed to only want to ebb
No desire to flow.
Then Joanne met with Shirley
In Horncastle one day.
Shirley said (boasting) how her group
Could put on many a play.
Seven a year was what she said
But Joanne could take a hint
She got the bit between her teeth
And we've never stopped since.
Seaside Dreams, Halloween,
Christmas, Spring the lot.
We've made the best of everyone
And best is what we've got.
Our photographs are marvellous
Our posters are our pride - thanks Gary!
Our website is miraculous
I can't get into it though, I've tried! - You Chris!
Yes 2012 has had its ups
But also had its downs
We've cried our tears for Briony
Come on folks, smiles now, not frowns
And now to 2013
A very busy year
With tributes, musicals and plays
And a festival to share
Our drama workshop going strong
The youngsters love it so
Its good for them and good for us
That's something you all know.
I'm sure theres even more to come
In two thousand and thirteen
Our chairman might come up with schemes
She guides us well, we've seen.
Young Chris willl guard the money
He does it very well.
We did that play last Christmas
Scrooge as I can tell.
Our name was based on Tennyson School
Whose motto, was "Aim High"
And we're the Tennyson Players
Our limit is the sky.
Several of us have said we'd like to go to this show at Grimsby Auditorium and favoured the 23rd March 5.30 performance (Moira, Jo, Beki.Chris F., Chris P., Tony, are people I mentally noted). Please let me know asap if you'd like to join us. Thanks.
The Tennyson Players AGM will be on Sunday 20th January at 7.00 pm at The Community Hall, Stanley Avenue, Mablethorpe. Go to our forum page if you want to suggest any points for the agenda.
Photos from the dress rehearsal of The Snow Queen are now in the Gallery. Thanks, as always, to the talented Gary!
Celebrate Halloween into November and join Tennyson Players in an evening packed with Music, Song, Dance and a hilariously funny melodrama first performed at the Dunes, Mablethorpe almost 40 years ago. The Players aim to make it a "Spectacular" evening of entertainment full of thrills and chills!
Advance interest has been so strong that a performance in Alford has also been arranged. Tickets can be booked online here on our website for either performance. Alternatively, please ask any member of the Players.
Photos from rehearsals are online in our Facebook Photo stream
Photos from the performance of 'Allo 'Allo in Alford Corn Exchange on Sunday July 15th have now been published in the Gallery. A large and appreciative audience supported the event - thank you!
In recognition of his contribution to Tennyson Players, young member Zak has been presented with a certificate of merit and framed picture. Making the presentation, chairman Laura Hickin paid tribute to Zak's commitment to his regular attendance at rehearsals and the learning and enthusiastic portrayal of the parts he has played in the last 12 months. These include Billy in Seaside Dreams and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.
People can't get enough of 'Allo 'Allo, it seems! After two sell-out performances in Mablethorpe in April, we've had requests for a performance in Alford so... on 15th July at 7.30 pm we will be doing it again at the Corn Exchange, Market Square. Tickets £4.50 - can be bought online, booked by phone (462795/472391) or bought at the door.
We were the first of the seven groups who performed at Skegness Playgoers' 64th Play Festival this year (21st -26th May). Monday 21st saw four of us arriving at the Crazy Horse Saloon Theatre, Butlins, at 10.00 in the morning armed with props, costumes, CD, lighting plot and gels to be greeted by the organisers who made us very welcome. This new venue (the Embassy Centre of previous years has become too expensive), was more intimate, less intimidating and although the stage is not very deep, which caused some problems with positioning, we found we could adapt "Seaside Dreams" easily.
All 20 of us (the biggest cast in number and age range in the festival ) crammed into two dressing rooms and amazingly managed to change, make up, eat and remain friends! Jo even found space to curl her hair with heated rollers. A last-minute rehearsal was cut short by the doors opening for early audience arrivals. Suddenly, it was 7.30 and we were on - our last performance of "Seaside Dreams". We had revived it after its run last summer, but with seven cast changes and only six rehearsals after the previous production, it had been frenetic and nerves were frayed. Despite all this, we committed ourselves well and enjoyed it enormously. The small, but select, Monday night audience seemed to as well! The adjudicator (Marie O'Sullivan) made many positive comments and few criticisms (mainly related to positioning due to the narrow stage). It was heartening that she commented not only on individual performances but on how we as a group worked so well together. She was impressed by the number of members under 21 who were included.
Saturday night: after the last play, awards were presented by Mark Anderson, Mayor of Skegness , based on the adjudicator's assessments. Beki Bowen most deservedly won the trophy for most promising actress under 21 for her excellent portrayals of Puck, stage hypnotist, and super efficient P. A. , Phyllis. Trophy for most promising actor under 21 was won by Oliver Stafford, who had stepped into the role of Stan, the joiner, and the Lion at short notice. The trophy was accepted by me in Oliver's absence (I have it on good authority that he was presented with it in his school assembly the next week!). We are so proud of our young actors all of whom add so much energy and talent to our society.
Several adult members received nominations for trophies; Moira, Ryan and Peter were shortlisted for best supporting actors; Jo, Tony and myself for best actors; Ryan's death scene was shortlisted as supreme comic moment and - amazingly - my song for the adjudicator's special award. We were pipped at the post by other nominees, but to be nominated at all was a great honour, considering the high standard of two or three of the other groups.
Next year? It could well be another of our in-house written plays, but not quite such a large cast. Watch this space...
Two of our members received awards for their performances in Seaside Dreams at this year's Skegness Drama Festival. Beki Bowen was voted Most Promising Young Actress and Oliver Stafford picked up the Most Promising Young Actor Award. We also received nominations for best actor, best actress, best setting, best character actor and actress and best comedic moment.
Full report coming soon. Meanwhile, why not take a look at some of the photos of the Festival in our Gallery.
Rehearsals have been going well and we'd be delighted if you'd come along and support Tennyson Players perform Seaside Dreams at the Skegness Drama Festival. It makes such a difference to any performance to have a sizeable audience.
The show is being held in the Crazy Horse Saloon, which is on the caravan park side of the site (east of the main A52), and starts at 7.30pm. We hope to see you there!
Tennyson Players today commence rehearsing their entry in the 2012 Skegness Drama Festival. Our entry this year will be Seaside Dreams, first performed by the Players in the late summer of 2011. The play was the direct result of the Players' association with the RSC Open Stages project 2011-2012 and, as well as being performed to audiences in Mablethorpe Community Centre, it also show-cased on Mablethorpe seafront as part of the 2011 Bathing Beauties Festival.
Written by Laura Hickin and Moira Love, it is based on Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream and is set in Mablethorpe in 1953, immediately after the devastating floods.
Skegness Drama Festival
Full Length & One Act Plays
The Crazy Horse Saloon, Butlins Holiday Camp, Skegness
21 - 26 May 2012
Adjudicator: Marie O'Sullivan
Contact: Sue Sharman
Tel: 01754 765788