A selection of photos from our recent production of Dracula can now be found in the Main Productions gallery. Many thanks and congratulations to the director Bazil Leith on his debut for Harleston Players, producer Juliet Lloyd and to all the cast and crew for their hard work in putting together this powerful show. The three performances were very well attended by enthusiastic audiences who clearly enjoyed the spectacle. The show also saw some new actors join the Players – Tony Winn as Dracula and Morgan Heasley as Dr Seward – and we look forward to working with them again.
By Ron Hutchison
Directed by Joe Edwards
Auditions for our spring production, Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchison, will be taking place at 7.30pm on 2nd and 9th of December at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston. The play is set in Hollywood in 1939. Film producer David O. Selznick has just five days to produce a script for the most eagerly anticipated movie in history – Gone With The Wind. Engaging the reluctant services of ace script doctor Ben Hecht – possibly the only person in America who has not read the novel – and the movie’s new director Victor Fleming, and with nothing but a stockpile of peanuts and bananas to sustain them, Selznick locks himself in his office with his two collaborators, and a marathon creative session begins.
Directed by Joe Edwards (who played Blackadder in our recent production), Moonlight and Magnolias has roles for three men and one woman; American accents and frenetic energy will be required! For more information, contact David Cumming on 01986 788439 or through the contact page.
In the autumn of 2015 we are planning to run a series of acting skills workshops for young people aged 9-15. These will be run by Mark Finbow of The Keeper’s Daughter theatre company, who led our highly innovative Justin Thyme youth drama project.
Eight sessions will be run on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-9pm in the Sancroft Centre at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston, from 29th September to 24th November (with a break for half-term on October 27th). This will be an amazing opportunity for our young actors to develop their acting skills, including breathing and voice, screen acting, verse speaking and physical theatre. The skills learned will then be carried forward to future youth theatre productions.
Massive congratulations to young Harleston Player Breeze Redwine for winning the pre-teen category in the national Teenstar singing competition. Performing to a capacity crowd at the national finals at the NEC in Birmingham on July 25th, Breeze received the judges’ highest marks for her performance of ‘Here Alone’, a song by her vocal coach Lisa Redford. Earlier this year, Breeze played Lena Marelli and one of Dandy Dan’s henchmen in Bugsy Malone – including a stunning rendition of ‘There’s no business like show business’. To hear some of Breeze’s amazing singing, visit her youtube page.
Congratulations to Cathy Gill (Director) and everyone involved in our January 2014 production of The Railway Children, which was awarded the National Operatic and Dramatic Association’s Best Play of 2014 for our part of East Anglia. This is a fantastic achievement, and well deserved for what was undoubtedly one of our strongest production of recent years. The Award was accepted on behalf of Harleston Players by Helen Farrar at the Eastern Region NODA Awards, held in St Ives (Cambridgeshire) in April 2015.