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SVP Spring Newsletter

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

Letter from the Chair

At the recent AGM, which was very well attended, Richard Bray stood down from the chair and I took his place. I want to thank Richard, not only for guiding the group over the past year but also for the energy he gives to the group in many other ways. Thanks go to all the other hard working members of our committee whose efforts keep the group so vibrant and active. We were also pleased to welcome two members of the group who have now joined the committee - Jenny and Mark.

After 40 plus years in Shawbury Village Players I am still amazed at the new ideas (and sometimes recycled and refreshed old ideas) that members bring forward, along with their keenness to develop and implement them for the benefit of the public and for our enjoyment- long may this continue.

An excellent job has been done in sorting out the costume studio by Chris Fraser and helpers and we now know what we have and, more importantly, where it is in the room!

There are exciting times ahead as rehearsals are underway for this year’s summer production of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ at Acton Reynald at the end of June and our young people’s production of Anniversary of Camelot in July - again thanks are offered to the members of the group who spend precious time on Sundays running a successful workshop for existing and new junior members of the group and giving two of young people the confidence and know how to take on the direction of their play.

At the recent meeting several more proposals were made for future productions so it looks as if there is a busy time ahead with these and in keeping the group abreast of all the legislation that applies to us and also keeping up with technological improvements which allow us to offer an even better performance to our loyal audience.

Looking forward to seeing you at Acton Reynald!

Jo Humphreys

SVP Chair

Dates for the Diary

• Friday 28th April - Next Monthly Quiz

Fun rounds, conundrums and prizes to be won on Friday 28th April and on the last Friday of each month after. Teams of up to six, £3 a head, doors open at 7:00pm to start at 7:30pm.

• Monday 1st May - Props Cataloguing

Our wardrobe co-ordinator, Chris Fraser, along with other members of the players will be coming together to sort out the often neglected corner of the costume studio, the props shelves! Cataloguing, sorting and checking our collection of props. 11:30am to 2:00pm.

• Wednesday 28th June to Saturday 1st July - And Then There Were None

Shawbury Village Players will present a dramatic adaptation of Agatha Christie’s best selling crime novel ‘And Then There Were None’ at Acton Reynald Hall from 28th June - 1st July. Directed by Richard Bray.

• Saturday 22nd July - Anniversary at Camelot

Join the Knights of the Round Table on their quest to procure the perfect anniversary presents for King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Directed by Lucy Hearn and Leah Maddocks.

We will endeavour to send these updates regularly moving forward, but for more up to date information regarding the SVP Workshop, quizzes, auditions and shows, follow us on Facebook if you don’t already, where we post more regular updates on specific events.

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