Malvern Theatre Players – News

Casting-call-Blithe-Spirit-2022

Future Developments

It was decided at last November’s EGM, to wind up the Malvern Theatre Players as an independent entity in September 2022.  However this does not mean that it’s the end of amateur dramatics in Malvern.

All of the MTP assets and monies will be merged with the Coach House Theatre in September, and will continue to provide a basis for independent groups to use the theatre to stage their own productions under a banner something akin to “Coach House Theatre Players”.

This will open up a host of opportunities for groups of all genres in the community to make use of the Coach House’s excellent facilities, with the reassurance that a fund will be in place to act as a safety net to cover any losses incurred if that unfortunately should happen.

This year, two productions are planned under the MTP banner to take place early and late Summer, and another will be in November under the direction of the Coach House’s artistic director, Kirsty Cubberley.

As part of the celebration of 46 years of the MTP, we are inviting members and particularly past members to share their photos and memorabilia of the past productions in which they participated. We hope to produce an exhibition of these items in the Coach House Theatre for all to see.

Next production:

Monday 20th – Saturday 25th June 2022

A play by Irish dramatist Brian Friel, set in County Wicklow in August 1936 in the fictional town of Ballybeg. It is a memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator. He recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old.

This play reflects on the lazy, hazy last days of the summer which seem to go on forever; love is in the air, albeit briefly, for the five Mundy sisters and an elder brother who returns from missionary work in Africa.

For a moment, life is filled with promise – but then reality takes hold, and the family begin to wonder how they fare under the new economic circumstances of the country.

Director  –  Denis Worth

We are looking for someone to assist with costumes.

All performances at the Coach House Theatre:   Evenings:  Monday 20th to Saturday 25th June 2022 at 7:30 Matinee:  Saturday 25th June at 2.30 Tickets  £15  are available from the Malvern Theatres box office: boxoffice@malvern-theatres.co.uk     01684 892277  

Summer Production

An outdoor production in Priory Park

28th August – 3rd September 2022

Poop-poop! Toady and Co. will be set to go, hitting the road once more in our outdoor production of Kenneth Graham’s classic story, this summer in Priory Park on the lawn behind the Coach House Theatre.

The show will be a treat for all the family & thanks to the Malvern Town Council, admission will be free for children. The Players have a well established track record for producing stage versions of children’s books having previously presented The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Witches and, most recently, an adaptation of The Railway Children.

This enchanting tale of river-folk is faithfully retold in Amelia Marriette’s new adaptation of the much loved story. The combination of nostalgia for the warmth and security of times gone by and the simple humour combined with lots of audience participation will be a certain hit. Mr Toad is in his element in this production, defending his rights as a car stealing, horn – tooting, tyre – burning speed freak.

His friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger and Otter rescue him from the worst of his enthusiasms and together the famous team save the riverbank from the hooligan, bullying, Wild-wooders in a final dramatic battle.

Andrew Howie, who has played leading roles in Malvern Theatres pantomimes and children’s shows for over 30 years, is Mr Toad and leads a cast of the Players’ most experienced actors in the principal roles supported by two teams of young people from the Act Up Coach House Theatre Youth group playing stoats, weasels, rabbits and other riverbank residents.

We are looking for actors to play the following roles:

Molebumbling, short-sighted, a bit slow, kindly (M or F)
Buck Rabbityoung and a bit aggressive,  & Woman & Chief Weasel (F)
Grandad Rabbitdeaf & cantankerous,  & Man (M)
Rattyan awfully fine chap, decent & reliable (M or F)
Ottera good father and friend to Ratty (M)
Badgerwise, old, clever, unsociable (M)
Toadunreliable, easily swayed, vain, self-centred, but loveable (sometimes) (M)
HudsonJeeves like  & Court Clerk (M or F)
Grey Marerather fed up with his lot,   & Guard & Gaoler (M)
Chief Weaselconniving (M or F)
Chief Stoateven more conniving, & Washerwoman (M or F)
Cindyclever, kind, helpful (young F)
Magistratepompous, foolish (M or F)

Directors – Chris Bassett (adults) and Carrie Kidman-Beeson (children)

In line with the Malvern Theatre Players casting policy, interested parties are invited to express an interest in taking part in the production. Priority will be given to members who committed to the postponed production.

In addition to performers we also need help with props, costume, make-up and stage management.

Rehearsals will start on Sunday 3rd July, and will continue every Sunday afternoon with one (occasionally two) additional weekday evenings.

If interested, please contact Chris Bassett at The Coach House Theatre.

01684 569011 / 07768 235574   chrisb_mtp@yahoo.co.uk

Autumn Production:

Coach House Theatre Players present

Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward

Monday 21st – Saturday 26th November 2022

Director – Kirsty Cubberley

The comic play involves the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcarti, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.

The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance.  Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Roles:

Charles Condomine(M lead) 25-45
Ruth Condomine(F lead) 25-45
Elvira Condomine(F lead) 25-45
Madame Arcati(F supporting) 45-80
Doctor Bradman(M supporting) 45-55
Mrs Bradman(F supporting) 40-55
Edith(F supporting) 18-28

Open auditions w/c 5th Sept.

Rehearsals from 19th September for 8 weeks

The Coach House Theatre needs volunteers to help with Front of House duties. If you have time to spare please, it would be very much appreciated.